Peanut Butter Stations and open bin nuts a Northern California Groceries

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 7:15am
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Our Raleys and Bel Air have peanut butter machines and they are right next to the bulk bins! Right across from that they display Cherrybrook Farms peanut/nut free!
They recently put in a big open bin of in the shell peanuts in produce! I have written the headquarters with no reply!
Two times! Some times don't you feel like you are dodging landmines everytime you go out? I guess all we can do is keep educating!

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 10:18am
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At one of the stores where I shop the gluten free stuff is next to the nuts....that bugs me
Whole Foods has some "bad isles" too.
Thanks for the tip....though I'll be in Raley land later in the year visiting relatives.

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 11:41am
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Where are you located?
I'm in the San Mateo area and have never seen this anywhere!

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 1:43pm
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I think someone posted before that there is one now in a Safeway in Livermore... a nut butter station that is. And there is another one in a Safeway in North San Jose.
I'd guess, that if you have a big Safeway going in near you, or one getting revamped, it'll probably get one of those horrid stations.

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 4:53pm
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The media would love this story...grocery stores putting allergic people in danger.
Anyone up for writing letters to the Mercury News and the Chronicle, not to mention some local TV news stations?
Sheesh, how about organizing a protest? A bunch of people protesting with signs in front of some of these stores (and call the TV stations to get it on the air). Maybe they'd think twice and close the stupid nut butter stations before they get sued by an allergic person. No business likes the threat of legal actions.
I'm just a troublemaker at heart, I guess ;-) The whole idea of a nut butter station in a grocery store just makes me sick.
Are these horrid things opening up in any other parts of the country? As I said before, I've never seen one of these in any store anywhere ever before!

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 4:55pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Nutty Professor:
[b]Our Raleys and Bel Air have peanut butter machines and they are right next to the bulk bins! Right across from that they display Cherrybrook Farms peanut/nut free!
They recently put in a big open bin of in the shell peanuts in produce! I have written the headquarters with no reply!
Two times! Some times don't you feel like you are dodging landmines everytime you go out? I guess all we can do is keep educating! [/b]
Have you talked to the store managers in person? I think you should talk to them face to face and see what they say.

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 11:29pm
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I live in the East Bay and they have the open bins and the peanut butter machine as well. It definitely bothers me, but I haven't said anything yet because it is in a pretty much dedicated aisle that I never go down for anything else.
I know what you mean about dodging bullets. We wanted to make Smores last night so I went to Safeway to find some Marshmallows. Wouldn't you know it...they were on the shelf underneath ALL the packaged nuts. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 2:50am
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Two years ago I spent some time getting my local Pavilions/Vons to get rid of the open bin of peanuts. They did. I thanked them in public in the newspaper.
Now they have totally remodeled and installed a nut butter bar. I am boycotting Pavilions. I will buy NOTHING from them.
Peggy

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 2:51am
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BTW I live in Los Angeles.
Peg

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 10:04am
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This Raleys is in Loomis, California. In the foothills close to Auburn. I have not talked to a manager in person but, will be. I have shopped this store since it was built 10 years ago and its now going through a remodel. It is just crazy. They want an open air market feel. It's all cute and Euoro but, not only am I deathly allergic but, I also come from a medical background and food belongs packaged not out in the open so that it can be touched like a door knob! GROSS!!!!!!!!!!! One blessing or upside to allergies I definatley do not get sick very often! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I agree about getting media involved if we do it in an air of educating and with true fervor of safety. And if that doesn't work then of cours being less than humble is an option. HEE! HEE! What I cannot believe is that in the past three years the food, cosmetic, and health industry has gone crazy for nuts! In our life it is like an Anthrax scare on a daily basis. This is only something I have had to deal with for three years so, I still get so rattled--
I just hope it gets better sooner or later in my attitude. Everyone have a great weekend!

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 2:45pm
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Something like 95 percent of the grocery stores I go to have open nut bins somewhere in the store. The other 5 percent are Mexican markets (I'll admit it, I'm lured in by the cheap citrus and cilantro prices and the tortillas).
The only chain grocery stores that I've seen peanut butter stations in are Whole Foods and Nob Hill Foods (owned by the same company as Raley's and Bel Air).
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (10 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (8 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

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