Pie/pastry fillings

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I'm looking for a safe fruit pie filling. I was using a Kosher brand called SOLO or Bohemian Kitchens, until I noticed an almond variety. I called today, and sure enough they are made on the same lines. I asked if a PA person (not TNA, but we avoid) would be safe using the product, and the QA person said, "as a grandmother and mother of children with allergies, I would say to NOT use our products." They also make PEANUT BUTTER in the same plant, but not in the same room. She was aware of FAAN and of the current bill, but they do not label for cross-contamination. Another day, another disappointment....

Any suggestions for a safe brand - Kosher or not? Bakers, can jams be used in the same way, for something like rasberry squares or (for you Jewish folks) Hamantashen type pastries? Thanks!

On Nov 22, 2002

Yonit,

Contact Knouse Foods (Lucky Leaf and Musselman pie fillings, among other things). I received a good "thumbs up" from them re cross contamination of peanut. They even require their suppliers to provide certification that their products are allergen-free. Below are my emails from July on this subject.

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Yes, the same applies to our pie fillings under both our Lucky Leaf and Musselman's label. In fact we require all ingredient suppliers to provide us with a letter of certification regarding peanut/nut products and by-products. Karan Hoffman Consumer Response Coordinator -----Original Message----- From: xxxxx Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:54 AM To: Hoffman, Karan Subject: Re: Knouse Foods Contact Request

Thank you for your response. Could you please tell me if the same applies to the pie fillings manufactured under the Lucky Leaf and Musselman brand names? Sincerely, XXXX

----- Original Message ----- From: Hoffman, Karan To: XXXX Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:11 AM Subject: RE: Knouse Foods Contact Request

Thank you for contacting us regarding your question with our apple butter. Our apple butter does not contain any peanut or peanut/nut products. The line used to pack our apple butter is not used for any products containing peanut/nut products.

We hope that this assists you. Please let us know if we can help further.

Karan Hoffman Consumer Response Coordinator

-----Original Message----- From: XXXXXX Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 4:15 PM To: [email]customerservice@knouse.com[/email] Subject: Knouse Foods Contact Request

The following information was submitted from the Knouse Foods Website. Date : 07/17/2002 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CONTACT INFORMATION First Name = X Last Name = XXX Business Name = Address = XXX Alt Address = City = XXX State = XX Postal Code = XXXX Phone = Email = XXX Brand = Musselmans Product = Musselmans Apple Butter COMMENTS My son has a severe peanut allergy and has frequently consumed various Musselmans Applesauces with no problems. Recently I noticed Musselmans Apple Butter at our local grocery store and wanted to know if this would be a suitable product for someone with a severe peanut allergy to consume. Is this product manufactured on a peanut-free production line? In addition, could you tell me if the facility is peanut free? Also, I have never used any of the pie fillings under any of the brand labels and wondered if they would be safe for my son to consume as well.

I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

XX TYPE OF RESPONSE email

On Nov 22, 2002

Ryan's mom -

Thanks for the lead. I'll try yo find them on the web. Do you have contact info? I don't recall ever seeing their products in Chicago area stores, but I wasn't looking for them specifically.

On Nov 23, 2002

My jar of Musselman's applesauce lists as follows:

Musselman's Division of Knouse Foods, Inc. Biglerville, PA 17307-0807

[url="http://www.knouse.com"]www.knouse.com[/url]

On Nov 24, 2002

I think I read here that the 'thank you' brand (along with the other brands that the same company makes-comstock is one) is safe. We have always used it even before we knew our dd was allergic and never had trouble. I've never called them though.

Gale

On Nov 24, 2002

Here is some info for you; they used this at my son's school for making Hamantashen and when I spoke with the company I found this product to be safe:

Agrilink Foods

On Nov 24, 2002

Hi Yonit,

We use jam for Hamantaschen all the time. Stick to thick, fruity ones as opposed to jellies. For pie filling though, I tend to make my own. Most of the canned pie fillings are full of artificial colors and other stuff I try to avoid. A bit labor intesive, but what the heck.

Amy

On Nov 24, 2002

I have used Wilderness Cherry pie filing for years with no problems. Never thought about checking with them though.

On Nov 24, 2002

In Canada, I would suggest E.D. Smith (Winona, Ontario manufacturer) pie fillings. My Mom used them many times. They also made a wonderful assortment of jams and jellies.

Here is the allergy info from their website ([url]http://www.edsmith.com[/url]):

E.D. Smith & Sons, Limited, a 100% Canadian food company since 1882, has been honoured with an important public award sponsored by the Anaphylaxis Foundation of Canada. The award is formal recognition of E.D. Smith's leadership and commitment to anaphylaxis prevention.

Over 600,000 Canadians are at risk of Anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

This terrifying and often deadly reaction is often brought on by accidental contact with specific foods such as peanuts. The reaction can trigger swelling, abdominal cramps, difficult breathing, coma and death. E.D. Smith has worked diligently to manufacture food products that are free of the major food allergens:

peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish and fish.

The award, presented on January 29, 2000 in Toronto, was accepted by Dorothy Pethick, Vice President of Technical Standards, who noted "Over the past few years we have developed an allergen policy which combines the avoidance of key ingredients which can cause extreme allergic reactions with a comprehensive quality program that monitors suppliers' ingredient and allergen disclosures. In addition, we provide an informative manner in which we respond to consumer inquiries." E.D. Smith produces jams (including brands such as Triple Fruits, No Sugar Added, Signature, Habitant), pie fillings, fruit toppings, syrups, ketchup and sauces. Consumers may obtain allergen and nutritional information on E.D. Smith products by calling E.D. Smith & Sons, Limited at 1-800-263-9246 ext. 227, email by visiting [url="http://www.edsmith.com"]www.edsmith.com[/url] or the Anaphylaxis Foundation of Canada at [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.org"]www.anaphylaxis.org[/url]

On Feb 3, 2003

With all this talk about waffles, I thought I would re-raise this thread as a reminder that ED Smith jams, jellies and fruit toppings are made in a peanut-free facility.

Another option for your 100% nut free Dempsters waffles if you have broken your maple syrup bottle on the floor and need something to add to your waffles besides Merlot [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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