Peanut flour in Pillsbury Ready to Bake cookies

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 4:38am
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I just returned home from dropping my 4 year old PA son at his pre-school and felt I needed to warn other parents out there about a new threat to our children. Normally I bake my own cookies but today the school was making Pilsbury Ready to Bake sugar cookies. Sounds harmless enough. They used to be free from nut products but just to be sure I checked the label. Thank goodness I did. Apparently they have added peanut flour and macadamia nut flour to their recipe. When I called Pilsbury to ask why I was told by a woman that would not let me speak to anyone higher up than herself that there must have been an overwhelming request by consumers to add the taste of nuts to sugar cookies for added flavor. Is it me or does that sound ludicrous? If you want cookies that taste like peanuts make peanut butter cookies. Don't add a life threatening ingredient to a normally "safe" product. I then went to the supermarket to check out what was going on with the other Pilsbury products and I found that half of the Pilsbury Ready to Bake cookies had the new ingredients and half of them did not. Just further proof that you have to read the label every time you purchase a product even if you have purchased it before. Apparently they can change the ingredients at any time and not let you know. Thats the end of Pillsbury for me.

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 5:55am
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Thank you very much for the heads up!!!!
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Sun, 10/10/2004 - 3:47am
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My wife and I just recently caught the fact that the Ready to Bake Sugar Cookies now have peanut flour. I am amazed we caught it - sugar cookies have always been a relatively safe product (since there seems to be no conceivable reason to add peanuts to them).
I am sending off a letter to Pillsbury (although I doubt one letter will do anything).
This strikes me as a rather dangerous situation. Sugar cookies like these are often baked by other people, so there is often no chance to check the label, they are a product often given to children, and one which (until now) there was no real reason to be suspicious of. (As a child, I would always select sugar cookies at bake sales over cookies that carried a risk of peanuts or peanut butter).

Posted on: Sun, 10/10/2004 - 8:33am
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I don't know how long this situation has existed, but it has been at least a few years....I remember we came across this 2?? years ago....
It's one of the examples we use to educate the school about potential hidden dangers...

Posted on: Tue, 10/12/2004 - 11:39pm
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I've just spoken to Pillsbury about the roll sugar cookies, ie the ones that aren't pre-formed into cookies, but just come as dough in a roll. They say that those are peanut-free and not made in the same factory (that the roll ones are made in a nut-free factory). The rep I talked to was very helpful and assured me about how careful Pillsbury is re. allergens. Anyway, just wanted to add this to the thread because when I first read it, I assumed the rolls were "contaminated" also, but after checking, apparently they are not, so I'm glad to still have that product to fall back on.
Janet

Posted on: Tue, 10/12/2004 - 11:55pm
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I do as well, but this is the reason I don't allow my DD to eat any baked goods. I don't trust people to pay attention to labels.
Quote:Originally posted by JND:
[b]I've just spoken to Pillsbury about the roll sugar cookies, ie the ones that aren't pre-formed into cookies, but just come as dough in a roll. They say that those are peanut-free and not made in the same factory (that the roll ones are made in a nut-free factory). The rep I talked to was very helpful and assured me about how careful Pillsbury is re. allergens. Anyway, just wanted to add this to the thread because when I first read it, I assumed the rolls were "contaminated" also, but after checking, apparently they are not, so I'm glad to still have that product to fall back on.
Janet[/b]

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 1:00am
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I am a little confused. The break apart kind are the ones with the peanut four, and the slice and bake log type are ok?
I am freaked out by this news, as I checked some in the store last week and nothing was listed, so I told a mom in our preschool class that she could bring them to the Halloween party. I am making some for my son to take and eat, but I don't even want them in the room with him if they have peanut flour.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 9:34pm
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Janeese
I placed this warning on this site February of this year. THat is when I discovered that the nut flours were being used. You have to check the label on ALL Pilsbury Ready to Bake cookies (the break apart ones) They are usually the ones that all you have to do is take them off the tray and bake them. They contain Peanut, macadamia and walnut flour. It states it right on the label. As far as I have seen, the Halloween cut and bakes with the ghosts and Pumpkins are safe according to the label. I still dont use any of them because there was no warning that they were changing the recipe to include nut flours and when I called the rep I spoke with said that there was a large demand for this to happen. SOmehow I doubt that. I just dont trust Pillsbury cookies but that is just my comfort level. I make my own sugar cookies now. More time consuming, yes, but to me its worth my peace of mind. Hope this helps. Be well! Julie
[This message has been edited by NutlessinNJ (edited October 14, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 5:31am
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Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 6:29am
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I think the Pillsbury break apart cookies have always been unsafe.
A.J. does fine with the roll sugar and chocolate chip as well as the the themed cookies. Just yesterday we made the pumpkin ones.
At least we have some safe options from them unlike the Nestle brand which is always unsafe. I am in the U.S.
Jaime

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2004 - 6:18pm
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Just to make it more confusing....The Ready to Bake cookies by Pillsbury DO have peanut flour in them. However, the HOLIDAY versions (Halloween they had pumpkins on them, Xmas they had snowmen on them last year, Easter they came out with Bunnies onthem), etc.. do NOT have peanut flour in them.
So the rolls are safe and though I have not called on it, the label differences between the regular REady to Bake and the Holiday Ready to Bake means the latter are safe. I do trust Pillsbury and their allergen awareness so we've used the Holiday versions without problem.

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