Wendys using peanut oil

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 7:47am
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Anonymous (not verified)

We were traveling this weekend with my PA son. We decided to try Wendys. We asked about the oil used for the fries and were told they use vegetable oil for the fries but PEANUT OIL FOR THE CHICKEN STRIPS. Since we don't usually eat there and I am not familiar with their current menu, I don't know if this was just at this location or due to a new chicken product they are selling but BEWARE!!! We told them we would be eating elsewhere.


Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 8:18am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

My kids eat there probably about once a month. We've never had any issues and I do know that the 2 I have gone to doesn't use peanut oil.
Perhaps it's just the location. Where do you live?
[b]***BEYOND OBSESSED***[/b]

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 8:22am
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Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

This is what their website shows (look at the bottom):
Homestyle Chicken Strips (back to top)
Chicken Breast with Rib Meat, Water, Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Sodium Phosphate (emulsifier), Breaded with: Wheat Flour, Water, Rice Flour, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Spice, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Dextrose, Onion, Garlic, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast, Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, colored with Paprika, Lactic Acid. Cooked in: Partially Hydrogenated Corn and Soybean Oil.

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 8:23am
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Anonymous (not verified)

We were somewhere in Ohio on I75. We were traveling so I don't recall the city. They were very clear on the fact that they were using peanut oil. We hadn't even thought to ask about the chicken since we wanted fries but they volunteered the information.

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 10:06am
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Joined: 09/07/2004 - 09:00

I take my daughter to "our" Wendy's about twice a month, but only after a conversation with the manager. I spoke with the manager of another Wendy's in a neighboring town and recieved different info. regarding cooking procedures. Since they are franchised, I think that you really do have to talk to a manager at each one.
I think I read in another thread on this board that they were told by a manager at one restaurant that if they ran out of oil, someone would go to the local grocery store and buy whatever--including peanut oil.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could truly trust each chain rather than having to make sure the individual stores are safe? To people who aren't dealing with peanut allergy or aren't trained to understand the seriousness of it, oil is oil, peanut or otherwise.

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 1:29pm
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Please, important to note, before you condemn a whole fast food chain, is that you have found ONE Wendy's that used peanut oil.
That's why it is imperative to ask questions before you order.
However, I also think when you want to post this information on the board, which is important for people to know, that it is worded in a way that doesn't frighten anyone as they're sitting there eating their dinner from Wendy's.
ONE Wendy's that you have found used peanut oil. A LOT different than Wendy's uses peanut oil.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 10:29pm
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Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

I'd be curious as to what Wendy's corporate would say about this. I believe they are all supposed to following the ingredients etc. that Wendy's publishes. Especially since it appears that on their website they are so cautious to include all ingredients and allergen info.

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 11:51pm
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Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

I was just about to post the same thing robin did. Even if it is a franchise, it's my understanding that the owner still has to follow the same nutritional guidelines (otherwise, why bother to have a corporate website with nutritional info?)
Michelle, I urge you to call Wendy's corporate and make them aware of this. Hopefully it will lead to them reiterating the importance of avoiding allergens to all of their stores. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/21/2004 - 5:13am
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Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

when we were on vacation we stopped at a wendy's I *think* in colorado. I asked about the oil and she said she didn't know, but they got it in a big block. I figured that was proably shortening but wanted to make sure it wasn't peanut. She said oh I think it is peanut. Then she asked her manager and the manager said it is soy only. I don't think the workers all know the details of the ingredients. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/21/2004 - 5:46am
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Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

When I ran my movie theater, yrs and yrs ago...
We popped the popcorn in some type of oil.. Than a scare came out, about how 'bad' the popcorn is (calorie-wise).
We then switched to canola oil...
But, the 'topping' was what we called 'a soy based topping' -- God only knows WHAT was in it (I was 16+ at the time - I didnt care...).
AND, when we POPPED the popcorn, we used the canola oil, but also threw in some yellow salt and whether that had dairy or not in it, is BEYOND me...).
The Salem, MA theater used to use REAL butter on their popcorn.
And the Warwick Theater (Marblehead) to pop their corn in peanut oil.

Posted on: Tue, 09/21/2004 - 5:53am
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Joined: 08/23/2001 - 09:00

Our local Wendy's (RI) and the various Wendy's in Mass and NH that we have eaten at while on vacation all have used the soy oil. However, this year we drove to Disney - I assumed that we would be able to eat at Wendy's on our 23 mile drive --- All the Wendy's we stopped at (NC/SC/GA) said that they use peanut oil. I was glad I packed a cooler of safe food for DS just in case. It remined me again that it is always important to ask everywhere - all the time -even if it is a franchise type of establishment.

