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Has anyone found a safe brand of soy sauce?

I called hunt/wesson the makers of Lachoy soy sauce and they told me its manufactured on the same line as a peanut sauce. They are aware of the top food allergens and thoroughly clean the lines after a product with an allergen is produced. But I'm not too comfortable with that and was hoping to find a brand that is made on dedicated lines. The brand I've been using for my food (not for my pnt allergic child) comes from a chinese grocery store and is produced in china so I can't call to get info and don't want to use it for her.

thanks for any info.

On Sep 25, 1999

Hi Brenda,

I use Kikkoman Lite Soy Sauce with no problem. But, now that I think of it, I don't use it on my PA daughter's foods! I stay away from all Chinese products where she is concerned. It might be worth checking if you use soy sauce often.

Take care, Linda-Jo

On Feb 26, 2000

I've used Kikkoman regular and Lite all my life and have never experienced a problem. However, I have not called the company to double check the safety.


On Feb 28, 2000

My son has been eating Kikkomen Lite on his rice for several years and we've not had a problem. I have never called them either because I could not have imagined that soy sauce would be a problem. Wow! Christine

On Feb 28, 2000

I too contacted kikkoman last week and they did tell me that soy sauce is manufactured on the same lines as items that have peanut byproducts. I'm not sure if that meant peanut oil or peanut. At any rate, we decided it was a risk we didn't want to take so we are looking for an alternative as well.

On Mar 6, 2000

I purchased "Tree of Life" Shoyu Organic Soy Sauce at a health food store and called them today. The bottle I purchased was distributed from St. Augustine, FL. Their phone number is (904) 824-8181. My standard first question usually goes "My son has a life-threatening allergies to all nuts - peanuts and treenuts. I see from reading your ingredient statement that your product does not contain any nuts, but because of the severity of my son's allergy I have to be concerned about the potential of a trace amount of nut contamination from another product manufactured on the same equipment. Is there any other nut-containing product which is produced on the same equipment?" The answer I got was that "there are no traces of nuts, but the product does contain wheat". I was a little confused by the answer because I didn't ask about wheat and also because wheat is already listed as an ingredient. Maybe this was just intended as a thorough answer covering major allergens. I did try to press to make sure she was answering question I was asking but she didn't seem to understand why "there are no traces of nuts" wasn't clear enough to me. I was trying to get her to say "we don't make any nut-containing products" or "we don't make any nut-containing products on the same equipment". I decided to try again in a couple days. I'll post back when I am more confident one way or another.

On Mar 7, 2000

Wow, I am surprised about this topic. I have been using LaChoy to marinate my different meats in and my 4 1/2 yr old PA son has never had a problem but from what I am reading I don't think I want to risk it anymore. Would like to know what you find out!

On Mar 7, 2000

I'd be interested tofind a soy sauce too that was totally safe 'cause I haven't been able to also. So, for the past couple of years i've been faking it with beef flavoured OXO cubes. Coulor's right but the salt content is alot less. Close enough I guess.

On Mar 8, 2000

Sorry, The icon should be thumbs down - don't know what happened.

Well, I pursued the Tree of Life Shoyu Soy Sauce again today. I found out that San-G in Richmond, VA makes this product for Tree of Life. They also make a Thai sauce with peanuts on the line. They claim to clean very well before switching but I'm not comfortable. Let's keep looking. I can't live without soy sauce.

[This message has been edited by Marietta Carter (edited March 08, 2000).]

On Mar 28, 2000

I'm confused... My "life-threatening" p.a. child has used LaChoy Soy sauce many times without a reaction. Were we just lucky? Here I've been worried about a safe worchester sauce because labeling is so vague on most brands. Granted we don't use much soy sauce anymore. You can bet now we won't use any!

On Mar 28, 2000

FromtheSouth, I don't think it is just luck. Maybe LaChoy has good manufacturing practices and cleans well between products. I never called them because I heard somewhere (maybe here) that they make a peanut sauce. It's just a risk I personally don't want to take.

As an update, I don't know if anyone here has ever ordered from Miss Roben's but they call all there suppliers to check for cross-contamination risks for major allergens!! They carry two soy sauces, SAN-J (I think they are discontinuing this one) and Nutrimax, which they believe are free from any kind of nut (including) peanut cross-contam risk. I got different info from SAN-J when I called them myself earlier and I reported this to Miss Roben's. They were going to call SAN-J again and said they would let me know if they found out it was safe (I haven't heard back yet). I purchased the Nutrimax and will call them myself as well. I'll let you know if I find this. One more plug for Miss Roben's: they list phone numbers of all their suppliers in the back of their catalog so you can easily call yourself before ordering.

As for a safe worchestire sauce, Lea & Perrins is free from cross-contamination risk for peanuts (probably treenuts too - I just don't have their letter in front of me - if anyone wants to know, I'll check).

On Mar 29, 2000

I have been using Kikkoman all my life (21 years) and have never had a problem with it! The other sauce I use that is similar to soy sauce is by the company Maggi. I don't know if that is still around though. It is in a bottle that looks similar to a vinegar bottle and the label is yellow and red. I have also used teryaki sauce which is a bit sweeter than soy sauce but, similar nonetheless!

On Mar 29, 2000

I spoke with Kikkoman and they said that they don't have any sauces with peanut in them or do they make peanut sauce. There are no cross-contamination issues. I also received a letter verifying this from their corporate offices in San Francisco. My son has been eating this since he was very small with no reaction. He loves it and I feel confident that it is safe.

On Mar 30, 2000

This is for Canada...I am also in Canada, you mentioned that you use OXO cubes in place of Soy Sauce. I'm not sure about OXO, but I had to stop using Bovril cubes, and the consentrated "beef" stock because they contained hydrolized palnt protein. For some reason, the chicken flavour does not contain it, so I still use it!. HPP was on my list of do not use products given to us by Wade's Allergist.

Thougt I would pass along what I've been told!


Katiee (Wade's Mom)

On Apr 1, 2000

Marietta Carter, Yes, please post any info. you have on worchester sauce!

On May 11, 2000

Can someone tell me how to contact Miss Robens? Thanks Bridget

On May 12, 2000