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Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 10:41pm
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Hi Teacher,
Yes, Hershey's kisses are fine in Canada. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I eat them too, although I prefer the Nestle and Cadbury chocolate. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 10:51pm
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Erik: Thanks for raising this listing (must have snuck by me before).

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 6:48am
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Are any of these safe? (USA) None have label warnings
Nestle's Wonka: nerds, gobstopper, shock tarts, bottlecaps, runts, laffy taffy
Hershey: Whoppers, Rolo, Jolly Rancher (hard, soft & lollipop)
Spangler: Dum Dum lollipops
Cambridge (subsidiary of Tootsie): junior mints

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 11:34am
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I spoke to a Hershey's rep a couple weeks ago and was told that the ONLY candy run on dedicated machines are the regular 1.55 oz size plain Hershey bars. They may be very allergy aware and have good cleaning procedures, but, according to the rep I spoke with, NONE of their other candies, including sixlets, rolos, whoppers, kisses, etc. are run on dedicated machines.
I also called Nestle (US) and was told that if their candies are run on shared equipment they would be labeled as may contain. The same is true for their Wonka products and their ice cream novelties. According to the rep, anything without a warning is peanut/nut safe. Has anybody received contradicting information?

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 2:00pm
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I talked to a Hershey (US) rep in the past that stated that products may not be run on dedicated lines but say rollos are made on a line that makes other products, the other products would not be nut containing products. She said they may not use dedicated lines but they would not run nut containing products on the same lines as non nut containing products. So say they have a line that makes rollos and it may also make whoppers, sixlets and such but these are not nut containing products so even though it is shared equipment there is still not a risk of nut cross-contamination. Now only one rep has told me this, so if anyone else calls Hershey ask them about this and see if you get the same info.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] kcmom

Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 12:02am
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Hi Lauren,
I e-mailed Spangler a couple of years ago regarding their Dum Dum Lollipops and they replied they *were* safe!
My son eats Shock Tarts and Nerds and has never had a problem...unfortunately I have never contacted the manufacturer regarding these candies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 12:29am
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Hi Jazz It Up,
Shock Tarts, Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Runts, etc should all be safe. I eat them too.
They are all made by Nestle, and if there is any risk of nut contamination Nestle USA (or Nestle Canada) always puts a warning on the label (ie: Nestle Crunch bars, may contain peanuts).
I think I once read somewhere that the Nestle Wonka factory that makes Nerds, etc is nut-free but I can't remember anymore.

Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 12:29am
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Kcmom, that was my own interpretation when I called about chuckles way bacy(might be a year ago-Halloween, I bet). Just trying to think where they would have come from? But the gist was no, not dedicated equipment. They are so precise, they do not want people to belive a line is for a single product. However, i would be more comfortable if they would just state outright if they keep nut stuff on nut lines and vice-versa. I guess, they really want to rely on the "allergy task team" at Hershey's, not information on paper. This also covers them for production changes, say for a batch. It is not, IMO, a nut free guarantee, but I am tending to trust more and more Hershey products. becca

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2002 - 8:04am
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I think that Hershey does label really well. In Canada, they always label with a warning message if there is a risk of contamination.
I wasn't sure about in the USA, so I decided to look for Hershey USA products in Toronto (not easy since most Hershey products here in Canada are manufactured by Hershey Canada).
I did find a "MOUNDS" bar manufactured by Hershey USA in Hershey Pennsylvania. The following warning message appears on the label:
"Allergy Information: Manufactured on the same equipment that also processing almonds".
So my personal opinion is that if there is no warning message on a Hershey's product, I would consider it safe to eat.
Personally, I rarely eat Hershey's products since I prefer Nestle Canada and Cadbury Canada products as I find they taste better.

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2002 - 9:32am
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I had the opportunity to pass some time waiting for a prescription at the pharmacy yesterday(poor dh has hives all over and we have no idea why-no known allergies, but looks like some kind of new one-bummer)! While I waited for his meds., I checked all the candy labels. So rare to be alone without a 3 year old in tow, so I took my time checking all the Hershey ones(USA).
I also noticed the warning on mounds, and mounds bites. No warning on the bag of halloween treat size plain bars, really no warnings on anything except things that clearly have a nutty variety(the miniatures). There were no warnings on whoppers, peppermint patties, cookie crisp, kit kat bites(I did not find regular kit kats), and a few other things. Very few warnings. I am so confused. I do trust and use the basics on occasion, the plain bar, sixlets, baking morsels, and cocoa. I do not know why I am having a hard time leaping further into the Hershey products.
Erik, do you trust that they clean the machines well enough(due to the allergy task team)?, or do you believe they keep nutty things on their own machines(they won't release this precise info.)? Is it your experience that you are able to eat products that *do* share equipment, if rigorous cleaning takes place and allergy swabbing? I am asking simply because you are aware of how you feel and what you eat, not to challenge your comfort level! I really like Hershey products, but I just try to go for the sure bet of dedicated equip. if I can, especially now that I am connected to The Canadian Supply, and finding some mail order things. becca

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