Off to Florida Villa - Pls help me with US labelling

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 4:32am
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Hi,

We are going to Florida next month. We are staying in a Villa so that I don't have to worry eating out for the holiday. It looks like there is a Publix close by. If this is a grocery store, does any one have suggestions on what peanut free foods I can buy there.

Here in Canada, I read all boxes and it clearly states if the item may contain peanuts or nuts except on spices or is labelled PEANUT FREE.

Is this the same for the United States?

Thanks for the help.

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 5:21am
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Unfortuneately we don't have food that is as well labelled in the US. Some companies have a label for allergens under the ingredients that says ALLERGEN WARNING: then it will list cross contamination info or list what major allergens it contains. Those are the foods that I lean toward. With others you need to read the ingredient list and be familiar with that companies practices.
Others will be able to help more, I'm still new at this and I don't want to give wrong info.

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 5:26am
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Publix typically carries (Canadian) Dare products, at least you'll have that, FWIW!
~Eliz

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 8:03am
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When I was going to Florida (Orlando) I emailed the Publix close to where we were staying, asking if they carried certain products.
The manager called me back and went through my list in detail. He also offered to order stuff in from other larger Publix stores if I wanted.
The store turned out to have a large "natural" section with lots of variety available for my DD (dairy and peanut allergic).
So it might be worth contacting the Publix where you are staying.

Posted on: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 9:20am
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I live in California. I have only rarely seen the words "peanut free" on any products sold in the US in the various locations I've visited. Unfortunately the US isn't as proactive about this as Canada.
You should look for "may contain peanuts or tree nuts" or "manufactured in a plant that processes peanuts or tree nuts" or "made on equipment shared with peanuts or tree nuts" on the bottom of the label.
Also read the ingredients carefully. I have seen packages of peanut butter cookies, for example, that don't have the warning at the bottom, which I find rather weird...I think if it contains peanuts, it should have the warning, even if it's obviously a peanut product.
You need to read the labels on EVERYTHING, even things you think may not have peanuts. Don't take anything for granted.
[This message has been edited by SFMom (edited September 07, 2007).]

Posted on: Sun, 09/09/2007 - 8:39am
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What part of Florida?
Our Publix here carries Dare cookie and crackers, Phillyswirl popsicles,Lenders bagels, Horizon Organic dairy products, Sargento cheese products, Tropicana Pure Premium Juice, Frito Lay products (chips etc) and Fruit Boo organic fruit sticks, Carapppelli olive oil, Sue Bee honey, Regina vinegar, McCormick spices, Mahatma rice, Delmonte organic sauce, paste etc for psata sauce, Delmonte organic fruit bowls and apple sauce, Motts apple juice, Lakewood Organic juices, Applegate natural sausage, Maverick Farm chicken and meats (some Organic. Publix also carries Boars Head bacon and deli meats although you will need to buy the whole thing so that they do not cut it and contaminate it. Most also have an organic section with some safe pastas. There a handful of Whole Foods in Florida too.

Posted on: Sun, 09/09/2007 - 8:52am
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Danielle,
We are staying in Kissimmee. Thanks so much for your extensive list. That's a big help!

Posted on: Fri, 09/28/2007 - 8:13am
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What villa's did you stay in? Was it clean?

Posted on: Fri, 09/28/2007 - 8:45am
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We didn't go I will let you know

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