Question about m/ms

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 11:41pm
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

It seems everyone has differing reasons of why they don't let their pa kids eat m/ms. I called m/ms. I was told the reason for the warning is in case a peanut should find it's way into one of their non peanut m/ms bags. I specifically asked if peanuts were used in the m/ms or if all the candies were made on the same machines and I was told NO.

I have let both girls eat m/ms for years and they have never once had any reaction! Since both girls are class 5, I would assume if peanuts were used (as in the shell as someone mentioned) then they would have reacted.

Does anyone else have clarification on this??

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 11:50pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

My allergist told me that in the past the shells contained peanuts.
My son always ate M&M's but I stopped that practice when he ate them in the movies. In the dark, reaching into a bag of candy you cannot see what you are eating and if a peanut one accidentally gets into the bag....
That prompted us to stop eating in the movies anyway, such a good move on our part.
DS avoids M&M's. He is old enough to make his own choices and he avoids anything with a may contain on the label.

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 11:54pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

That's very interesting information. Their answer is pretty much within my comfort zone, but I haven't allowed Leah to eat M&M's. The reason I haven't is because so many adults here have reported that they used to eat them and would get a tingly mouth, and other things like that. I wonder if they've changed their manufacturing processes since then? Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 7:19am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]That's very interesting information. Their answer is pretty much within my comfort zone, but I haven't allowed Leah to eat M&M's. [/b]
Hi Miriam,
I don't eat them either.
I recall reading one time that the regular M&Ms are made on different equipment from the peanut M&Ms, so in theory, they are probably safe.
But I also read that the peanut warning is on them, because the regular M&Ms and the peanut M&Ms are both manufactured and boxed in the same facility, and peanut dust from the peanut M&M processing may find its way to the regular M&Ms as they are boxed.
So even though I think they are probably safe, I do not eat them as I remember M&M/Mars stating that there is a small risk due to the fact the regular and peanut M&Ms are both manufactured in the same facility.
I don't think it is worth the risk. I think a better idea is to order Nestle Smarties form [url=""][/url] or find an alternative such as Hersheys Sixlets or Hersheyettes.
[This message has been edited by erik (edited March 10, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 11:40am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Erik, I think you make a lot of sense. I actually don't allow Leah to eat anything with a "may contain" warning. I think it would cause way too much confusion at her age. In the future I will pass more of that decision on to her. [img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 12:36pm
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Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

There are also peanut butter M and M's. They are smaller like the regular ones, but with a Reese's like PB filling. Those are more what I would worry about accidentally getting in a bag etc...
And yes, erik, I agree! Order the Smarties from the panhandle web site. DD loved being able to have Kit Kats again too. The Areos were great also.

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 1:20pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Miriam,
Yes... it is good to keep away from [i]may contains[/i] until your child is older and then you can re-evaluate the situation.
In general, I do not eat [i]may contains[/i]. But occasionally, I will eat [i]may contains[/i] when I have researched the manufacturer and have determined that the risk is not significant (ie: Breyers vanilla ice cream). I eat cakes baked at my local Dominion (A&P) grocery store even though it says they can't guarantee they are peanut-free, but since they don't use peanuts in the bakery it is within my comfort zone (they just told me they can't guarantee every supplier they use is peanut free). And I have been eating them since I was a kid over 30 years ago, so why change now.
Although there are more and more peanut free manufacturers every day (ie: Bransons baked goods, Touche Bakery, etc) so these days, I rarely eat [i]may contains [/i].
And Chicago, I agree - the Panhandle Premium option is great! An easy way to get delicious nut-free chocolate. Vermont-nut free is a good option too.
I would never eat M&Ms though.

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2003 - 12:52am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

My PA son refuses to eat anything that says 'may contain' on it, too. My PA daughter will eat anything, but she's only 2 and doesn't know better and her big brother will scold anyone who tries to give her anything that might have peanuts.
Neither of my kids have had M&M's that I know of since their dx's. M&M's cause MY mouth to tingle and sometimes makes my tongue swell (someone mentioned that in this thread), so I don't like them. I think it might be the food dyes, but I don't know. I am not peanut allergic.

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