Restaurant French Fries Cross Contamination?

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 1:28am
LDR's picture
Joined: 09/28/2001 - 09:00

Do you let your PA kids eat french fries from restaurants? We haven't, because it was my understanding that the oil they are fried in could very likely be contaminated by other foods fried in the same oil that may contain an allergen we are avoiding.
What do you do?

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 3:56am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

I've had two problems lately:
1) Fryer also used for pecan-fried dessert (Charlie Browns Restaurant NJ)
2) Fryer uses sesame oil (local restaurant in NJ)
I always ask and avoid when something like above. But seems like we've had more problems lately (never a reaction from this though), and I'm beginning to rethink allowing restaurant fries (which I had always allowed w/ kids meals).
Also curious what others do.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 4:56am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son eats french fries at restaurants almost everytime we go somewhere. It is always something we can get him to eat, but I first ask what else is fried in the oil and then I make the decision to get them or not. Usually it is ok!

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 6:00am
hapi2bgf's picture
Joined: 04/22/2004 - 09:00

My kid eats the fries. The allergist didn't see a big concern here. I never ask if it is a dedicated fryer for fries for the PA. If the menu looks suspect, we either don't eat there or we only order grilled food. Plus, we rarely eat at a restaurant the serves anything fried that has nuts. She is strictly a chicken nuggets and fries kinda kid.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 6:01am
KatiesMom's picture
Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

The last two times we've eaten at Applebees, we were told that the french fries would not be appropriate for my PA daughter becuase they also fry peacan crusted chicken in the same oil. What I liked was that I only said 'no peanuts' and they came back with the peacan thing and the cross contimination thing. To me, it showed that they were gave thought to my daughters allergy.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 6:16am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Never unless it is a dedicated fryer. So far the only dedicated fryer we have found is at In and Out Burger and I am not much of a fast food eater. Non dedicated fryers are waaaaaaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone due to cross contamination risk.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 7:00am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I have never been that concerned about the french fry thing...but, um who would have thought of frying a desert??? Yuck!
So apparently this is a catching fad and I never thought about nut crusted chicken or fish being fried with french fries.
I'm going to definitely ask more specifically next time we visit a restaurant.
Good post....

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 7:50am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Another thing to watch that may be fried in the same oil as french fries is an "almond" coating - like "almond chicken". Sometimes restaurants buy "almond flavored PEANUTS". These are peanuts that have been deflavored and reflavored then sliced to resemble almonds. They are cheaper than actual almonds.
Then the restaurant prepares these fake almonds in a batter for almond chicken.
A fellow in the "in memory" thread ate french fries from an upscale restaurant with almond chicken on the menu....
I question restaurants specifically with what they fry in the same oil.
Have a blessed day,

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 8:24am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Something else to watch out for here is tortilla chips (and more common than fries in the restaurants we frequent). Ask what else is fried in the oil used to fry the chips. At one restaurant DH and I went to a pecan dessert is fried in the same oil, so the whole restaurant is a no-go for DS. Even though there aren't any peanuts there and no other pecans, I couldn't bear to take him to a TexMex restaurant if he couldn't have chips and salsa.
More often than not, they also fry shrimp in the same oil, which is a no-no for me. :-(
Some restaurants have baked chips, too. [img][/img] And even if some of them taste like styrofoam, they're simply a salsa delivery mechanism. Hey--and salsa counts as a fruit/veg!!

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 10:16am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I just don't eat fries....then I don't have to worry they are too salty, greasy etc. etc.
I don't miss them at all.
PA adult

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2007 - 10:26am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

When my son was just PA after I found out about the oil I let him eat the fries. Then came sesame allergy and now I don't because of all the breaded things they might fry. He's not a big french fry eater. I give him fries from Wendy's only or I make my own. If we go to a diner I order him pancakes and scrambled eggs or a plain burger. The pancakes are more exciting for him though. I'm MFA and I have stopped eating fried food when I go out and I haven't experienced mystery reactions since.
[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited May 21, 2007).]


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