Weetabix

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 5:36am
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Anyone familiar with the labeling practices of the company? (PA/Nuts)

Label on particular box *I* purchased indicates: Distributed in MA, and this box states: "PRODUCT OF CANADA", and "Certified By Quality Assurance International".

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 12:46am
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leers, here's a link to a thread about Weetabix.
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/001648.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum11/HTML/001648.html[/url]
I did contact the company and asked for both Canadian and US allergy information earlier this year.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 1:15am
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Thanks, Anne Marie. Just got off the phone from them and she claims it is made on a dedicated line and unless something happens on the farm end with the wheat she claims it to be safe. I think I may give it to him again in a few days and see what happens (not a school day). It just seems weird to me that he had it Friday, threw up and then had it this morning and then threw up. Doesn't seem like the flu to me.... I hope it is not some new allergy (milk, wheat)...
Keep you posted in a few days.....to see if any more reactions occur.
Here is the phone number if anyone is interested 1-905-372-5441. They are located in Cobourg, ON.

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 2:45am
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Hi leers,
It does seem like a strange coincidence that your son threw up two different times after eating the same breakfast. I would be worried, too.
Good luck, Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 3:43am
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Leers, I'm glad to see their answer was consistant with what they told me earlier in the year.
I do hope your son hasn't developed any new allergies. And yes, please do let us know if he's ok eating this on the weekend.

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 4:13am
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Yes, I will let you know. I am going to give him the cereal on Sat. for breakfast and see what happens. Since I picked him up from school today he has been fine here home with me. Definitely not the flu....

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 7:28am
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DON'T FEED IT TO HIM AGAIN.
If it is a reaction, the next one could be fatal! Vomiting is a sign of Anaphylaxis. I would save the rest of the product and get it tested by a food lab.

Posted on: Tue, 10/05/2004 - 10:59am
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You know, I was assuming that when he was throwing up the food he was getting rid of the toxin (peanut product) out of his system. Am I wrong, I do not know. Even though he was diagnosed 4 years ago with the allergy I find I am learning something everyday. I don't know what to do now!?!?!?!

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 12:57am
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Quote:Originally posted by leers:
[b]You know, I was assuming that when he was throwing up the food he was getting rid of the toxin (peanut product) out of his system. [/b]
Some people (and some doctors) agree with that - throwing up gets rid of the product faster. But, others feel that to induce this to happen risks additional reaction. It means the protein is passing through the throat a second time. [i]Personally[/i] I have never done anything to cause my body to rid itself of the peanut. My body tends to take care of that itself - and I don't think I could stop it. (Never wanted to stop it either.)
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Regarding margaret's post. She's right. If you think it's an allergic reaction he should not eat it. I checked my box of Weetabix and there are very few ingredients - the most likely allergens were whole wheat and some form of malt. (They are different in Canada and US so check your own box.) A wheat allergy would probably be showing up with other foods. [b]Correct me if I'm wrong....but[/b] whole wheat is wheat. I don't think you would be allergic to whole wheat but not wheat. And chances are your son is eating wheat in other foods.
If you can get the product tested for peanut protein that would be good to try. Is your son due for allergy testing any time soon?
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Here is a copy of the e-mail I received from the company in Feb. this year.
[i]Hi Anna
We thank you for your email. Because the cereal is made on a dedicated
processline, we have much better control over the risk of cross-contamination.
As a result we do not need to use statements such as may -contain.
Weetabix would be a good choice for consumers with peanut allergies as the risk
is extremely low. Unless contamination happened at the farm level. There is no
further risk in the process of peanuts being introduced to the cereal. This
applies to both the regular Weetabix in Canada and the organic Weetabix in the
U.S.
Thanks
Carmen
[/i]

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 7:25am
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Hi MommaBear. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I happen to have a box of Weetabix in my home. I don't recall eating it myself though. It lists the ingredients, but no *may contains*. I tried phoning but couldn't get through.
I did manage to find a web-page for them and sent an e-mail asking about products in Canada, and also sold in US with the quote from your post that is written on the box.
[url="http://www.weetabix.ca"]www.weetabix.ca[/url]
I will post when I get a reply.

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 7:50am
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AnnaMarie,
Thank you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
It's an interesting quote, isn't it?
Don't recall ever seeing one like it before.
Wonder whose labelling standards rule when dealing with Produced in "X", Distributed in "Y" type situations..........

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