Rudi\'s Bread to add nuts

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 9:07am
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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.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 9:20am
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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??

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 3:15am
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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

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 5:37am
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I just emailed them, thanks for posting the link so I could easily respond!
We live off this bread! I hope they reconsider. Meg

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:14pm
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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!

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 11:07am
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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!

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 11:56pm
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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!!

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 12:19am
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Thanks, Tidina. Has anybody had any luck in trying to deal with them about this issue? Our time is running out.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 7:21am
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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).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 7:35am
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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.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 2:07pm
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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)?

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