Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2000 - 5:49am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Does anyone know if TastyKakes are safe? I know that they produce a KandyKake that has peanut butter but they do not list any type of warning on the boxes of their other products. I am hoping that they use a designated line for their peanut/nut products. My friend sent us a whole box full and my son is dying to eat one. I did email the company but am sure if will be days before I hear a response from them. Any information will help.

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2000 - 7:05am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Wow! I guess I will be the first to respond to my own message. I already received a response to my email regarding TastyKakes. Here is what they said:
Although Kandy Kakes are made on a separate line, because our culls are
comingled with other products that may have peanuts DO NOT allow your child
to eat our products, to be safe.
Marie Mann
Public Relations Department
Tasty Baking Company

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2000 - 7:18am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

what is a "cull"? Are you in the U.S.?

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2000 - 8:09am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, I am in the U.S. and I wondered what a 'cull' is also. I am planning to write back and ask that myself but I know when I called they said they closed at 4 so I will wait until Monday. I will let you know when I hear something back.

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2000 - 8:56am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hello - Cull means "to pick out and collect" or "gather" so it must mean the machinery that sorts this product. Take care.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 10:26pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

This is what they emailed in response to my asking what a 'cull' is.
In our instance a cull is a cake that is not visually acceptable to package and
sell - perhaps it didn't line up properly and making a turn on the production line it was flattened or misshappened.
When this happens, we collect all of the "culls" and produce a paste of
these "culls" and add to a new batter to be used in the manufacturing process.
Now I know not to definately allow him to eat these. I was hoping from the person who replied before that maybe the machine handled prepackaged ones but I guess this basically clarifies everything.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 11:18pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

I sent her a reply telling her thank you for her help etc....
She sent such a nice response:
As a mother myself, I can't imagine what you must go through in regards to your child's allergy, especially when he is away from his family. Best wishes and my best for him. It was a pleasure e'ing with you!

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 2:39am
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Joined: 01/06/2000 - 09:00

Yuck! I had no idea manufacturers did stuff like this woman is describing. Kind of makes me glad that we have to cook our own stuff from scratch most of the time... and if I knew about 'culls' even before we encountered food allergies, I would be eating a lot less convenience foods anyway!

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 3:54am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I certainly agree with you. I know several companies that uses this procedure. A big one in the South is Little Debbies.

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 3:55am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

This "cull" business is pretty alarming. Do these products have a "may contain" statement? They should! If nuts are being mixed into the batter of non-nut-containing foods, they should inform consumers. It seems they should be required to list it as an ingredient, in fact. I wonder how widespread this practice is.

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2000 - 4:05am
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Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Little Debbies does list peanuts or includes a "May contain" warning on everything. I wonder is TastyKakes does too.
When my son was little, before I knew he was PA, I used to give him Little Debbies oatmeal pies. He would take a couple bites and promptly fall asleep! I never made the connection until after his diagnosis. Once we were at the park and he staggered to the ground and fell asleep on the woodchips. It was only much later that he first got hives from peanuts. It's scary to think of that now. He was actually having a severe reaction (drop in blood pressure), but because there were no hives I didn't recognize it as an allergic reaction. I think it shows that young children are exposed to peanuts in so many ways and what we think was their "first exposure" to peanuts probably, in many cases, was not.


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