Tofutti Cutie causes reaction in peanut allergic toddler

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 1:35am
ErikaP's picture
Joined: 07/24/2000 - 09:00

My peanut allergic toddler had a severe allergic reaction after eating a vanilla Tofutti Cutie bar. I know there has been much talk about whether this stuff is safe, now that the peanut butter line exists. Unfortately, the answer is no. The same equipment is used to manufacture both the vanilla and the peanut flavors and obviously from our experience, their cleaning method is not adequate - despite their prized rabbinically monitored cleaning process.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 3:57pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I am so upset to learn that tofutti cuties are no longer safe for our kids!!! It just kills me every time I have to tell my daughter that another product she has enjoyed eating in the past is no longer safe. I am planning to keep my new baby dairy and (of course!) peanut and nut free for as long as possible: I guess he won't be able to enjoy any "ice cream" type products, except for sorbet. Sigh, is there any hope that we can get the tofutti company to discontinue this product? I think I will write to them and see what they say. Maybe their loyalty is more toward the Kosher consumer than toward the allergic community. I would imagine that the allergic community is a big supporter of theirs, however. By the way, I would never have known about this new cross contamination problem if I hadn't read it on this board. Does anyone know if FAN has mentioned it in their newsletter?

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 11:47pm
ErikaP's picture
Joined: 07/24/2000 - 09:00

I have written a reply to Tofutti suggesting that they either change their system or, at the least, label the product "may contain." They were very strident about their belief in their cleaning process for this particular piece of equipment. However, they pointed out that all sorts of peanut and nut products are produced in their plant (apparently there is some kind of cookie manufacturing going on in the same facility) and so therefore concluded that none of their products are truly safe for nut allergic children. I'm sorry that this doesn't seem to amount to much good news, but I'll let you know if they reply to my second letter.

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2000 - 5:41am
ihatepeanuts's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

I had e-mailed Tofutti months ago when we
first saw the peanut butter Cutie Bar. My
son loved the wild berry. They *never*
responded back to me. He hasn't eaten any
since we saw the pb kind. He usually forgets
about it until we walk by that area of the
store. Then he is asking to buy it. What a
shame that your child had a reaction.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 11:39pm
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

anyone use these? my friend does, her son is nut/milk/egg/fish/shellfish allergic.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 2:23am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

We haven't used them since we found out about the peanut flavor. We never had a reaction from vanilla, chocolate or berry but it creeps me out too much! DS uses the Tofutti vanilla quarts. DD uses Breyer's lactose-free vanilla.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 3:22am
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

Thanks for the heads-up! I can't eat these (soy allergy), but one of my PA sisters does. I'll warn her.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 12:15pm
kkeene's picture
Joined: 10/20/2003 - 09:00

We are not allergic to milk so never really tried these before. I had a friend whos little one was allergic to milk & they bought the Rice Dream Cream. Is that a safe option for you guys?

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 12:58pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The Rice Dream ice cream was not safe the last I looked.

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