New PB Oreos - Campaign to keep Reg. Oreos safe

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 6:31am
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pHi Folks/p
pPlease click on this link to send your thoughts to Nabisco regarding their new product, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Oreos. Enter your age then select/p

Posted on: Sat, 04/06/2002 - 2:13am
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Bumping this up. I just fired off an email. Hope everyone does the same.

Posted on: Sat, 04/06/2002 - 3:56am
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I sent two. Just got one canned response about how they never introduce a new flavor or variety without doing consumer testing first and getting a "majority vote". I just responded with a "Gee, thanks...that will make my 3 1/2 year old feel better."
Lori

Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 7:28am
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Well, at least I don't feel like its personal...they sent *me* a canned response of how they are confident that shared lines are not a problem since they have thorough sanitation procedures in place.
Yeah right.
Can I sue you if you're wrong? (On second thought, I don't think I want to *be* in a position to sue you at all... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )

Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 8:07am
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What am I, chopped liver? They haven't even had the decency to send me any response at all. Hmppfff!
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 8:17am
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Going Nuts,
Don't feel bad, I posted several days ago and I just received thier nice little canned response (same as above). Grrrr! My poor little guy is once again in the throes of an asthma attack and has been getting steadily worse all day. Better run.
Valerie

Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 8:20am
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Amy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Ditto,all I received was a confirmation of my e-mail.
I can't remember if this was the e-mail that I said," please do not respond unless someone has researched this reply to be correct information, as it will be posted on peanutallergy.com."
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Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 11:33am
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I just sent them an e-mail too, we'll see what kind of response I get.

Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 11:42am
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I might not have received a response because I'm Canadian, and that is the U.S. site.
So, I e-mailed the Canadian Nabisco and asked if they offer tours because I have a tour of people interested in the sanitization process they use to clean their machines. Think I'll get a response?
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Posted on: Tue, 04/09/2002 - 12:30am
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The other day in the grocery store, I noticed Peanut Butter Chips Ahoy cookies. There was also a promotion for Kraft PB on the front. I think that as pb sales drop the industry will be trying to stick pb in other foods, (such as sweets and baked goods) to keep demand up. Unfortunately it means added danger to our children at school in particular.

Posted on: Tue, 04/09/2002 - 12:43am
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Yes, I too got the canned response on my answering machine.

Posted on: Tue, 04/09/2002 - 9:18am
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I got the same thing. This is so frustrating. My husband called them and was told that they would label, etc.,etc. He told them it still means we won't be able to buy oreo's again if they put a warning label on it. I'm just really ticked about this whole thing right now. BTW, my husband said that the CSR reported three other calls about the same thing that day. Apparently no one's listening.

Posted on: Fri, 04/12/2002 - 8:40am
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I just sent an email too! I also put this link on another non-related board to plead with them to help and send an email. Power in numbers, right?
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Posted on: Wed, 04/24/2002 - 2:17pm
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I got a reply about the peanut butter oreos. I was told that none of their products are run on dedicated lines. If I can find the e-mail I'll post it.

Posted on: Fri, 04/26/2002 - 2:56pm
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My heart is cold and numb. They were there, at the store today -- peanut butter oreos covered in chocolate. I checked a couple other packages of plain and chocolate, but none of them indicated that they were run in a plant with or on a line with peanuts. I had to restrain myself from destroying the store display (reminding myself that the store didn't decide to make pb oreos).
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 6:41am
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I've just emailed them! I sure hope they keep Oreos safe!!
Lea

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 6:57am
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I sent my email. I urge all of you that have kids like mine who love Oreos to do the same.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 7:03am
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Sent my e-mail. Here's what I wrote:
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I am concerned, on behalf of my many American friends with peanut allergy, about this new PB and Chocolate Cream Oreo. Please keep Oreos safe for peanut allergic children! Do not run the new PB Oreos on the same line with regular Oreos. Our peanut allergic children have very limited snack options to begin with, but many schools, day cares, etc, know that regular Oreos are safe for peanut allergic children. Will they check the labelling in the future if a change is required due to cross-contamination with the PB cookies? I don't think all will - and it may endanger the life of a peanut allergic child. Please don't run the cookies on the same line. It could be a matter of life and death. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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I hope we at PeanutAllergy.Com can make a difference!
Carolyn

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 7:27am
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I think we should point out to them that consumers who deal with food allergies are very brand loyal, we don't price compare or clip coupons the way other consumers do. They will loose a huge client base if they manufacture the pb oreos with the other oreos.
I hope they listen.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 7:39am
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Done.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 8:04am
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Done! This really makes me sick. How do I explain to my 3 year old that something that was "safe" is no longer safe? I guess my folks will have to drive to Canada to get our oreo stash when they travel to Maine this spring. What a bummer!

