Silk Soy products

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 4:11am
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Does anyone have any recent information as to whether Silk soy milks and soy yogurts are safe for PA? I emailed them a few weeks ago asking about pn cross contamination and got such an unhelpful form letter back!
Here is what they said:

Thank you for your recent e-mail to Silk®. We appreciate your interest in our products.

Effective January 1, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required all food labels to clearly state if the products contain any ingredients that contain proteins derived from the eight major allergenic foods.

As a result of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA), manufacturers are required to identify the presence of ingredients that contain protein derived from milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, or soybeans in the list of ingredients.

Silk® is in full compliance with this act and is committed to providing high-quality foods, while following good manufacturing practices throughout our production facilities.

The FALCPA is related to ingredients only. The FDA does not require food manufacturers to list ingredients which could be a result of possible cross-contamination as a result of being produced on shared equipment, adjacent equipment, from raw material suppliers, or within the distribution process.

Thanks again for contacting the Consumer Affairs Department.

Sincerely,
Evangelina Vargas
Consumer Response Representative

Ref: N706920

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*HUH?*
Well of course I emailed back saying :

Dear Ms Vargas,
Thank you for your reply. While I understand that FALCPA does not require you to list on your packaging whether or not your product is cross contaminated by peanut, I am asking you in good faith to tell me if such a risk of contamination exists. I am afraid I do not understand why you would refuse to divulge this crucial information, and must tell you that you are the only company I have ever contacted in 10 years of dealing with my son's nut allergy that has refused to inform me of the risk of cross contamination, even if the law did not require them to provide this on their packaging.
I do hope you will be able to write back with the information that I respectfully ask for.
Regards,
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They have still not responded to this or a follow up email. I am in the UK so I was hoping not to have to call them and run up an overseas phone charge with this. We are coming to the US in a few weeks and my mom really wants to stock up on safe stuff before we get there.
Has anyone else run into such stonewalling with this company? Anyone have recent information that their milk and yogurt is safe?

Many thanks
Jen

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 5:17am
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i think my friend uses it. my sons teacher uses 8 continent because her son is milk allergic and she thinks the soy is made on same line as milk? not sure

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 7:04am
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Hello- I called Silk 6 months ago and they are made on the same line as Almond Milk.
I am PN/TN allergic. You also have to be careful of the boxed broths. Similar packaging- contracts out to many different product lines. I personally have not found one comapany yet that is safe (soy or rice milk) at least for TN/shellfish.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:13pm
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Hi
My DD is PN and TN and I had given her continent 8 choc soy milk before we knew she had the allergy. She did not have a problem with it.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:24pm
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Hi
there is an old thread from about 2 years ago all about Silk Soymilk. We stopped using it because it is made on a dairy line and even though I sent it to Nebraska and it was tested and there was no dairy in it, when we stopped it, DS eczema almost disappeared. They had told me that they tested the silk soymilk every 15 minutes to see if it had any dairy contaminants in it. I didn't like that answer because if they have to test it so often, they are probably worried about contamination.
They didn't run it on a nut line back then.

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