Very Bad Labeling

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 12:11am
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I purchased some cereal bars last week from Wegman's (they're located in western NY). I have always found them to label appropriately and had good luck with the products. Anyway, the box had no indication under the ingredient list and on the front of the box there was information on lactose free ( I can't remember exactly my husband threw out the box) and I think a wheat warning. They have this new labeling thing where it is in a colored circle. I gave my son a bar and as I was putting the box in the pantry I saw the "may contain" warning on the other side of the box in the most least conspicuous place! I immediately yanked the bar from my son , gave him Benadryl and said a prayer. No reaction thank God! I know it would've been my fault because I should have checked everywhere on the box. But I believe Wegman's gave a false sense of security putting other warnings on the front of the box when the most dangerous and needed information was placed inconspicuously. I e'mailed Wegman's (twice before I got a reply) and right now am playing phone tag with the rep. Her e'mail stated they keep in accordance with FDA , blah, blah , blah, and will soon follow the new labeling requirements. But I want to talk to her personally with my concerns. Fill ya in after I talk to her.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 1:50am
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That's exactly why I just can't trust other people who say they've read the ingredients. I myself noticed a warning like that on a package of cookies that a kindly elderly neighbor gave to my son, and said she had read it. I can't remember the name of the brand- it's not a really big brand- it's Mrs. Something or other. And the peanut warning was far away from the ingredients label and in the stupidest place.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 2:44am
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Just got off the phone with the Wegman's rep. I'm more confused then ever. She said those colored circles with the lactose and other warnings are not designed for allergies they are "wellness symbols" designed to help people find the type of food they are looking for. They are not to be confused with allergen warnings. Am I not getting this? If you are looking for a specific ingredient whether it be lactose,milk, wheat, etc, it just makes sense to look at the ingredient list. I feel they are making more work for themselves. She even said there is a wellness symbol for peanut stating peanut free products, I haven't come across that yet. I just don't understand, I told her these seem confusing and misleading. I'm going to go shopping tomorrow and check out those symbols a little closer and call her back another time when the fog clears out of my brain.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 2:52am
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Thanks for the information on Wegman's labeling. A Wegman's just opened up here (N. VA) and I really love the store. I'd like to add that I feel you really need to watch Trader Joe's labeling. I purchased shortbread cookies with jam last spring after reading the ingredient list. I gave one to my daughter before I noticed a "may contain" warning under the UPC (nowhere near the ingredients). Thankfully, she did not have a reaction.
I also agree that because of these labeling issues, that I don't trust anyone else to read the labels.

Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 2:34am
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Never mind about not trusting anyone else to read labels: now I don't trust myself! I would never think of looking for a peanut warning anywhere other than the ingredient section. If I found it anywhere else it would be pure accident. Thank you so much for posting this, because now I know to read the entire package.

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