Rudi\'s Bread to add nuts

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Please see thread on "Products for Our Community" Board -- this has not happened yet, and we may have an opportunity to influence their decision. Please call or write.

[url="http://www.rudisbakery.com/talk_to_us"]http://www.rudisbakery.com/talk_to_us[/url]

Consumer Hotline: 877-293-0876 Phone: 303-447-0495 Fax: 303-447-0516

Mailing: 3300 Walnut St., Unit C Boulder, CO 80301

I just sent them this email:

I have just found out that your bread will no longer be safe for those with nut allergies. I am shocked and dismayed that Rudi's would make this decision at a time when nut alelrgies have increased exponentially, and more companies are starting to be more allergy aware, making efforts to reduce risks and provide nut-free products. Recent studies have shown that peanut and/or tree nut (e.g. walnut, almond and cashew) allergy affects about three million Americans. Not only do we personally rely on Rudi's bread, but our entire school Lunch Program uses your Honey Sweet Whole Wheat, hot dog and hamburger buns, precisely because they are nut-free and healthy. I was also told by your customer service representative that while some breads will continue to be manufactured in your Boulder plant with NO nuts, there will be no way to tell by labeling which breads are nut-safe and which are produced in the new facility which also processes tree nuts. Despite FDA regulations that do not mandate advisory labeling, many compaines rightly endorse such labeling, for both ethical and liability reasoning. In the least, you could make sure to label ONLY the bags of bread which actually pose a risk with such a warning statement, so that the breads that are still nut-safe can continue to be purchased and consumed by individuals with nut allergies -- and used by the many organizations and institutions which have moved toward creating nut-safe environments. I urge you to reconsider this decision.

On Mar 14, 2007

I sent them an email. Hopefully, the least they will do is update their labeling (like you suggested). Who wants to eat walnut bread anyway??

On Mar 23, 2007

I just got off the phone with a representative from Rudi's Bakery. He said there is some discussion within the company of not producing the walnut bread because of the feedback received so far from customers. He also confirmed that if the bread is produced (which is scheduled to begin April 9), it will be produced in the same facilities and on the same lines as the non-nut breads. He said they are also considering adding dedicated lines to their facilities in the future.

So, if this impacts your family, please call or email SOON. Here is Rudi's contact info:

Email at: [url="http://www.rudisbakery.com/talk_to_us"]http://www.rudisbakery.com/talk_to_us[/url] Consumer Hotline: 877-293-0876 Phone: 303-447-0495 Fax: 303-447-0516

On Mar 23, 2007

I just emailed them, thanks for posting the link so I could easily respond!

We live off this bread! I hope they reconsider. Meg

On Mar 23, 2007

I called yesterday and got the same story. I urged them to re-consider and they did state that the decision was not yet final.

I expressed that if they did decide to produce the nut bread, that if it were possible to isolate it to a single plant and employ good labeling, then many of their existing customer could continue to enjoy their products.

Please voice your concern!

On Mar 24, 2007

Can we copy this thread to TAKE ACTION, too? I'm not sure how to do that. It sounds like Rudi's may be open to changing their plan, but we all have to call. Having a major company like this (they are in all Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Wild Oats stores, etc.) change their mind because of the concerns voiced by our PA community could potentially even generate some media attention, as well as set a positive precedent for influencing and educating other companies. Please call or email ASAP!

On Mar 25, 2007

i dont use their bread but i did send them an email to voice the concerns of a parent of a child with food allergies!!

On Mar 28, 2007

Thanks, Tidina. Has anybody had any luck in trying to deal with them about this issue? Our time is running out.

On Mar 28, 2007

Thank you for your recent comments sent to Rudi's Organic Bakery(r) about tree nuts in our products. Beginning on April 9, 2007 we will have products in our bakery that are made with tree nuts. Good manufacturing practices have been put into place to make every effort to have Rudi's products contain only the ingredients listed on the label. However, since all products are made on the same lines, there could be trace amounts of tree nuts in all Rudi's products.

