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Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 2:09am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I also called P&G first thing this morning.
I was told Bounce and Downey contained what was considered a peanut derivative. They were unsure about the fragrance free and were to look it up.
I asked about Tide, and they said no peanut oils/derivatives, same with Ivory Snow.

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 2:58am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I called the number on the Bounce box this morning. I was told, yes, Bounce with fragrance has peanut oil in it. I asked about Bounce Free - she said it did not show peanut oil where she looked it up.
I also called Wisk. I got a really unhelpful person - the same person twice, actually! I called twice to try and get better info. Anyway, I was told there was no peanut or nut oil of any kind in Wisk liquid detergent.
I told the people I spoke with about the website, and that probably a lot of us would be calling!!

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 2:59am
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

I had "fun" making my calls this morning.
First I contacted the 800# on the side of my Tide box (consumer relations - Toronto). I was assured by a too-perky rep that P&G would "never" have a potential allergen in a product without indicating it on the label (!!!).
I then contacted the P&G office here in Montreal. I was given the 800# for consumer relations - Canada. These caught off guard people gave me the 800# for consumer relations in the US (1-800-332-7787) because they said there is no product development division in Canada.
The startled US consumer relations rep I spoke to was unable to answer my question, stating that "perfume" was an ingredient on her list but nothing specific. She took down my phone number and promised to call me back in a day or two with an answer (I'm not holding my breath...)
ProtectMyBoy - could you post the number you contacted where you were given the info re: peanut oil?

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 4:34am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

I just called P&G and was told Downey DOES possibly contain a peanut oil derivative in the fragrance portion.
No wonder all of our kids always suffer from various unexplained rashes!!
I am writing FAN a letter today to send out a warning! Also calling my daughters pediatric allergist who works at Mt. Sinai to warn his patients as well.
I was told they would send me a coupon for Downey free that didn't have the peanut oil. No thanks!
No I have to check on Wisk Free.

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 4:42am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

OK, now I realize just how unobservant I am. I thought I'd been using Wisk for the past few years... about a year ago, Costco stopped carrying Wisk and started carrying Tide, which my husband started to buy. Same big red jug - I only noticed this morning it was Tide when I went to check for ingredients (hubby says he told me last year... whatever...I'm sleep-deprived...).
Guess I'll never be called in as a police witness, anyway... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
So, I'm getting the impression that Tide is OK - both liquid AND powder? It's just Downy we need to be concerned about (I DO use Downy - I checked - HA!)? Is it the liquid as well as the dryer sheets ('cause I only use the liquid)?
Thanks to everyone who made calls and has posted info regarding them! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 5:20am
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Joined: 08/03/2000 - 09:00

I called Tide this afternoon and talked to Judy. She looked up the info for Tide and could not find peanuts listed as any ingredient. I told her that someone had been told that it contained peanut oil. And she said that because we had conflicting info, she would do some more checking and personally get back to me. Meanwhile, she said that she uses Tide free because her daughter has very sensitive skin. She said she would send me a coupon so I could try Tide Free.
Then I called Dreft. I talked to Lauren. She said that there was no listing of peanuts for Dreft. I mentioned that peanut oil is sometimes used for fragrance bases. She said that it is hard to track that info because the fragrance bases are made by various different companies. But she said that she would check for me. Meanwhile, she said that the only product listed as being definitely peanut-free was Gain.

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 6:30am
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Wow! There has been a lot of work done on this since the last time I visited. I actually feel guilty [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] ! All I have to contribute, which is very little, is that I checked both my laundry detergent (Sears) last night and the Fleecy dryer sheets. Of course, there are NO ingredients listed anywhere. I do have to contact Sears to find out about the detergent and I also have to contact Colgate Palmolive re the Fleecy sheets.
I am still SO upset about this because Tide is the best detergent and you know what? I'm fairly sure that it was on sale last Fall that was when Jesse's back broke out in the ezcema. I'm really p-o-ed. Also, my Mother, whose clothes always smell so lovely (I love the smell of my Mom! LOL!) uses Downey. If I tell this poor nearly 72 year old woman about the Downey, I'm not sure what will happen.
Actually, her clothes never really come into contact with the kids - she's not a hands-on Grandma, so maybe I just won't say anything.
I believe it was in Rilira's 504 Plan for Rachel, the 26 point plan under Schools, where she has mentioned that you should check what your school uses to clean with. Because of this, I did e-mail Jesse's principal and received information about ALL of the cleaning products used in the school.
Now thinking about it (similar to how the school had 2 Epi-pens and I only had one), perhaps I should have been also thinking about the cleaners I use at home. Oh my soul, who is going to break this news to Connie? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I actually didn't receive a response to my e-mail to P & G yet. I still would have liked to have seen their faces.
I'll e-mail about my two items later and see what answer I get and post it in here.
It would also be great, once we've all done our research if we could come in and organize and somehow come up with a list of what's safe and not safe - a very clear list. What do you think?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 7:00am
macer's picture
Joined: 01/07/2001 - 09:00

Anyone know about palmolive or Ivory dish soap?

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 7:06am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Gosh, I didn't even think about dish soap. My head is spinning. I called about Ivory bar soaps a few months back and was told they are safe. If memory serves me correctly, they list ingredients on their web site. That's not to say they might still say "fragrance" in general.
In my e-mail to Lever Brother, I asked them to let me know what soap products contain peanut/tree nut oil. I'll let you guys know what they say.
[This message has been edited by Heather (edited March 12, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 7:34am
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Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

When I first read this post I was shocked and I guess at first "disbelieving" if you will. This is so unbelievable, it almost sounds like an "urban legend". Well, given the "lax" labelling laws we have here in Canada I don't suppose we should be all that surprised.
I've sent an e-mail to Proctor & Gamble as well with specific questions as to the ingredients in their products. No word yet...I think we're all keeping them pretty busy with our requests for information. What I was thinking was perhaps whatever it is they are using re: peanut component may not be a problematic. From what I can understand about peanut oil (if that's what they are using), it's only the unrefined peanut oil which poses a problem for PA individuals, refined peanut oil (largely what is used in North America) has the offending protein removed. That said, I know that our allergist said that although refined peanut oil would not pose a potential problem, we should avoid it to prevent a possible reaction in the event that it is not refined properly.
I guess then that peanut oil would be a problem no matter what kind of peanut oil or by-product they use. So I've answered my own question there.
Would they be so ignorant as to use something this dangerous, a known allergen, in their products. I though that the Canadian legislation specifically said that if peanuts or their by-products are an ingredient then they have to be listed as such on the product packaging. Does this legislation only apply to food? Anyone who has visited the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's web site knows that it's not all that easy to find specific information. But I will spend some time there searching after I get my "three little darlings" to bed tonight.
I've used Tide and Bounce and Ivory Snow and, this far anyway, Wade has not had any problems with it.
I hope we're wrong about all this, but based on what many others have said on this as well as posted replys re: conversations with Proctor and Gamble, I have a sinking feeling that we're not. Maybe Wade has not reacted to the products because he's not "touch" sensitive and the children who have reacted are.
I hope they're forthcoming with some concrete answers soon. (can't you just hear the phones ringing to their lawyers now...)
Katiee (Wade's mom)


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