Peanut Oil in Aquafresh??

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In Massachusetts tonight there was a story on the news that there is peanut oil in Aquafresh toothpaste. It's not on the label because it doesn't have to be since it's not a food product.

Has anyone ever heard of this?

On Jul 26, 2006

If you run a search on Aquafresh, you'll see a few topics on it.

I believe the consensus is that they do not know how their flavor manufacturer handles cross-contamination issues. So if there *were* to be anything on the label, it would be a "may contain traces of peanut oil".

Many of us have used Aquafresh with no problems. I have been using it every day since I learned to brush my teeth, and I'm 23. Never had trouble with it. But I'm not incredibly sensitive, so if there is a trace of the oil in it, it could possibly cause a reaction in a more sensitive person. So it's really just a comfort zone issue.

On Jul 27, 2006

Okay, here's the story: Aquafresh DOES have peanut oil in their toothpaste. They stated that since they are not a food product, they did not have to put the warning on their label.

What a crock!! What happened to doing something because you know you should because of the over 3 million kids allergic??? Here's the link to the news story. You have to click on the Peanut Oil story on the right.

[url="http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/9583218/index.html"]http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/9583218/index.html[/url]

On Jul 27, 2006

OK... is this 'New' or not, kwim?

We knew it always was a 'watch out... MAY contains...' no real knowledge from the company, so you avoid

The news cast seemed to say it DOES contain now...

No word from the company itself (aquafresh/GSK).

Id like to hear what THEY say. I emailed already... I wont be the last to do so, Im sure...

Jason

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On Jul 27, 2006

tidina Member Posts: 426 Registered: Jan 2005 posted October 14, 2005 10:32 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HERES RESPONSE I GOT. IT IS NOT ON INGREDIENTS. I WROTE ALL THOSE DOWN FOR CHRIS PAPKE MONTHS AGO AND IT WAS NOT LISTED. We have received your e-mail message regarding Aquafresh

On Jul 27, 2006

My son has had a tummy ache every morning for a week. Guess what toothpaste we are using. I just called the company and Marjorie Gilbert said it may contain traces. I went on to ask how it would contain them, is it processed with other peanut oil products? When pressed she said it may be an ingredient but they are not required to label for it. This is unacceptable. This is a deadly allergen. If it was labeled 3 million people with peanut allergies would not buy it. Does my school serve peanuts anymore at lunch. NO Does my local airline hub serve peanuts on flights anymore. No Please jump, leap and atomic elbow your way onto this. I also called faan and they are working on getting a statement now. 1800 897 5623, i have a bottle handy, right out of my pa allergic sons bathroom. i have an email link i will post later. I am calling all my media contacts now and I might want to get some infor from carefulmom(vandecamps) too. excuse typos ect. i am so mad i am shaking.

On Jul 27, 2006

I have calmed down a bit. I am still working on this and someone from the local fox news said they would be interested in a tv interview. I better go clean my house and get dressed. My concern is that it is not labeled. safe or not, it should be labeled and my decision whether or not to use the product.

On Jul 27, 2006

What about Kids Aquafresh?

OOOPS! I just watched the video and see it was talking about the kids version!

[This message has been edited by Gwen 5 (edited July 27, 2006).]

On Jul 27, 2006

It should be labeled!!! [url="https://consumer.gsk-chus.com/aquafresh/contact.aspx?sitename=aquafresh&subject=Aquafresh%20Product%20Information&siteinfokey=contactform&thxred=http://www.aquafresh.com/thankyou.a"]https://consumer.gsk-chus.com/aquafresh/....com/thankyou.a[/url] spx

On Jul 27, 2006

Do we now need to call about every toothepaste?

On Jul 27, 2006

I just called crest and colgate and was told they had no peanut products in the products.

On Jul 27, 2006

I am SOOO angry, mostly because I just started letting my 15 month old use the slightest dab of aquafresh last week. I went to their website and sent this message as their phone line is down? Please join me in expressing your concern.

I live in PA but just saw a video clip of a news program in Massachusetts where they indicated that your toothpaste contains peanut oil. I am in shock. If this is true, it is completely irresponsible of you as a company to not provide this information to consumers. Whether or not you are legally obligated to disclose this is besides the point. You are a healthcare company supposedly committed to helping people lead healthier lives and yet you keep infomation many Americans would want to have a secret.

