snyders of hanover

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I recently bought a few bags of pretzles, I got the bags of "pieces", honey bbq and mustard and onion, and also a large bag of sourdough, I do not see any warning on these bags. I will call and ask about them. thanks Tamie

On Mar 2, 2005

Tamie,

If you haven't done so already, conduct a search in this thread for "snyders" and you'll see a number of posts about them. There are some clear comfort zone questions for you to sort through...

On Mar 4, 2005

I've noticed that they started labelling some boxes "made in a facility that handles peanut butter". I called Mark Steele again and asked him about this.

He said that the facility is one big room about 100 yards long. They have a room enclosed by cement walls that has an opening about 5 inches high and I think he said a few feet wide (don't remember exactly). Pretzels are brought in through that opening where they are used to make the peanut pretzels. People that go in must wear gowns, hats, gloves, etc. and wash hands before leaving the area. Packaging for that product is kept separate from any of the packaging of other products.

Despite the great precautions they take to separate peanut from the other products, they still have decided to print the warning (probably because of the new labelling laws coming into effect soon).

I asked why some packages have the warning and some do not. He replied that they will all eventually have the warning it's just that they haven't updated their labelling completely yet.

The only pretzels that they make which are not affected by this are their rod pretzels which are made in a PN/TN free facility in Arizona.

On priciple, I won't be buying Snyder's pretzels when there are so many other safe options. However, I can't help but wonder, what the difference is between buying Snyder's pretzels that are "made in a facility that handles peanut butter" (when they use dedicated lines and seem to take strong measures to prevent cross contamination) and letting my son eat in the cafeteria at school when other children are eating peanut butter sandwiches. KWIM?

I'm upset with Snyder's that they couldn't just invest in a separate building to house this product. But yet, at least they are letting us know about it. I'm more upset with companies that have no warning but when you call them they say "duh...yeah we do have peanuts and we do not have dedicated lines".

How do you all feel about it? I have a feeling that once this law goes into effect in 2006, we will see a lot more of this happening with other companies as well.

On Mar 4, 2005

I feel very disappointed. I really find Snyders to be a superior pretzel product, and our whole preschool has used them exclusively for 3 years. I will be sure to have then drop them from the list, though. becca

On Mar 5, 2005

So what safe brands of pretzels does this leave us with (I mean crunchy pretzels, not soft ones like SuperPretzels)?

I am pretty sure that there have been threads here about people having reactions to Frito-Lay's Rold Gold pretzels. Are there any other nationally available brands that are made in nut-free facilities?

--Debbie

On Mar 5, 2005

Hmm, I did a search for rold gold pretzels, and read all the posts, but didn't find anything about anyone having a reaction to them. Rold Gold and Utz are the two brands I buy, and we've never had a problem with them (and my kids eat pretzels just about every day).

On Mar 5, 2005

Hi-I've been getting Bachman pretzels because I received an email from the Quality Control Manager saying they had no p/nuts or tree nuts, but they do make a sesame product but it is in a completely separate part of the building where they are trying to keep all allergen products contained. She advised me that the mini's, Thin 'n Rights and Kidzels should be ok (ds is allergic to peanuts/treenuts/egg/sesame). I can look back at the exact response if anyone is interested.

On Mar 5, 2005

I thought the consensus here was that Frito Lay labels well and that people here generally trusted Frito-Lay's labelling.

Are the Rold Gold pretzels safe? I buy them for my older kids, since Frito Lay has such a good reputation here.

Anne

On Mar 6, 2005

We trust the Rold Gold pretzels (and Frito Lay labeling in general)...haven't had any issues.

[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited March 06, 2005).]

On Mar 6, 2005

There was a thread started September 25, 2001 by kstreeter in which two people said they had reactions to Rold Gold pretzels. I found the thread by doing a search on "Rold Gold" in the Manufacturers (Food) Safe & Unsafe forum.

I have no idea if their experiences are too old to be relevant now, but these are probably the posts that made me uncomfortable with Rold Gold.

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/000453.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/000453.html[/url]

--Debbie

On Mar 6, 2005

We use Herr's... Pretzels, Chips, Cheese Puffs, etc... They have no peanuts or treenuts in their factories. The only product they sell that they told us not to use is their Chocolate Covered Pretzel varities. They are out sourced to another company to manufacture and package!! The customer service department is very nice and very informative. No pre-written legal script in regards to any of my questions! Lori

On Apr 23, 2005

Rold Gold and Utz seem to be safe. We are sorry to have to give up Snyder's products. DD really likes their mini pretzels. Herr's makes a peanut-filled pretzel. Utz has a thoughtful discussion of peanut allergy (among other things) on their web site.

[url="http://www.utzsnacks.com/Productinfo.shtml"]http://www.utzsnacks.com/Productinfo.shtml[/url]

On Jan 30, 2006

I had been buying Snyder's for years since I thought they were safe. Last night I picked up the bag that I had already bought and noticed the "made in a facility that handles peanut butter"...UGH. Guess it'll be a new brand for us now too!

On Jan 30, 2006

I have used Snyders for years and am, too, disappointed that they are "handling peanut butter" so have debated about not using them. On the other hand, I feel like they are doing a good job of keeping the peanut butter separate and I want to support companies that are working to manage allergens. Of course, we have about 10 allregies between all of my kids, so our options are more limited than someone who just has to avoid nuts.

On Jan 30, 2006

remember that things may have changed since these old posts. its good to call companies and see what their policies are NOW. we use rold gold and lays potato chips. we also use pringles.

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