We have had various kinds of nuts in Rudi's products, off and on, over our 30 year history. As we grow and expand, we hope to have more dedicated lines and be able to offer more allergen free products.

Our top priority at Rudi's Organic Bakery(r) is to ensure that we always provide you with the highest-quality organic products possible. We believe that organic farming practices minimize agriculture's impact on the earth, working to conserve our precious resources and reduce soil, air and water pollution. Our organic breads are free of harmful pesticides, artificial ingredients or preservatives and trans fat resulting in breads that are not only great tasting but safe, healthy and wholesome.

Your interest is of utmost importance to us, and we take your comments and questions seriously. Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.

In Good Health,

Tim Rudi's Customer Service [url="http://www.RudisOrganicBakery.com"]www.RudisOrganicBakery.com[/url]

[This message has been edited by Yonit (edited March 30, 2007).]

On Mar 28, 2007

Yonit- I came here to post that exact same response. I just got it in my email- they must be sending the same reply to all who wrote in about the new walnut bread.

On Mar 28, 2007

I got the same response today from Rudi's. What bread are others planning to use that does not contain PA/TN on the West Coast (Washington State)?

On Mar 29, 2007

I emailed them to and asked them not to send back an automated response.

i am so disappointed!!! It has been great to have hamburger buns and hotdog buns that are safe!

we are going to buy, buy, and buy more and freeze the breads until april 9!!!!

On Mar 29, 2007

A friend suggested that perhaps we could also speak to Trader Joe's corporate (626-599-3700), since they carry Rudi's under their own label, as well as Rudis's label --Maybe they could help influence Rudi's decision. The quantities they purchase would make a much bigger impact.

On Mar 30, 2007

Thank you for your recent inquiry into Rudi's Organic Bakery(r) about the date our products are made. All Rudi's products, except our Spelt Tortillas, are sealed with a plastic kwik lock tab. Each tab has a 4 digit lot code. The first digit refers to the shift (1, 2 or 3). The next three digits refer to the Julian date on which the product was made, where 001 would be January first and 365 would be December 31. In the year 2007 the Julian date for April 9th is 099.

We ship our breads frozen. Freezing is part of Rudi's Organic Bakery patented process to delay staling that guarantees product satisfaction above and beyond other organic breads. For ordering purposes between now and July 2007, if the lot code ends in 300 to 365 the product was made in 2006 in a facility with no peanuts or tree nuts. Products with a lot code ending in 001 to 098 were also made in a facility with no peanuts or tree nuts.

All of our products are made on the same lines. Once an allergen like tree nuts is introduced into a facility traces amounts of that allergen can find their way into all products.

Our top priority at Rudi's Organic Bakery(r) is to ensure that we always provide you with the highest-quality organic products possible. We believe that organic farming practices minimize agriculture's impact on the earth, working to conserve our precious resources and reduce soil, air and water pollution. Our organic breads are free of harmful pesticides, artificial ingredients or preservatives and trans fat resulting in breads that are not only great tasting but safe, healthy and wholesome.

Your interest is of utmost importance to us, and we take your comments and questions seriously. Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.

On Apr 26, 2007

So....what y'all doing about bread these days???? I just hung up the phone with Rudi's and the CS Rep Tim's response to cleaning the lines was "We do the best we can, but we can't guarantee there won't be traces of walnuts in all of the breads". Sigh.

Now, as far as I know, there is not another bread out there that's not on shared lines with ds' allergens of milk, eggs, peanuts/nuts. I don't have time for the bread machine at the moment...

Meg

On Apr 27, 2007

I am curious as to what bread others are eating, as I am allergic to walnuts and won't take the chance.I currently am still eating the Rudy's I froze.I had just found the Rudy's thanks to this board and had emailed them to thank them for the excellent product right after I tried it, which is when they announced the nut addition.

On Apr 28, 2007

Yonit - THANK YOU for posting the safe codes....I just bought a car load of this stuff! Ok....11 loaves....but that's a lot of bread for 3 people! But it will be nice to have some on hand in the freezer!

Thank you so much for posting the codes!

[This message has been edited by Sarahb (edited April 29, 2007).]

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