Wal-mart giving out PB cereal samples!

Posted on: Thu, 07/06/2006 - 7:59am
TinaM's picture
Joined: 08/25/2004 - 09:00

We were in Wal-mart today and low and behold PB cereal was a sample, along with chips! I didn't even stick around long enough to find out the brand.

I have called Wal-mart corporate and explained to them about the allergy and my concerns. I'm sure they'll have the manager of our local store call. I will educate him when he does call.

If any of you see this at your local Wal-mart, I hope you'll consider calling. Maybe, we can make a difference with Wal-mart.

Posted on: Thu, 07/06/2006 - 8:47am
JenniferKSwan's picture
Joined: 06/19/2006 - 09:00

The same company that conveniently forgets to label for may contains? I will shoot off another email to them.
Why do these stores insist on handing out PN/TN products? 99.9% these tables are manned by older folks who just don't have a clue and think it's "okay" to thrust products at my son (started when he was less than a year old!). When I try to explain he has allergies (over the top of his screaming because he loves grown up food), I hear "Well, a little bit can't hurt". I snapped back one day, "You're right, it can't hurt, but it can kill him!" And stormed off. Heard a "Wow" in the background from someone else - not the lady handing out samples. I have seen numerous kids walk up and get a sample without having a parent around - bakeries are really bad at handing out cookies in this way too.
Thankfully now he is restrained in a cart or on a leash, I can honestly say I probably won't be taking him in when he can walk on his own unmonitored.
Mommy to Aiden 1/26/05 PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered DS#2 is due July 15, 2006 who we hope will be AF

Posted on: Fri, 07/07/2006 - 10:34am
jage512's picture
Joined: 11/01/2004 - 09:00

Was Wal-Mart the manufacturer of the cereal? The reason I ask is that I do some advertising for Wal-Mart and they hire separate demo companies to run their in-store promotions. While Wal-Mart is definately at fault, I would also want to talk to their demo company along with the manufacturer of the product who most likely decided to have the demo at the Wal-Mart store.

Posted on: Fri, 07/07/2006 - 11:32am
Judee's picture
Joined: 12/07/2005 - 09:00

We had the sample at our store one day last week. I can't remember the brand of cereal either though I do remember it being a name brand. They had the chips and a juice to go along with it.
We should have avoided the table altogether but I did let my kids have a chip. They get so excited when they see a sample table.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 6:54am
TinaM's picture
Joined: 08/25/2004 - 09:00

I don't know the manufacturer. I walked away quickly, so I don't know.
Judee, I think this was the same setup. They had chips (with the cereal they were handing out!) and juice on the other side.
I did call and they said I would get a call, but no one has contacted me yet!
It would be great if others would call on this. Maybe, we could get them to stop handing out these kinds of samples.
Jage512, I feel safe to say that it was a name brand cereal. The box did not catch my eye as a Wal-mart brand.
[This message has been edited by TinaM (edited July 08, 2006).]

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 8:27am
VariegatedRB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2005 - 09:00

Our local stores have been giving out a lot of samples, too, and I have seen twice at least that these were peanut...
As someone said, there are demo companies who hire and place the sample distributors, they are not walmart or target or costco or whoever's employees and the store doesn't necessarily have input into what is served (though they can probably place limits on it).
If you shop more than one store, you will see it is the same people (often retirees) at every store.
At ours, they now have little signs that say they will not give samples to children unless the parent says it is okay.
I think it is time to start a major letter writing campaign about this!
Tara P

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 11:30am
JenniferKSwan's picture
Joined: 06/19/2006 - 09:00

All of ours have signs too - but they still feel the need to thrust these samples in my son's face. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
The problem is not even with the demo companies, they are merely setting out the product that manufacturers send and pay them to do. Do you offend a major manufacturer by refusing to demo their may contains or nut containing products and risk a major account?
Mommy to Aiden 1/26/05 PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered DS#2 is due July 15, 2006 who we hope will be AF

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 9:22am
NutlessMOM's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Our local Wal-Mart store does this as well. They were passing out samples of Reese's peanut butter cups. The ones with the peanut butter on the outside. I was furious and I tried to explain to them the dangers of food allergies. (My son is severely contact allergic). One of my son's worse reactions was when he was about 2 years old, sitting in a grocery cart @ Wal-Mart. The very next day when I returned to get some prescriptions, there was a woman from my church with a jar of Planter's peanuts open and eating them with her very young child that was sitting in a grocery cart. (I was very upset) Anyway, I called Wal-Mart and they did not seem overly concerned and I never got a call from anyone. We see the sample tables and avoid them. Usually, both of my DS go to the video section and avoid the grocery section when we have to go there. My DD usually stays with me or goes with the boys.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 3:14am
Mommyof4's picture
Joined: 01/18/2006 - 09:00

Our Walmart had samples of those frozen PBJ sandwich pockets a while back. DH came running down the isle to tell me not to go down to the end where they were handing them out. He was very upset. I mentioned to DH that those people/kids taking the samples would then be touching the carts which could cause a reaction in someone like DS, and DH lost it!
He went straight to management. At first they didn't seem to interested in what he had to say, that is until he asked them if they wanted to be responsible for the possible death of our child or some other PA person.
DH suggested that they at least put some kind of wipes in front for people to wipe off carts. DH has been to management several times, and they finally had a meeting concerning this situation. A lot of the employees/greeters now know of DS allergies, and they provide Chlorox wipes to wipe down the carts.
We just steer clear of sample tables.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 9:34am
TinaM's picture
Joined: 08/25/2004 - 09:00

Thanks everyone for your input, at least I know that I'm not the only one dealing with these sample tables.
Still, no call from Wal-Mart!
We probably should do a letter writing campaign.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 2:03pm
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

As an aside to this topic, we always try to carry a couple homemade nametag stickers in Epipen bag that state "DO NOT FEED ME! FATAL FOOD ALLERGIES!!" -- We use red-bordered stick on nametag stickers for this. That way, if we happen into a Walmart or Sams (or wherever) that has food samples, I slap these onto the kids front & back.
Of course, that doesn't deal with the problem of the darned pb samples all over everyone else in the store . . . so I always have wipes . . .and sometimes, we just turn around & leave.


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