Pillsbury Slice and Bake Valentine Cookies?

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 5:22am
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pI apologize if this question has already been answered. I tried a search on "Snoopy" and nothing came up./p
pToday, unbeknownst to me, my son's play group gave the children Pillsbury slice and bake cookies with the picture of snoopy on them. Obviously, I have no idea whose kitchen these things came out of so I don't know what kind of cross-contamination there might be. I tried the Pillsbury website but I couldn't find an ingredient label. I'll be going out shopping tomorrow but I'd like a little piece of mind sooner!/p
pThanks/p

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 8:09am
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I have those in my fridge & just checked the label - there is no warning on them.
I have used the Pillsbury Chocolate Chip & Sugar cookies - alot & never had a problem.
I do know that the Nestle slice and bake cookies may contain peanuts.
Good Luck.

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 10:24am
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I believe there is a thread on Pillsbury, do a search for 'Pillsbury'. I remember calling them and they told me not to use their cookies as they are not required to list a "may contain..." If peanuts are in the ingredient then they are required to list it. I've scratched their products off my list for now. As someone said before, when General Mills completes their buyout of Pillsbury, they will instill their safe practices on the Pillsbury label.

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 11:24am
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I also called Pilsbury about the Slice and Bake cookies for the Holidays-the woman who answered would not give me a straight answer. She told me that if the product contains pn as an ingrediant they it will be on the label but, like the above post stated, they do not list the cross-contamination issue. I finally asked the woman, "If you had a two year old PA child would you feed them to her????" She was quiet for a while and then responded "NO, I would not". That was all I needed to hear! Goodbye to slice and bake cookies! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] It was a hard thing to explain to Madeline as I threw them into the trash.

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 1:54pm
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Well, L&Mjoe, since this is coming from the fanatic who was ready to stick the Dough Boy with an Epi-pen off and send him to Pillsbury, please take it with a grain of salt! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
However, from what I have read on this board alone, I would not buy the Pillsbury slice and bake cookies.
At Christmas time, I had to call Pillsbury in Canada and they advised me that, although the slice and bake cookies appeared to be labeled "properly" (i.e., no "may contain" "made in"), they were, in fact, imported from the United States and should not be considered "safe".
What ticked me off was that Pillsbury Canada was allowed to bring in a product that they considered unsafe without re-labeling it. At any rate, this is what the CSR in Canada told me. Definitely that the slice and bake cookies, and he was referring to the American ones, were unsafe.
I know when I found out about this and was ready to kill the Dough Boy and send him off, I did start a couple of threads also under Manufacturers - one about Grievances Against Pillsbury.
Again, I had never had any problem with their products myself, but after what I read time and time again on this board, I simply decided not to take the chance. The rep I dealt with here only confirmed what I needed to know.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2001 - 12:39am
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This slice and bake thing is really bugging me. Let me ask this....
Has anyone experienced a reaction to "Pillsbury Slice & Bake Cookies"??
Thanks

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2001 - 12:51am
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Dear Dennis' Mom,
While I think your heart is in the right place, you are really asking the wrong question. Just because one person has reacted and many haven't is no reason to suspect that your child WILL react. What you need to be asking is if the product is indeed tree nut/peanut free. I believe someone posted a percentage of 18.5% of all products produced on shared lines DO have traces of peanuts in them. So one out of five packages of cookies WILL have traces of peanut. It's like russian roulette. Okay, so many people have successfully eaten this product without a problem - but the product is not 100% safe. If this is a risk you are willing to take with your son - go ahead and use their products.
Another poster brought up the issue of the chocolate also, where do they get their chocolate from and is it safe (free from cross-contamination)?
For my own comfort-zone - I avoid Pillsbury products like the plague. I am one of the luckier ones on this board whose child only has one food allergy - peanut. If I can manage to keep him completely away from this allergen til age 5 there is a possibility that he will outgrow this. However, if I subject him to peanut during this time he will increase his sensitivity and probably never outgrow it. For me - I pray every day that he will outgrow this allergy and I will do everything I can to keep him from being exposed in any way.
I don't mean to be offensive - I only want you to keep your child safe. If you need to feed him chocolate chip cookies - Vermont Nut Free is a great choice or I have recently read that Nestle's semisweet chocolate chips with a product code ending in FN are safe to use.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2001 - 1:08am
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I think Betty Crocker has a ready made sugar cookie mix in a pouch - you probably just have to add an ingredient or two of your own. Not as easy as slice and bake but easier than baking from scratch. I trust General Mills. I was looking at those new cereal bars the other night, specifically the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and it lists almonds as an ingredient. Now I don't think that cereal contains almonds so I assume what GM is saying is that those cereal bars were run on the same line as the Honey Nut Cheerios cereal bars. GM is true to what they say, they will list cross contamination.

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2001 - 10:18am
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Thanks everyone. I've been away for awhile so I haven't caught up completely yet with the Pillsbury fiasco.
Well, my son didn't eat much of the cookie and he seemed to be fine afterwards. He does have little itchy bumps on his face but I am going to attribute that to the dry weather and too many baths. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
Oh yeah, and I'm not going to be buying any of those slice and bake cookies. Almost all of the packages in my supermarket have warning labels. Actually, Tollhouse always has a may contain label and Pillsbury never does. It makes me suspicious.

