Stouffer Animal Crackers

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2002 - 12:44pm
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pI called Nabisco today regarding the Stouffer Biscuit Co. who makes animal crackers. My son's teacher asked me to check to see if they would be safe for a school project. I had read somewhere that Stouffer was bought by Nabisco, but the Nabisco rep was extremely unhelpful and said she didn't know anything about it and couldn't help me. Does any one know about the safety of this product? Thanks for your help./p

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2002 - 1:20pm
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Funny you should mention this brand. A few years ago I contacted them directly. I can't tell you if it is different since they have been bought. IF they are still made in PA then they are not safe. The lovely lady at the plant told me she would not give them to her child if they were PA since they are made on shared lines.
Arlene

Posted on: Sun, 08/25/2002 - 9:02pm
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I just talked to them a few months ago .Before we knew about the PA my dd at them all the time without any problems. But the lady I talked to at the company said they are absolutley not safe. She said she has seen a peanut butter cookie actually fall into a bag of animal crackers. Sorry to disappoint but it's better to know I guess! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
kcmom

Posted on: Mon, 08/26/2002 - 7:10am
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Thanks to all for your quick responses. I bought a substitute animal cracker for the teacher this weekend, and it was the Great Value Brand put out by Walmart. They had great labeling on the box, and even stated that they were made in a facility that processed milk products. So, if anyone needs to buy them they may want to look at this product.

Posted on: Mon, 08/26/2002 - 9:20am
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I plan to call the company tomorrow and get to the bottom of this!
The information that I have come up with thus far is:
D. F. Stauffer Biscuit Company, Inc.
Belmont and Sixth Avenue
P. O. Box 1426
York, PA 17405-1426
(800) 673-2473
I have been extrememly upset ever since reading this thread this morning! I have trusted this brand for over a year! The crackers and whales have been a staple in my PA son's diet for kindergarten snack and now for learning to count (and eat) in first grade!!! I warned his teacher today. I feel SOOOOOOOOOO frustrated!!
Oh well, now that I have that off my chest [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Valerie

Posted on: Mon, 08/26/2002 - 10:28am
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Actually, a friend of mine with a dd with PA called Stauffers just the other day about the whale crackers and were also told they were not safe.
I understand your frustration (don't we all) I had been giving my dd the animal crackers since before we knew she was PA and then for a while after since she wasn't reacting. I called because of reading a post where Dr Woods said that to outgrow PA they must have no exposure even to things they may not react to. When I talked to them and they told me that they were definetly not safe I just wanted to cry thinking how I may have exposed her all that time! It just killed me! These are the times I REALLY hate this allergy!!!!
I'll be intersted to see what they tell you.
Take care! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
kcmom

Posted on: Mon, 08/26/2002 - 10:30am
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Actually, a friend of mine with a dd with PA called Stauffers just the other day about the whale crackers and were also told they were not safe.
I understand your frustration (don't we all) I had been giving my dd the animal crackers since before we knew she was PA and then for a while after since she wasn't reacting. I called because of reading a post where Dr Woods said that to outgrow PA they must have no exposure even to things they may not react to. When I talked to them and they told me that they were definetly not safe I just wanted to cry thinking how I may have exposed her all that time! It just killed me! These are the times I REALLY hate this allergy!!!!
I'll be intersted to see what they tell you.
Take care! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
kcmom

Posted on: Mon, 08/26/2002 - 11:23pm
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Well, I just got off the phone with a very nice lady at Stauffer's and she told me that they were not made on shared lines but were manufactured in the same plant as peanut items. She said that she has a safety class re: allergens with every new hire, but that if it were her child she would not feed them anything made by Stauffers.
On the other hand she said that due to the volume of calls they have received about peanuts that they are RIGHT NOW trying to decide whether to put the warning label on the packaging or not. I told her that on behalf of all PA parents we would sure appreciate if they did. I'm wondering if we did an online petition if it would sway them any?? From the way she talked they have excellent manufacturing practices... they just need to label that they are manufactured in the same plant (same as Kelloggs!).
FWIW,
Valerie

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 5:12am
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I wanted to bump this up as a product from this company was the apparent source of my problem at school today. I just now called and specifically asked about their shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate. I was transferred to Quality Assurance and the very polite woman explained that they do a thorough wash between lines, [b]however[/b] they recommend that pa individuals avoid their products. She ended with "You just never know." I am grateful for her honesty and told her so!
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Be safe,
~Dawn~
[This message has been edited by Dawn (edited January 30, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 5:27am
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Hi, I'm pretty new to this website. I didn't see the post on Stauffers. I have always bought the animal cookies. Today, I was eating them and I tasted something fuuny. It was a little cheese lightning bolt, or something like that. I called them and they said your pa child shouldn't eat this. I told her the company needed better labels. She said I should always call the companies to make sure if they were safe. I don't think she should have said that. I felt like she was blaming me. I told her I buy about 150.00 dollars of groceries a week. I read everything before I put it away. That is my responsibility to my son. But it was the companies responsibility to put the warning on the package. DUH. How can we read it if it isn't there. Btw, I do call if I'm buying a food for the first time. Last week I called Tyson about a product of their's I have never bought before. They said they would look into it and called me about 72 hours later. Yes, I do this. But we shouldn't have to. This was a food my child has ate since he was a toddler. I can't believe how little concern these companies have. She offered to replace my cookies. Like I would ever use this product again. She wasn't listening to me!!! I don't want her coupon! She said they were thinking of putting a label on. Why don't these companies wash, etc. their lines. Or have pn/tn free factories. Hope this iformation helps someone.rj

Posted on: Sat, 02/15/2003 - 10:55am
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HI
I called stauffers yesterday - I left a voice Anna - then spoke to a man named Mike - he was a little bit fuzzy on all my questions but very polite - I came away with - there is always a chance and we are considering an allergen warning.
Then 3 hours later Anna called and asked if I had spoken to anyone yet - she was very polite and listen to all my questions and concerns - she basically told me that - though there animal crackers are not produced on a line that produces peanuts or tree nuts the packaging line is shared with tree nuts. Also they do not currently have any peanut containing products but they have on occassion been know to produce these by special request. Yes they are considering an allergen warning label.
I explained that I understood that it was not government regulated but if it had an allergen label I would not use their products but I would speak positively about their labeling practices. Without a warning - and with possible cross contamination not only would I not use their product but I probably wouldn't speak very highly about their practices.
So no more stauffers animal crackers for us - now I have to call church and explain that what we thought was safe is not.

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