Safe products I can buy in the States and U.S. Product labelling rules

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:41am
Nicole2's picture
Joined: 07/13/2006 - 09:00


We'll be in NYC soon and we rented a suite with kitchenette. We'll be driving from Ontario and bringing a good amount of food but as I am not familiar with labelling laws in the States, can someone tell me if the U.S. is dilligent about labelling allergens, and also what treats are safe to eat in the States (i.e. breads, baked goods, candy, ice cream brand, etc.) Thanks!!!

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Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 10:23am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

You might want to try sifting through the manufacturers (safe and unsafe) board. I think there's a list on there somewhere of safe US companies.
Companies here aren't required by law to list cross-contamination, but a lot of companies do (which again, there's a list somewhere). What they ARE required to do is list the top 8 allergens in plain english. Like if something has whey in it, they are required to mention somewhere that there is milk in the product, usually it's after the ingredients and will say CONTAINS: MILK.
But keep in mind that's only for food products. You probably won't be needing to buy cosmetics or OTC medicines/herbal remedies on your trip, but those aren't covered in the law. So if you *do* plan on buying them, make sure you know the weird names for peanut.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 6:53am
charlottesmom's picture
Joined: 06/28/2005 - 09:00

I will be going to NY state from Canada for some shopping.
Will buy Sunbutter, Philly Swirl and Moonpies as these are labelled as peanut/nut free.
I was wondering what my US friends would recommend as far as companies with great labelling practices, or that label for cross contamination for peanuts/treenuts.
I appreciate any help.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 9:40pm
charlottesmom's picture
Joined: 06/28/2005 - 09:00

I forgot to add I will be shopping at Hannaford and the Walmart super store.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 10:17pm
charlottesmom's picture
Joined: 06/28/2005 - 09:00

Hi. I am leaving tomorrow afternoon.
Can anyone help and let me know which major brands have excellent labelling and label well for cross contamination.
Thanks so much!!

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 8:01am
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

I think some people may be hesitant to answer because this is such an individualized thing and comfort zones definitely play a role here. Some people call companies, some don't. Some trust shared lines with allergen wash, some don't.
I found a thread about namebrands people trust, but it's from 2003.
As for my family, we find that we trust General Mills and we think they label well. That includes Betty Crocker. We also trust Frito-Lay.
Philly-Swirl is totally peanut/tree nut free.
Ian's foods have an allergen policy--look for the red banner. [url=""][/url]
From their website:

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 9:47am
charlottesmom's picture
Joined: 06/28/2005 - 09:00

Thanks for your help.
I will keep your suggestions in mind.

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 12:31pm
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

Sorry I wasn't much help, but the U.S. doesn't have all the terrific nut free products that Canada has! Baby steps over here, but I still hope we'll get the same kind of products here someday.
I also found this thread that has some products from the U.S. in it:
I hope you have a nice trip.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/28/2007 - 3:04am
charlottesmom's picture
Joined: 06/28/2005 - 09:00

Thanks LorieAnn.
Found the chocolate Philly swirl bars this weekend in NY state, my kids were thrilled.

Posted on: Mon, 05/28/2007 - 6:32am
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

Terrific! My dd loves those too. [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 06/03/2007 - 11:16am
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Joined: 06/03/2007 - 09:00

Tootsie's website says that all their products are peanut-free. We love them-
tootsie rolls, Dots, Andes mints, etc.


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