My oldest two children are peanut and tree nut allergic. It is a life threatening condition where merely the presence of aerosolized peanuts causes a reaction. We are making every effort to protect our youngest from this difficult condition by avoiding all traces of peanuts and tree nuts. This includes peanut oil, which anecdotal evidence and some research indicates IS dangerous for the more sensitive allergic patients. I just started using a dab of your toothpaste for my youngest and now learn I may have inadvertantly exposed him to peanuts. My 3 year old developed his allergy at some point in the past 2 years with no known exposure...perhaps it came from your toothpaste? sentencing him to a life of having to worry about every bite of food that enters his mouth.

I just stocked up on 20 tubes of your toothpaste (8.2oz cavity protection) and will be donating these to a shelter. We are currently using the 6.4 oz variety. Please let me know if all versions of your product are affected.

Sincerely, Luvmyboys

Edited to say...sorry should we call FAAN too or is this already in motion?

[This message has been edited by luvmyboys (edited July 27, 2006).]

On Jul 27, 2006

FAAN is already in motion. Hopefully they do not reveive large monetary donations from glaxosmithkline to cloud their judgement.

On Jul 27, 2006

Here's a link to GSKs products in case you're interested. They make lots of asthma and allergy medications including Advair. Also they make Zantac. How can a company so involved in keeping our kids healthy also show this lack of responsibility? It's deplorable.

[url="http://us.gsk.com/medicines/index.jsp"]http://us.gsk.com/medicines/index.jsp[/url]

Luvmyboys

On Jul 27, 2006

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Originally posted by Gwen 5: [b]Do we now need to call about every toothepaste?[/b]

it's crazy, isn't it? but we make it a policy in our house that anything that goes in my dd's mouth, we call on.

On Jul 27, 2006

Toms of Maine has also confirmed for me that there are no peanuts/tree nuts in their children's toothpaste.

On Jul 27, 2006

This is really interesting to me, because both my [b]non-[/b] PA son and I have had asthma attacks after using Aquafresh! Weird, eh? Neither of us have any problem with peanut at all. I can't remember if my PA son ever used it, because we stopped using it years ago.

This really is maddening. Why on earth would they need peanut oil in a toothpaste?

Amy

On Jul 27, 2006

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Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b]This is really interesting to me, because both my [b]non-[/b] PA son and I have had asthma attacks after using Aquafresh! Weird, eh? [/b]

I actually have pretty bad asthma problems after brushing my teeth no matter what I use. But it's usually right before I go to bed, not in the mornings. So I attribute it to it being night (which affects asthma somehow), and the mentholy-type fumes/vapor from the paste. I have absolutely no scientific basis for my reasoning, just that I can't figure anything else.

On Jul 28, 2006

Any word from FAAN on this? They were fairly quick with McD's recently...

Jason

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On Jul 28, 2006

This seems like the type of off the wall thing he would like. [email]Oreilly@foxnews.com[/email]

On Jul 28, 2006

Outragious!!!

I guess we need to start a list of "products" like toothpastes, lotions, make up and all that contain nuts so that everyone knows what non-injestable products are making our children/ourselves sick

------------------ Helen Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 6) Mom to Theodore (age 3)

On Jul 28, 2006

We've been preaching certain things for yrs, as to where nuts/peanuts/oils are found, starting with:

Aquafresh Raid Ant Traps Minute Maid OJ (may contains...)

And a SLEW of others (including some kid friendly lotions, with mac. nut or almond oil, or soaps like Dove, note: NOT ALL, just ONE I can think of...)

So, a story coming out saying 'Aquafresh has peanuts' shouldnt surprise ALL of us, kwim?

We've known for a while that it 'may contain...'

Jason

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On Jul 28, 2006

Well to be honest, I knew about heart healthy oj and ant traps but I had never happened on anything to do with aquafresh or we wouldn't have been using it. I just can't manage to be up on everything at all times and still live a normal life and raise 3 little ones. That's why we need companies to be more forthcoming about their products...I'll bet 90% of PA people have never even been on this website or thought to call a company. The majority (at least those I've met) just rely on labels.

Luvmyboys

On Jul 28, 2006

Totally agree. Be more upfront, and label!

