New Basil Pesto at Quiznos ---NO NUTS

Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 6:11am
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hi all,

I was getting lunch today at Quizno's and saw that they have a new sandwich with a Basil Pesto. I immediately sigh'd. For those who are TNA and need to be concerned with walnuts or pine nuts in pesto...it could be a cross-x scenario.

However [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I asked to see the ingredients, and they don't have a book, but they brought out the container.

It's fake pesto [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Just basil garlic and other mayonnaise ingredients...no walnuts or pine nuts or any nuts.

I'm going to go write a letter on their website thanking them for keeping Quiznos nut-free. (well, besides the prepackaged cookies, but those don't affect me b/c they are not handled by those making sandwiches and are not cooked on the premises)

Adrienne

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Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 8:53am
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Adrienne,
I can't remember, are you sesame allergic too? My younger son wants to try them, but I assumed they were probably chock full of sesame.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 9:27am
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
[b]Adrienne,
I can't remember, are you sesame allergic too? My younger son wants to try them, but I assumed they were probably chock full of sesame.
Amy[/b]
well - I'm 'sorta' sesame allergic. I've never had a problem and up to a few years ago I'd eat sesame bagels, sesame chicken, and Kashi 7-grain everything...then I got bloodwork done for peanuts and every kind of nut and seed and related things like papaya, mango, zucchini, avocado, etc.
I came back as a borderline Class I/II for sesame...but also showed the same result for peas. I've eaten peas and sesame my whole life without incident. I did end up linking a "flushed chest/neck" to sesame...I think...it also springs up once it goes over 90d here, which is 4 months of the year.
Anyhoot - I decided to stop eating blatant sesame foods, but I'd don't care about a stray sesame seed in bread or cross-x. I had conversations with both my allergist and primary care doc about it...and since I have no 'history' of any kind of reaction, I'm probably not allergic. You can test positive (the borderline Class I and II) to things you consume or are exposed to everyday...ahhhhh...the mysteries of body chemistry [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Anyway --- Quiznos primary bread is a sesame coated white bread. I don't get it, I get wheat.
So - if you are worried about sesame, I wouldn't eat at Quizno's...sesame seeds everywhere on that counter and in the bread bins.
Adrienne

Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 12:08pm
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Thanks, that's what I figured.
This sesame issue is at least as big a pain in the you-know-what as PA is!
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 07/02/2007 - 3:16am
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A couple years ago I phoned Quiznos and they suggested that the cookies might be toasted on the sandwich toaster, thus the sandwiches might have a risk of cross-contamination. Has anyone else heard this?
Janet

Posted on: Mon, 07/02/2007 - 4:19am
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Since I am also soy allergic, I never even thought to check Quiznos out... but according to their allergen info I can eat almost anything there!
I will call before actually going, though.
It looks from their website that they only make Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies... Not that those are necessarily Safe, but I would think any cross contamination risk would be low- did they offer a pb/tn cookie in the past?
They don't list the cookies in their allergen statement...
Tara P

Posted on: Mon, 07/02/2007 - 4:50am
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I've going to Quiznos since coming to Arizona (they didn't have them where I was on the east coast) --- they don't make their own cookies. They come prepackaged from a vendor --- I've seen every variety of cookie, including peanut butter --- but it's really no different than being at a convenience store and having a safe Hershey bar on the same display as Reese's. They are all packaged up, from the vendor. You pick them up where you pick up your bagged chips.
I suppose a customer or employee could run a cookie through the toaster, but they don't advertise that and it's not something they do. I'd say it's the same risk you take with going to a fast food place and an employee deep frying a Snickers when the manager isn't looking or late night.
Adrienne

Posted on: Mon, 07/02/2007 - 12:04pm
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In Canada they have PB Cookies, and I have also been told they heat them up in the same toaster the sandwich goes through. A manager told me they do this regularly.
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Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2007 - 10:04am
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Our local Quiznos chuckled when I asked if they toast the cookies in the same sandwich toaster. They never heard of doing it, but I suppose it doesn't mean someone won't ask.

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2007 - 11:03am
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...maybe the toasted cookies is just a Canadian thing...
??? it's not regularly done where I am, though it's not out of the realm of possibility.
Adrienne
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Posted on: Thu, 08/02/2007 - 1:30pm
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Adrienne, I take it that you trust Quiznos?
I was in PHX today and had a heck of a time finding a place to eat. I've never eaten at Quiznos before and couldn't remember reading any info about in on PA.com.
I asked the manager - and she said she didn't have any allergy info but wished the corporate headquarters would get on the ball and provide them with brochures.
She told me the info is available online but I couldn't find any allergy info on their website.

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