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 1:33pm
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Where did the 18.5% of products on shared lines are contaminated percentage come from? I was just wondering.
I used to buy the slice and bake cookies, but I am so glad I read the warnings on these discussion boards. Sure they are convenient, but homemade are much safer and better tasting, too!

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 12:15am
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I quit buying Pillsbury slice & bake after recieving one or two recalls on them from FAN. I can't remember exactly the details as it was a couple of years ago, but I believe that there was peanut butter dough in the plain sugar cookie wrap. I decided if that could happen at their plant, they probably aren't real careful about keeping the peanut butter dough separate from their other doughs.
Sue

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 2:47am
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Concerned Mom, I know the 18% pertaining to "may contain" is SOMEWHERE on this board. I'm just not clear where. Now, I know that Cayley's Mom did a recent post that showed the 18% of "may contain" and also the percentage for "made in", which I believe was 12%.
I'm sorry, I know the information is posted on the board, I'm just not clear where.
I had actually based my "comfort zone" on "may contain" products before I read this percentage, but this confirmed for me that I didn't want to take the chance at all.
I was going to suggest trying to do a search, but I don't even know what you would put in for the keywords. Maybe someone else could help.
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Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 5:24am
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Here's what I found posted by san103 on 6/1/00:
Here is more information on the "may contain study":
18.2% (4 of 22) "may contain peanut" contained traces of peanut
12.5% (2 of 16) "manufacturer on shared equipment" contained traces of peanut
12.5% (1 of 8) "manufacturer in a facility that also processes peanut" contained traces of peanut
20.8% (5 of 24) where peanut was listed at the end of the ingredients list contained traces of peanuts
Peanut present was measured at concentrations from 1 to 2500 parts per million.
The study was done by LM Niemann, JJ Hlywka andSL Hefle and presented at this year's AAAAI meeting.
Sorry if I quoted the wrong percentage in a previous post. But in my mind if there is a 1 in 5 chance or a 1 in 8 chance of peanut being in a product makes no difference. I'm not serving it to my child.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 8:27am
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Hello, all! I have called Pillsbury several times and always received the same info. regarding their special holiday cookies. They are made on their own dedicated line - they are "Kosher" they said and thus are on their own line, made separate from all the other rolls of cookie dough.
I never buy the sugar cookies or any of those, however we love the Christmas and Valentine colored ones and have never had a problem. I feel assured they are OK since they do not share equipment.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 9:41am
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I am so glad to hear the holiday cookies are safe. But did anybody besides me get a LOL from the fact that the holiday, i.e. Christmas cookies are Kosher [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I have been wondering since these holiday cookies came out why there are no Menorahs. After all, it's an untapped market? I'd buy a whole bunch of rolls.
Thanks for a long awaited PA laugh.
Arlene

Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2001 - 10:25am
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OK I'm confused. Are some pillsbury holiday cookies safe and others aren't? We have used them a lot with no reactions---my nephew and niece (also PA)have eaten them too with no reactions. Are we only talking about the ones made in the States not being safe or the ones in Canada too.
When I called GM the person I talked to said there products are safe because they clean the belts between products. ie. a product containing nuts could be manufactured then the line is cleaned and then a nut-free product is manufactured---is this safe enough. Can they really clean the lines adequately?

Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2001 - 12:05pm
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Okay, this is going to go back to another theory I have. If we all called the same manufacturer on the same day and asked the same question, say 10 of us, we would be given 10 different answers.
I was DEFINITELY told that the Pillsbury Slice and Bake cookies for Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc. were NOT SAFE. Now, I spoke with a Canadian Customer Service Representative, but he clearly explained to me that the slice and bake cookies were NOT SAFE because they were imported from the States and were not labeled properly.
So, this, to me, means that the U.S. Slice and Bake cookies are "not safe" and are not labeled properly.
It was only after this telephone conversation with Pillsbury Canada that I decided NOT to buy the cookies or allow them into Jesse's "peanut free" classroom at school.
Although I am not reading "good" things about Pillsbury, in this thread in particular, I have read mostly really terrible things about them on this board and just feel more comfortable staying away from a product that may put my son at risk.
I'm not clear how the Slice and Bake cookies are labeled in the States. However, if they don't have a "may contain" label on them, I believe they should. Then, it depends on whether you allow "may contain" and your child to eat "may contain" whether or not you choose to buy their products.
Philip's Mom, 18.2% is pretty close to 20%, so a 1 in 5 chance is really basically what it is. To me, it's a 1 in 5 chance I simply cannot take for my child's sake.
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Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 4:43am
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Hello everyone! I called Pillsbury this morning and ended up so angry at them that I'm not only throwing away the Pillsbury food I may have, but I'm ready to throw away the Pillsbury cookie jar and salt and pepper shakers we've had sitting on our counter for the past 13 years!!!!! The woman I spoke to obviously doesn't have a clue! I informed her that I would no longer be purchasing Pillsbury products, but would purchase like- products from responsible companies.
It's so difficult to find safe foods that can satisfy the whole family! Looking thru the cupboards today, let's see, how about Cheerios dunked in Betty Crocker Frosting for lunch?! Thanks for letting me vent, I feel better now. Take care, Victoria