Jason

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On Jul 28, 2006

This is absolutely CRAZY...toothpaste!! Thanks for posting this I would have never thought to check on toothpaste!

On Jul 28, 2006

I do not consider myself to be suprised. I would say p'd off.

On Jul 28, 2006

Thanks Jason..don't know how I missed all those threads, esp the most recent one...

And to be clear, if I had been using it for 20 years and had PA I would not be concerned. It is because I have 3 little ones under 6 yrs whom I am trying to keep away from even the slightest trace amount until they are at least a little older, the youngest of whom actually has a shot at avoiding this allergy since he was conceived after ds#1 was diagnosed. If these **** corporations wouldn't stick peanut in gosh darned everything there wouldn't be so much PA.

My allergist just told me he now tests for tomato, corn and sesame along with the 'top 8' as his top allergens because they are putting these foods in so many more things and it is causing a surge in allergies! He's right...have you ever noticed how much stuff corn is in???? For crying out loud!

Luvmyboys

On Jul 29, 2006

Not to take this off topic, but corn is in everything because corn is the #1 crop in the US. My brother has been doing a lot of research on this and has been avoiding this ingredient for months now. He and his wife lost a lot of weight. We never used to have "high fructose corn syrup" in our products until the last 15-20 years. It is cheapter than sugar, and it metablizes differently than sugar in the body and may be one reason we're gaining more weight and getting diabetes (not that sugar is good to eat either). Peanuts are in a similar category - it is a huge money-making crop. If they can figure out a way to get peanuts or corn into a product, they will. (And there are even more ways technology has improved since George Washington Carver came up with his ideas for peanuts.)

In Canada, I believe sugar is their big crop. And peanuts are not a huge crop. This is why a company can re-tool a whole factory to manufacture a peanut-free product without pi****ng off an entire lobbying bloc. I wonder if any of the big-wigs on these agricultural committes in congress have food allergies?

On Jul 29, 2006

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Originally posted by Kathy L.: [b]In Canada, I believe sugar is their big crop. And peanuts are not a huge crop.[/b]

Wheat and canola (not sugar), where I live - but no peanuts.

On Jul 29, 2006

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Originally posted by Kathy L.: [b] In Canada, I believe sugar is their big crop. And peanuts are not a huge crop. [/b]

Just FYI: wheat, canola, barley, oats, flaxseed, rye, soybean, grain corn, tame hay, canary seed, lentils, sunflower seed, mustard seed, and peas are what Canadians are growing. No sugar crops. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jul 31, 2006

One of the 50 people I asked to send emails got this response: Dear Mrs. Seekings,

Thank you for inquiring about the presence of peanuts in Aquafresh toothpaste.

Your health and safety is of utmost importance, and we would like to assure you that no Aquafresh toothpaste products contain flavors with peanut oil, peanuts, or peanut derivatives.

Here is some background information on this issue:

We were recently contacted by several consumers requesting information about the possibility of trace amounts of peanut oil in our Aquafresh toothpaste products. It was our belief that trace amounts of peanut oil could be present in certain flavor blends purchased by Aquafresh from external flavor suppliers. Consequently, we responded to those consumers that there was a possibility that trace amounts of peanut oil may be present in some Aquafresh products.

Subsequently, we have contacted our flavor suppliers to confirm this information. We are pleased to learn that all of the flavor blends currently used to manufacture Aquafresh toothpaste contain no peanuts, no peanut oil and no peanut derivatives.

Until we were able to validate our flavor blend information, we chose to err on the side of caution and told consumers that the products may contain trace amounts of peanut oil. In light of how serious some allergies can be, we felt that was the right thing to do. As an additional assurance, we are arranging to have independent tests of our toothpaste conducted.

We appreciate your taking the time to contact us, and we apologize if this has caused you any confusion or concern. If you have additional questions, you may contact us by phone toll-free at 800-897-5623 weekdays between 9am-4:30pm. IMO err on the side of caution should have been done with a warning label.

On Jul 31, 2006

IMO, they are sending mixed messages with this response -

"Until we were able to validate our flavor blend information, we chose to err on the side of caution and told consumers that the products may contain trace amounts of peanut oil.

In light of how serious some allergies can be, we felt that was the right thing to do. As an additional assurance, we are arranging to have independent tests of our toothpaste conducted."

