Ritz Crackers

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 12:29pm
NutlessinNJ's picture
Joined: 02/23/2004 - 09:00

Just a warning to all...my PA/TNA son went down the street today to play with some friends. One of the moms brought a sleeve of plain Ritz crackers to munch on. One of the other moms noticed something on two of the crackers. It was peanut butter chunks. I was told that Nabisco uses designated lines for Fig Newtons, plain oreos and plain Ritz crackers here in the NJ plant so I always considered these to be safe however apparently this is not the case. I know that Nabisco also makes "ritz bits" with peanut butter on them but I was under the impression that that was in a completely different facility. Just keep your eyes open if you have any of these. There is no warning of any kind for nuts on the package!!!

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 1:50pm
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Thanks for posting! I've always felt uneasy about Ritz b/c they make those mini PB ritz snack 'sandwiches'. And their labeling has a lot to be desired!

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 8:45pm
gerilynn's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

And even the Ritz Bitz chesse crackers actually CONTAIN PEANUTS as it is labeled. This was the first example that the doctor gave us in the hospital as something you wouln't expect to have peanuts!

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 10:19pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

NutlessinNJ, glad to hear that your son is okay at least. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Is the other Mom planning to contact the makers of Ritz about finding pb in PLAIN Ritz crackers? Even if I wasn't dealing with PA, I would because the manufacturer should be aware that there was some type of problem.
Several months ago, I purchased some juice boxes for my children and didn't notice anything was wrong with them 'til I got home.
There were three in a pack and the package was covered with plastic. Well, each of the three juice boxes had holes in them, all in the same corner, on the bottom.
I contacted the makers to let them know that there was a problem with the juice boxes (actually if you let your imagination run wild with that one it *could* be pretty scary). They were quite thankful that I brought it to their attention.
I wasn't talking about one of the 8 major food allergens!
I'm Canadian, and I do still feel comfortable purchasing Mr. Christie's made Ritz crackers. I feel they're labeled really well.
It's too bad our TAKE ACTION part of the board took such a nose dive because it sounds as though the manufacturer (I don't know if it is Kraft in America) could use some irate e-mails and general questioning that we did do, once upon a time, in the TAKE ACTION part of the board en masse.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 10:32pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Quite some time ago somebody posted here about the same thing happening to them. It turned out it was not pb, it was Ritz "dough." It has come up a few times since then--apparently it's a fairly common occurrence and yes, it really does look exactly like pb.
I will see if I can find the old thread, but I don't think it will be easy to locate--it was quite a while ago.
edit: I raised the other thread--it's called "Big Scare..." or something like that.
[This message has been edited by Sandra Y (edited May 21, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 10:36pm
SaraO's picture
Joined: 02/18/2003 - 09:00

About three months ago, I opened a sleeve of Ritz crackers (after checking the label) and handed a couple over to my 3 year old PA/TNA daughter. Only moment later to look over in a panic at what I thought was PB. I grabbed the crackers from her hands and had her spit out the cracker in her mouth and opened the rest of the sleeve. They all looked like they had bits of PB around the edges. I was FURIOUS. Since I am not PA I tried one and found that it was a "dough" or bi-product of the cracker, not PB. Still it scared me and I haven't given her one since...can't bring myself to go through the worry again. Don't know about your situation, but that is what happened with us. Good luck and let us know if you hear anything.

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/2004 - 10:39pm
Batman's picture
Joined: 08/11/2000 - 09:00

Canada specific - I have been told that Ritz has started to make the sandwich crackers with cheese in a different facility than the peanut butter ones, so you will notice that the new boxes no longer have the may contain warning on them. I called them last week and they verified this - I have not bought them for my PA son to eat yet though.

Posted on: Fri, 05/21/2004 - 1:18am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Sandra Y., excellent thread you re-raised! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
In Canada, our Ritz crackers don't come in a sleeve (or not that I'm aware of [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )
They come in a box that has a bag inside so any of the crumbly stuff would be at the bottom of the bag and the only thing I've ever noticed *wrong* with the crackers themselves is the occasional broken one.
The crumbs in the bottom have always looked to me just like what they are, crumbs. But I guess because it's a bag and not a sleeve. A sleeve would be tighter.
Batman, excellent news! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
We just tried this week (and again, Canadian specific) the Ritz Scuba crackers which, to my children, were really Goldfish crackers. They really wanted to try them because they were a new Ritz out that were "safe" but they don't care for Goldfish and didn't care for these either. But at least it was another option "out there".
Batman, again, great news. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sandra Y., again, great thread (sometimes the oldies are goodies). [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 05/22/2004 - 12:44pm
NutlessinNJ's picture
Joined: 02/23/2004 - 09:00

Hello SaraO and Alternative to Mainstream
I actually had two of the other moms there try the substance that was on the crackers and it was actually peanut butter. I didnt want to touch it because of Max. I am going to contact Nabisco directly here in NJ and see if they changed the processing ...obviously they have...but I want to find out what they have to say and why they would do something so stupid!! I'll let you know what they have to say.
Just e-mailed Kraft foods tonight will keep you all posted. Be well!!
[This message has been edited by NutlessinNJ (edited May 22, 2004).]

Posted on: Sat, 05/20/2006 - 11:04pm
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

My PA, TNA and SA son eats these with no problem, as long as we are talking about the original size of Ritz.

Posted on: Sun, 05/21/2006 - 2:08am
bonestable's picture
Joined: 04/05/2005 - 09:00

I spoke to Nabisco last week about the Ritz Dinosaur crackers. My box of these DID list natural flavors in the ingredients.
I was told that the natural flavors in the Dinosaurs include a seasoning containing sesame.
I would think if natural flavors are not listed as an ingredient in other Ritz products then they should be OK, so long as none of the other listed ingredients is suspect.


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