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 3:46am
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I remembered where the Wendy's was...it was right across from Bowling Green University on I75 in Ohio so if I get a chance I will contact corporate. - Michelle

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 5:43am
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Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

I live in NC and have eaten at several Wendy's at here and in SC and have only encountered soybean oil.

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 2:25am
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Joined: 07/23/2010 - 09:20

I visited Wendy's yesterday in St. Louis, MO; and ordered my 22month old son chicken nuggets. We visit Wendy's about 1-2 times a week for the last 2months since it opened in my neighborhood.
The first time I visited my son ate the chicken nuggets; but for the last 4 times, now that I think back. He hasn't been eating the chicken nuggets. He throws them or plays with them like they are toys; he refuses to eat them.
So after trying to feed him chicken nuggets again for like the 5th time; like 20-30 min later i noticed he was red & hives were all over his body.
I googled Wendy's webisite, and how they fry/cook their fried foods, and discovered they use Hydrogenated Soy Oil (which has a blend of peanut oil in it); after visiting Wendy's official website, and Peanutallergy.com, I have finally discovered that my son has been having an allergice reaction to the chicken nuggets, and his instincts do not like the taste of them, therefor he will not eat them.
So parents beware! and I will not be able to feed Wendy's to my son at all

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 2:56am
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Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

How did you find out that Hydrogenated Soy Oil has a blend of peanut oil in it? They mentioned highly refined soy oil on their website but I didn't see the peanut oil mentioned. Just trying to determine if all hydrogenated soy oil contains peanut oil.
My son is anaphylactic to peanut, but he is fine with highly refined peanut oil - I am completely anal about every morsel he puts in his mouth, but I have continued to let him eat Chic-fila (all cooked in highly refined peanut oil). Per his allergist highly refined peanut oil is safe, as it removes the peanut protein. now if he had never eaten this before I would have stayed away from it, but since he has eaten it dozens and dozens of times before I continue to let him. (even though I do watch him and get a little nervous)
Does your son have other allergens? Is it possible maybe he was reacting to the egg or fish which was also cooked in the same oil? We feed my son Wendy's french fries all the time, hoping not to take another food off his list :(

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 11:24am
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Joined: 05/23/2010 - 18:22

I have bad reactions to peanut oil, but eat Wedny's alot..too much...hmmm I have noted that unless you talk to a manager or cook, no one is sure what they use.
I don't remember exactly what they say, but I was told that it's trans fat free. Peanut oil has trans fat, doesn't it?

Posted on: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 9:47am
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Joined: 05/06/2010 - 17:05

Because of allergies, all places should have a sign (on the menu, counter, door, whatever) that tells you what oil they use.

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2010 - 1:36pm
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Joined: 09/01/2010 - 18:55

I've never heard that Wendy's uses peanut oil. We don't eat there, but thanks for the info.

Posted on: Sat, 10/16/2010 - 8:56am
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Joined: 10/13/2010 - 21:22

Well, thank you for that, I usually don't eat chicken strips and don't eat at Wendy's often but that definately saved me some trouble for the future; that would have been twice as traumatic since I'm allergic to peanuts as well as soy!!

Posted on: Wed, 11/03/2010 - 5:37am
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Joined: 10/25/2010 - 14:04

I think it must be based on who owns the Wendy's....the one down the road doesn't use peanut oil....but the one near my parents house in Florida does. I think you just need to ask and not avoid Wendy's in it's entirety.

Posted on: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 7:22am
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Joined: 11/06/2010 - 13:35

I agree. We only eat at McDonalds, but we avoid all fried foods. I rely on the site ingredient list because I also have a dairy allergic child who has to avoid buns with milk in them too. I would be pretty upset to find out if the bun had milk in it at that particular location when the site shows otherwise. It may be individual franchises, but there are still quality control issues that must be, well, controlled.

Posted on: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 7:25am
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Joined: 11/06/2010 - 13:35

Honestly, I avoid all fried foods in restaurants. You just never know, and not just with the peanut oil, but with the excessive potential for cross contamination issues.
We eat at McDonalds, and order plain hamburgers and apple dippers. Much safer. Less risk involved, IMO.

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