Trader Joes-Outrage and Rant...

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Ok, so I know I have posted before how much I love Tj's..and I do...they are great with the labeling. But tonight I guess I am just upset and bummed out. So I buy their bagged lettuce ALL the time...convenience!! So tonight as I am making the family a salad, I decide to read the label (not even thinking of a chance of P/TN in it) and whayda know!..."produced on the same line as tree nuts, in a faacility with peanuts"...i am so upset...I know..they are great about the label, and I do appreciate that...it just sucks that lettuce out of all things is dangerous...well that one at least....

On Mar 20, 2008

They probably make a salad or salad kit that has nuts. IMO i dont think this deserves outrage or a rant, its just one more thing that can be crossed off the list. i think we should be THANKFUL that we know that we can trust their labeling. Even if it means one less thing we can eat, at least we know that we can trust the labels. Try a different bagged salad, maybe they use different facilities for different types of lettuce? or try grabbing a regular bagged salad from the regular grocery. i dont mean any of this offensively, so please dont take it that way. be thankful you had the thought to read the label, and that you can TRUST the label (whereas any other brand may be processed on, not labeled, and your child suffered a reaction because you checked but it didnt say anything and you thought there's no way, so didnt call, etc.)

On Mar 20, 2008

kandebuttahfly- I know where you are coming from and take zero offense...I should be grateful that TJ's labels the way they do...better to know than not know. I think it was just the heat of the moment that got me furious. crossing the lettuce off the list for know ;(

On Mar 20, 2008

Wow Thank you for your post cause I just returned from TJ's and would not even think about looking at the lettuce ingredients. I bought the 3 Romaine heads in the pack, that is done by TJ's in Monrovia, CA where most of there food is packed and saw nothing on the back of "manufactured in". I think she is right the the bagged chopped lettuce must be on a line where they do pre boxed salad meals. Thanks again for the heads up!!!!!

On Mar 20, 2008

I guess I just going to have to get that one...better than chopping up a full head of lettuce myself (like i have the time ;)

On Mar 20, 2008

Daneg - PLEASE DO NOT quote ME ON THIS... BUT... I had a concern when purchasing bread for my little man from there. Before I knew he was TNA (for a long time i thought PA only), I had fed him this cinnamon raisin swirl bread that said shared w/ tree nuts. Then after his spt was positive for TN, i flipped out, but by now thats obviously his fave breakfast (go figure!). So there was 2 kinds, the kind i had that was now unsafe (well it wasnt safe to begin with), and this other one, it wasn't labeled for anything, so i asked the manager at the store. Im not sure if they would process lettuce AND bread in the same spot (it would be weird, but who knows!), but she said the one that wasnt labeled for nut contam was made in monrovia, and it was completely pn/tn free, that if they feel even the slightest x-contam may occur they label for it.

maybe just a coincidence, but perhaps everything coming out of monrovia is from the same spot, and therefore safe? please please PLEASE everyone do your own checking, but just a thought?

ps - speaking of not checking, my mil fed my son black olives at his b-day party over the weekend. i loathe olives of any color, but i know other people dig them, so i bought a can. i didnt read the label, mostly bc id never feed them to him (the smell makes me nauseous, i feed him other stuff i dont like all the time)... but she fed them to him. lo and behold, shared facility... *sigh*

On Mar 20, 2008

I WORRY ABOUT olives and only use Musco because i have talked to them in the past. some olives have almonds in them. anyway we use peppridge farm cinnamon bread, it has milk in it though.

On Mar 20, 2008

oh thats for the info about pepperidge farms! ive been using the one from TJs, but it is super thick (like an inch thick!) and my poor little man only has 2 teeth still, so he just gums it to death and hasnt been working. thanks for the heads up, milk is ok for us!

i kinda worried about the olives as well, as they have the pit in them, and i heard people can react to all "pit fruits" (he had gastro issues with mangos, i havent got a clue if theyre related, but i heard all pit fruits can be a problem).

On Mar 20, 2008

I believe mangoes are relates to cashews. Don't quote me - but I read that somewhere once and avoid them for my son.

On Mar 20, 2008

Interesting about the "monrovia" because I see alot of private label TJ's stuff from Monrovia, not having ANY allergen label... like their mini pizzas...wouldnt you think that they would have to say "contains milk" omg, i am so confused

On Mar 20, 2008

lj - you are correct - i realized this after i had been feeding my son mango for a couple days and he was having tummy issues and the WORST diaper rash he has EVER had (not to mention since i make his own baby food, when i cut the mango off the seed, i gave the cold slippery seed to him because it was still juicy and fruity so he could nibble at it, i believe he was 6 months). needless to say, i stopped the mango, it was a complete AH HA moment when i read the mango thread a couple months after that!

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