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 1:56pm
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vic, if it makes you feel any better I was ready to become a terrorist because of this company! I was going to take my antique Dough Boy (it was mine from childhood), stab him with an expired Epi-pen (minus the meds and the sharp) and mail him to Pillsbury. Now, more rational friends from this board helped calm me down to the point where I'm going to e-mail them first to try to get a "proper" response from them. Otherwise, I did receive an okay from Canada Post to ship what might have been considered medical waste.
I think this company enangers a lot of us and I think we become even more angry because that darned Dough Boy is a symbol that has been with us for years and a symbol of family.
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Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2001 - 1:56am
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My son (almost 3) loves to help make the seasonal cookies from Pillsbury. Up until this past weekend he had never had a reaction. He had a PA reaction (hives) on Saturday after having one for lunch. We are not sure what caused the reaction, but its between the deli ham and the Pillsbury cookie. I spoke to Pillsbury consumer affairs yesterday. They politely indicated that all ingredients are declared on the package per FDA guidelines. In addition they indicated that some products are made on shared production lines. I asked them if the Valentine cookies were one of these products and they indicated that it might be. I asked why they would nt take the conservative approach, as other manufacturers do, and indicate this on the package. They said they would pass the concern along and offered to send me some coupons. They obviously do not get it. What level of confidence can I have regarding other Pillsbury products. I am hopeful that General Mills will have a positive influence once the sale is final. Hope this wasn't to redundant.

Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2001 - 6:32am
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Can someone please tell me whethar we are talking about Pillsbury made in the States or made in Canada?
My sister called Pillsbury today to be told that the company in Canada has strict allergy policies and that they do not use peanut flour.
Can someone please "UNconfuse" me!

Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2001 - 7:26am
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care, I actually find Pillsbury in Canada quite allergy aware. However, the problem is that they import U.S. made products, i.e., the seasonal Slice and Bake cookies (I just saw Easter ones in the store to-day) and the One-Step Brownies which are not labeled properly as "may contain" and don't bother to re-label them correctly even though they do have to re-label them to include bilingual labeling. What's more important? Labeling to satisfy our bilingual requirements or labeling to ensure the safety of someone's life?
At any rate, when I spoke with the CSR at Christmas time, he did indicate that all of the Canadian products were "safe" unless otherwise labeled. However, that was when he also told me that the imported U.S. ones were not "safe". The only trouble is, I don't see where you can tell that the product is imported or not. It was only when I called at Christmas re the Slice and Bake cookies that I found out they were imported from the U.S. and not made here.
So, as far as I can tell, any Pillsbury products made in Canada, like the crescent rolls are "safe" unless marked otherwise. Then, you have to determine, I guess by calling, if other products are imports or not and then decide if they're safe or not. I hope that makes sense.
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Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2001 - 1:41pm
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Thanks Cindy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2001 - 3:06am
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I live in the states and I bought Pilsbury slice and bake cookies at Christmas (regular not seasonal). After reading threads here I was ready to give them to someone else when I noticed they were made in Canada. We ate them with no problems. It's strange that they import/export instead of just leaving them in the country they were made in. Peggy

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2001 - 12:43pm
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Peggy, that is a really strange one! Why would we Canadians import "unsafe" Slice and Bake cookies from the States and ship the "safe" ones to the States?
This truly boggles my mind, but nothing surprises me from this company, actually.
If anyone would just take me up on the offer for 10 of us to call a company and all ask the same question of 10 different customer service representatives, I think I'd pick Pillsbury and see what happens! LOL!
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Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 6:32am
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Hi Cindy,
I'll call. You name the time, place, and question. (My mom, husband, brother, sister-in-law, and 3 friends offered to, also.) Let me know... Victoria

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 11:00am
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I just recently went through a round of Pillsbury inquires (before I found this thread). I phoned the Canada office, and emailed the American. After assessing the replies, I concluded that the US-made special holiday cookies are probably safe, but the company has a gutless soul with liabilititus.
From now on, safe or not, I REFUSE to buy their products and support the company.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2001 - 6:46pm
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I gave up on Pillsbury a long time ago...I can't remember the conversation but I was not left feeling good. I know make all my sugar cookies and will be making some for St. Pat's day for my son"s class. I have a real simple recipie if any one needs one. I know it takes more time, but I've now made them so many times it is easy ( and I have no more babies at home which helps). I just feel safer...we will buy Oreos and we use only Duncan Hines mixes.
Bridget

Posted on: Thu, 03/28/2002 - 12:49pm
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Simply re-raising to add to a discussion currently undergoing in the Schools part of the board.
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Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 2:22am
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Simply re-raising because I'm really ticked off with Pillsbury Canada to-day! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 11/17/2003 - 12:22pm
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patsmommy, again, before the General Mills buy-out. I'm really hoping to find Jazz It Up's post in a thread somewhere to get something more up-to-date.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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