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 8:06am
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Done!

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 8:47am
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Did it. Rebecca, age 7, thinks it's stupid. Enough said.
Arlene

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 9:38am
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This makes me so sad. I hope everyone -meils them.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 9:47am
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Thanks for starting this thread. As I posted previously under the Manufacturers section I emailed everyone in my address book and asked them to email Nabisco regarding the PB Oreos. I've already gotten 4 responses from people that have already fired off an email. If we all do this I think Nabisco will take notice.
Also, I don't recall who mentioned about the brand loyalty but you are absolutely correct. Before the PA I always bought whatever cookies were on sale. Now I just buy the safe ones, regardless of the price.
Karen

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 10:29am
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Just sent it!

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 10:52am
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Ditto.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 11:49am
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Sent!

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 11:57am
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Oh this makes me angry!!
I just sent off my email, and I will be calling as well. I'll also be putting my son on the phone (he's 3 1/2) to ask the rep why they are making his favorite cookies unsafe for him.
Lori

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 12:13pm
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Just fired off my email.
Valerie

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 12:17pm
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They have my two cents. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 12:59pm
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Done
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 9:52pm
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Just finished. I'll clue in family members to send their thoughts as well. Grandma's count on this product!

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 10:30pm
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I just want to remind everyone that regular mail usually has more impact than email, so even if you've emailed Nabisco, sending a letter also (even if it's pretty much the same message as in your email)would be great.
Debbie

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 10:30pm
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Send my email too. Great idea to include Granparents. My Dad was upset when I told him his special cookie time with our son could be coming to an end...they love to split their OREO's together.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2002 - 10:41pm
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Done. Several friends and family are also writing. Here is what my father wrote -- I thought it expressed it nicely:
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I was distressed to hear that your company intends to manufacture Oreo cookies containing peanutbutter. Please do not manufacture them on the same factory lines as those used for the regular product.
Manufacturing the new product on the same lines as the regular product would have two consequences, one inconvenient, the other extremely dangerous for those with a potentially fatal allergy to peanut. For those who know of the change, a previously reliable, easily found snack will have to be avoided. For those unaware of the change--this group of course includes children who cannot yet protect themselves--there is a substantial
risk that they will consume small amounts of
contamination and suffer anaphylactic reactions from which they may die.
A company as large and well established as NABISCO can surely diversify its product line without endangering lives.

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 12:12am
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I have sent the Email and will tell all of my friends to do the same! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
Tricia

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 2:09am
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This must be "peanut allergy activism day" for me.... four phone calls, two letters, and two e-mails... all before 9:30 am local time!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Here's what I sent:
Please carefully consider the production of the new product "peanut butter Oreos" to help keep some of your most vulnerable and LOYAL consumers safe- peanut allergic children. They cannot eat most cookies and snack foods because these foods are made in shared facilities or even on lines which contact peanut products. Therefore, whole families, classrooms, and schools rely upon Oreos to be safe for these children to eat. If peanut butter Oreos are produced on the same production lines as regular Oreos, my family will also have to find an alternative to our favorite cookies. Surely it is possible for a diversified company like Nabisco to arrange to maintain the safety of regular Oreos manufacturing.
I urge you to consider this before regular production begins. If you simply cannot arrange to keep Oreos safe, please do the severely allergic children who love them the favor of clearly indicating that the production lines are shared. Otherwise, a favorite food which used to be safe may be the cause of a dreadful accident. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 2:30am
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Sent my email.
Also called Nabisco (Kraft) Canada yesterday.

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 2:46am
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This response is great!
OK, think back to last year re:Nestle Canada. The media got involved and the story of the "big bad candy company taking candy from our PA children" made the 6:00 news, and it made the national papers. We are dealing with the same issue here - taking a safe cookie and making it unsafe and thus out of our children's little hands - when their snack choice is limited to begin with.
The media has to get involved in this - it will make a huge difference. Plus, think of the publicity for us. If anyone in the U.S. is willing to contact the media about this issue, please call (edited)or email to set up a more convenient time at Chris PeanutAllergy.Com ). Or, just contact the media directly on your own behalf - whatever you are comfortable with. I feel with Chris's backing, we have a better chance at making this national news.
I feel the Canadian Nestle issue blew the lid off our Canadian plight with food companies, labelling and safety issues - will this Nabisco/Oreo issue do the same for Americans?
Carolyn

