Pillsbury questions

Posted on: Sat, 08/11/2007 - 2:21pm
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

When dd was first diagnosed, I did a search of the boards and found that people were very upset with Pillsbury (old posts). I guess they had some bad practices in the past. I didn't follow up on figuring out their allergen policy because I found that people liked Betty Crocker. I called Betty Crocker, liked the response, and we stuck with Betty Crocker products.

Now dd is in school full time and others ask about safe products, so we have to expand things--broaden our horizons if you will--so dd will have other choices. (No one is forcing us to--we are ready for this)

So, please explain to me current thinking on Pillsbury. Why the problem in the past? They are owned by General Mills now, so are there any problems?

What about the refrigerated cookies and breads?

I will contact the company myself, but I'd like to know how others think and what their experiences have been.


Posted on: Sat, 08/11/2007 - 3:54pm
Lindajo's picture
Joined: 10/14/2003 - 09:00

I use Pillsbury products. i've used their cake and brownie mixes and their frostings, frozen waffles, refrigerated bisquits and the big tub of choc. chip and sugar cookies (found at BJ's) with no problems. I do check on the back to make sure they are from General Mills.

Posted on: Sun, 08/12/2007 - 7:35am
lilysmom's picture
Joined: 07/20/2007 - 09:00

The only Pillsbury products I found that list crosscontamination are the choc. chips you have to cut yourself. I've used the baking mix, the holiday cookies you just place on a cookie sheet and bake without a problem. I've called in the past and have been told that they will label for cross contamination. Just read carefully. Again I have had no problems.

Posted on: Sun, 08/12/2007 - 12:24pm
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

If I remember correctly, Pillsbury is owned by Kraft. Our family stays away from Kraft products because they do not label if items containing peanut are run on the same lines with other foods. They feel that their allergen washes reduce all risk for cross-cont. Unfortunately, we learned this after ds had a reaction to a Jett Puff Marshmallow.

Posted on: Sun, 08/12/2007 - 2:18pm
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by mistey:
[b]If I remember correctly, Pillsbury is owned by Kraft. Our family stays away from Kraft products because they do not label if items containing peanut are run on the same lines with other foods. They feel that their allergen washes reduce all risk for cross-cont. Unfortunately, we learned this after ds had a reaction to a Jett Puff Marshmallow. [/b]
Pillsbury is owned by General Mills (not Kraft).

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:37am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

I do use the Pillsbury refrigerated items that are labeled safe for my kids... I don't use the dry mixes, I think because they contain milk. I do use the frosting.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 8:04am
infraread's picture
Joined: 06/11/2007 - 09:00

I'll use their sugar cookies that come in a tube, and their cinnamon rolls, and sometimes the biscuits.
We do NOT use the holiday cookies that you just place on a cookie sheet, because the one and only time I bought those to bake for DH and his buddies who were deployed, DS ate ~one bite~ and broke out in a full body rash within 3 minutes. At the time, they were not labled for cross contamination or anything, later they were labled as may contains, and the last time I checked they actually listed peanut flour as an ingredient. So with Pillsbury, I only trust the things we've always used that have produced no reactions. But that's me.

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:04pm
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

Don't Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies contain peanut flour? I think they did last summer, at least. I want to say it was a General Mills CR person who warned me.
Did they nix it from their ingredients? Or am I thinking of something different?

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:27pm
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

Sounds like a lot of people are still unsure about some of the stuff at least. I haven't checked the labels. Thought I'd check here first.
Thanks for all of the replies. I appreciate the help.

Posted on: Sat, 12/15/2007 - 1:23am
joyojoy's picture
Joined: 12/15/2007 - 08:00

I'm new and was browsing past posts, and thought I would throw my two-cents worth here, since I just addressed it on an Atlanta Food Allergy forum:
One of the few packaged desserts we have always enjoyed is Pillsbury's "Create-&-Bake" cookie dough (the kind in the plastic bag/tube that you find in the dairy case next to the biscuits and crescent rolls) -- both the chocolate chip and the sugar cookies are actually totally peanut-free (they do contain a minor amount of milk, but it's not enough to bother my daughter).
So when Pillsbury came out with the "Ready-to-Bake" cookie doughs (the pre-formed little wads of dough on little trays), I thought that would be a lot more convenient and bought a pack. As I was putting them onto my cookie pan, I noticed they had milk chocolate chips as well as semi-sweet, so I carefully dug all of the milk chocolate chips out, and popped them in the oven.
When the cookies were ready, my daughter took one bite and her mouth set off that all-too-familiar allergy alarm: it burned like she had a mouth full of acid. So she quickly spit the cookie out and I grabbed the package and looked at the ingredients (feeling extremely stupid that I hadn't done it until then), and found that these cookies actually contain peanut flour! Thankfully, all it took was a quick, hefty dose of Benadryl to make it right. But I learned my lesson -- again -- to always check the labels on products, no matter how familiar they may be. Since then, I've found that [b]every brand of the ready-made cookie dough on trays that I've looked at contains peanut flour. [/b]
So, for your future reference:
[b]Pillsbury "Create-&-Bake" chocolate chip and sugar cookie doughs [/b](the kind in the plastic bag/tube) [i]are totally peanut-free.[/i]
[b] [u]All[/u] Pillsbury "Ready-to-Bake" cookie doughs (the pre-formed little wads of dough on little trays) contain peanut flour.[/b]The same appears to be true of all store brands as well (such as Kroger's Select and Ingle's Laura Lynn)

Posted on: Thu, 12/20/2007 - 9:59pm
wenrace's picture
Joined: 08/20/2007 - 09:00

i bought the pre-shaped character plain sugar cookies for both halloween and recently the snowman and reindeer ones, non of those packages listed peanut flour at all... and i read every package, however the last ones i bought the christmasy ones dd had hives all over her neck within a day I thought it was something from someone else (we had a party) but she had them a couples of weeks later and same thing. i thought they were safe from nuts and thought maybe it was the oil (partially hydrogenated soy). now after reading the posts here, means there packaging isn't correct at all... we got lucky it was just hives. thanks everyone for all you post! now pillsbury is off the list.

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