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Hi. I am new to these message boards, but not new to PA. My daughter was diagnosed two years ago at age three. She is allergic to some tree nuts as well.

I have been reading these boards for a few weeks now, and they are very helpful, so thank you! I wish I had known about them sooner!

Now for my question. Has anyone heard about cakes from BJ's bakery being peanut-free? I live in MA and they had a BJ's cake at my daughter's school recently. I didn't give her any of it (I never give her bakery items), but the woman serving it said, "It's nut-free. It's from BJ's." She said it as if I should have known. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had heard this as well. I am planning on calling BJ's to ask, but I can't imagine being comfortable with any bakery.


On Jun 10, 2004

We have spoken with most of the local bakeries and super store bakeries in our area of Massachusetts. Have not found one yet that can guarantee there would be no cross contamination.

I would suggest simply call the bakery at BJ's and see what they say. If they say it is peanut free we have questioned further with potential cross contamination issues and been told they can't guarantee that level of peanut free in their bakery.

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On Jun 10, 2004

I'm not familiar with BJ's store but I had a mom of a peanut allergy boy tell me at Church this past weekend that the cake they were having was completely safe. It was made at Sam's Club (division of Walmart).

I asked to see the label--to which there was none.

If it were me, I would go there in person to ask as well as check their labels. Because you just never know.

btw, I never gave my son any cake. To me, it's just not worth it to take any chances unless I'm completely comfortable with their labelling.

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On Jun 15, 2004


It's always convenient and easy to say, "This is nut free..." when a person is not familiar with PA. I find people say that out of sheer ignorance.

Kind of like saying a Milky Way bar is peanut free. Well, yes it's supposed to be based on the description of the product, but the label says "May contain" because of manufacturing practices. We know to read labels, the general public does not.

I would never feed my son any bakery products. Too big a chance of cross-contamination.

A weird "you should know" look from this lady deserves another weird "you simply don't get it" look back from you.

I have never heard of any BJ's bakeries as being "safe" for the PA population.

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On Jun 16, 2004


This goes back several years and it is possible that things have changed, but awhile ago FAAN issued a warning about [b]all[/b] warehouse club baked goods because they had high incidences of cross contamination.

Again, there may be higher awareness now, but I wouldn't chance it myself.