They felt like they should say the product "may contain" because they were erring on the side of caution. Obviously they felt there is a risk for peanut oil contaminating or being mixed in the toothpaste, so now this risk isn't present any longer? If it's not, why are conducting independent tests on the toothpaste? It just doesn't seem very reassuring.

Tracy

On Jul 31, 2006

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Originally posted by bandbmom: [b] They felt like they should say the product "may contain" because they were erring on the side of caution. Obviously they felt there is a risk for peanut oil contaminating or being mixed in the toothpaste, so now this risk isn't present any longer? If it's not, why are conducting independent tests on the toothpaste? It just doesn't seem very reassuring.

Tracy[/b]

The feeling I got from reading it was that they didn't bother to ask their flavor suppliers for what ingredients were used in the flavors or if they used shared lines, how they prepped the flavor, etc. And that they didn't want to waste their time to find out, so they just said it might have peanut oil in it so they wouldn't have to check.

In the non-manufacturing world, it'd be like going to a party, and the hostess has a cake there her sister made from a Betty Crocker mix. You ask if she used peanut oil in the cake, which would be very odd, but of course you ask because even if you're not planning on eating it due to questions of prep issues, someone (like a spouse or relative) might try to kiss you after eating this cake. Since she didn't make the cake, she doesn't know. But she's got other things going on and she doesn't really care at the moment about food allergies, so instead of directing you to her sister or going and asking her sister, she just tells you it might have it in there.

Now, of course, since it made headlines they have to get off their butts and actually make an effort or they'll lose a bunch of their consumers (not only PA people but those who think their company is shady for not disclosing this info).

On Jul 31, 2006

I got the response from GlaxoSmithKline, too, that says it does not have it in it, and now they've checked with their flavor supplier to know that. So I'm sure it was just another "we don't know and it would be too much trouble to find out" answer before, and now they have a PR problem, so it's worth their time and effort. I'd believe there never was a problem with it, just a lack of information on their part and insufficient motivation to get the information.

On Jul 31, 2006

I agree with bethc...they've got themselves one heck of a PR issue...all because of...laziness I guess. Maybe some other companies will take notice of the situation and do some of their own preemptive fact finding.

On Aug 1, 2006

ditto ditto. ITA. PR nightmare.

Jason

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On Aug 1, 2006

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Originally posted by teacher: [b] Just FYI: wheat, canola, barley, oats, flaxseed, rye, soybean, grain corn, tame hay, canary seed, lentils, sunflower seed, mustard seed, and peas are what Canadians are growing. No sugar crops. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]

Wow, thanks, Teacher. I'll let my brother know. This is what he read while finding out about high-fructose corn syrup. I kind of thought that sounded strange, too. Isn't sugar mainly a southern or caribbean crop anyway?

On Aug 1, 2006

I received a phone call and this email after a few not so happy calls and emails... Dear Mrs. Powers,

Thank you for inquiring about the presence of peanuts in Aquafresh toothpaste.

Your health and safety is of utmost importance, and we would like to assure you that no Aquafresh toothpaste products contain flavors with peanut oil, peanuts, or peanut derivatives.

Here is some background information on this issue:

We were recently contacted by several consumers requesting information about the possibility of trace amounts of peanut oil in our Aquafresh toothpaste products. It was our belief that trace amounts of peanut oil could be present in certain flavor blends purchased by Aquafresh from external flavor suppliers. Consequently, we responded to those consumers that there was a possibility that trace amounts of peanut oil may be present in some Aquafresh products.

Subsequently, we have contacted our flavor suppliers to confirm this information. We are pleased to learn that all of the flavor blends currently used to manufacture Aquafresh toothpaste contain no peanuts, no peanut oil and no peanut derivatives.

Until we were able to validate our flavor blend information, we chose to err on the side of caution and told consumers that the products may contain trace amounts of peanut oil. In light of how serious some allergies can be, we felt that was the right thing to do. As an additional assurance, we are arranging to have independent tests of our toothpaste conducted.

We appreciate your taking the time to contact us, and we apologize if this has caused you any confusion or concern. If you have additional questions, you may contact us by phone toll-free at 800-897-5623 weekdays between 9am-4:30pm.

Sincerely,

Debbie GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

Case # 2411189

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