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 2:58am
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Cayley's Mom, I just sent my e-mail as well.
I'm angry because I just can't believe that someone feels we need a pb Oreo cookie [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
I truly believe that we, as Canadians, must help our American friends as much as possible with this one because I really believe it was THEIR input last year that got Nestle to change their minds. Yes, Canadians did work hard to get them to change their position as well as different allergy associations in Canada. But to receive e-mails from people in America, who can't even buy Smarties or other Nestle "safe" products, really must have made them sit up and think. And, also recognize us as the strong community that we can be.
Of course, I'll post the response I get from them, if any.
As everyone knows, I've always hated pb, and I just can't imagine a pb Oreo. Yuck.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 3:02am
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Cayley's Mom, also, excellent that you got a lot of new members to take part in this. I think the Take Action part of the board might seem overwhelming or frightening to a newcomer, but when you look at the people who have posted above, it's mostly newcomers.
smack, did you get any response from Nabisco in Canada?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 3:11am
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Sent mine. Cayley's Mom, thanks for spearheading this!
Jackie

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 3:32am
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I've also sent in my two cents regarding their new product. Isn't it wonderful how many snacks there are out there with peanuts?...Not only am I concerned with where they will manufacture these new cookies but I'll also be concerned that my son (who is only two) may someday mistake the p.b. oreo for a safe oreo. Oh well, our list of snacks is shrinking at a rapid rate. Every time we go to the store something else has a may contain warning. I just want to SCREAM sometimes.
Okay, I feel a little better now. Really though peanut butter Oreos?

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 3:53am
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I sent my email yesterday.
I called Nabisco this morning, and was told that the new peanut Oreos would be made on dedicated lines. Has anyone else received this reponse? I couldn't help but get the feeling that the rep was really sick of answering this question all day, and just wanted to get me off the phone.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 4:51am
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If anyone has actually spoken to a Nabisco rep and wants to share the info with Chris by phone or e-mail, please contact him at 207-766-5292 or [email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email] . I have also sent Chris specific threads (such as the one in the Manufacturer Forum) where Joanne, Heather2, etc, detail their conversations with Nabisco reps.
We're getting conflicting info from them now - we need to know, bottom line, will regular Oreos stay safe? If not, the media needs to know.
Carolyn
[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited April 05, 2002).]

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 6:07am
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I called Nabisco today and was read the "form" answer. I did ask if they had considered a dedicated line and was told they are reviewing the possibility but the only way to know will be to call back in the future and ask. I also asked the shelf life of the cookies in the store and was told the
4 boxes I bought were good through mid-May. I was hoping to stockpile but I guess not if they don't have a long shelf life. My mother also called and was given the same "form" answer I was. You could tell the people are reading the information to you. The girl I spoke with did mention they have had many many calls about this issue! So keep up the good work!

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 7:15am
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Katie's mom,
You could probably freeze them if you wanted to stockpile.
If they start labelling reg.oreo's as "May Contain" in the States and not in Canada....
I wouldn't feel right about giving them any of my money for their cookies.
This just hits a sore spot being Oreo's are a big part of a Peanut/tree-nut allergic child and every kid likes them, and it's one of the safe snacks that all of the parents can buy to bring to our peanut/tree-nut free school.

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 8:04am
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I added my comments too at the Nabisco web site. I will also write a longer more detailed letter. I also believe sending real letters in the mail will make a big imapct, as it did with Nestle Canada.
I read in the news that you will be producing peanut butter OREOS soon. Will the regular OREOS still be safe to eat? I have a peanut allergy, and want to check if the regular OREOS will continue to be made in a peanut-free environment.
If regular OREOS will have a risk of cross-contamination of peanuts, this will prevent peanut allergic individuals from purchasing them, and they will be banned from peanut free schools & classrooms.
My question is will the production of peanut OREOS be on a dedicated line so that regular OREOS will be safe, or will regular OREOS now be off-limits for peanut allergic individuals.
I urge you to continue to make regular OREOS in a peanut free environment as those with nut allergies are limited in the selection of foods available to them. As well, if regular OREOS are no longer safe, your sales will drop as the thousands of North Americans with nut allergies will no longer be able to buy this product, or have it in their homes, or take it to their classrooms.
Thank you.

Posted on: Fri, 04/05/2002 - 11:33am
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I too sent my letter to Nabisco. Hopefully they will listen to the plight of our letters and keep dedicated lines. My son won't touch a home made cookie so we're doomed if they don't stay dedicated.
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Hi
I haven't been on in a long time. ( and I had to reregister, cause I forgot everything )Just stopped by to check in and saw this awful news! Sent an email to Nabisco. Keeping our fingers crossed here. I don't want to have to tell my son that these cookies are not safe now!

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