YES! I HAVE FOUND A GRANOLA BAR!

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:28pm
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KASHI TLC "Tasty Little Chewies' all Natural Chewy Granola Bars, 'CHERRY DARK CHOCOLATE"

Ingredients: Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame Blend (whole hard red winter wheat, oats, rye barley, triticale, long grain brown rice, buckwheat, sesame seeds) Brown rice syrup, cherries (red tart cherries, apple juice concentrate) dark chocolate (evaporated cane juice crystals, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla) evaporated cane juice crystals, soy protein isolate, soy grits, chicory root fiber, corn flour, honey, expeller pressed canola ol, rice starch, vegetable glycerin, oat fiber, evaporated salt, molasses, soy lecithin, natural flavors, when, annatto color, [B] CONTAINS CHERRIES AND MAY CONTAIN CHERRY PITS, CONTAINS WHEAT SOY AND MILK INGREDIENTS'.

Please don't tell me that you've called the manufacturer and that these aren't really safe. I've eaten two - with no problems!

This is absolutely the BEST granola bar I've tasted since PA dx. I reread the label half a dozen times while I was eating it - finding it hard to believe it was safe!

Please call the manufacturer - to make sure it is within YOUR comfort zone. It certainly is in mine!!

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:45pm
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I don't want to burst your bubble but after reading a few things here I don't trust anything from Kashi. In the past they would tell you if you called which items were made in nut free facilities. Now they won't tell you and they don't label for shared facilities/lines/etc.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:52pm
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Hi Gale,
* POP * (that's my bubble bursting)
I also just read on the flap that they also make a peanut peanut butter TLC chewy granola bar......* sniff *
But I think this is in my comfort zone anyway.
OK for me - but don't think I'd buy them for a PA child or a super sensitive adult.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:07pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
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OK for me - but don't think I'd buy them for a PA child or a super sensitive adult.
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Right. I've said that about a lot of foods/situations-that if it was me with the allergy I might do this or eat that but with my kid it's a different story. I hope you never have problems with them-I'm not a big granola bar person but I remember eating a lot of kudos bars when I was in HS and they were pretty darn good.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 3:54pm
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Adele---I hope these continue working for you. If for some reason they don't, Kellogg's All Bran bars and Kellogg's Smart Start Bars come sooooo close to the real thing--if Kellogg's is in your comfort zone.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 10:44pm
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i dont trust kashi either because ive read about reactions, plus my son is allergic to sesame still as of skin prick test yesterday!!

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 11:11pm
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I'll give Kashi a call today and ask about the granola bars.
I bought a box of Nutrigrain bars for a trip a few weeks ago but didn't care for them. I really hope the Kashi bars check out as OK.

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2007 - 11:52pm
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I just spoke with someone at Kashi.
I was told that the Cherry Dark Chocolate granola bar is made in a different (peanut and nut-free) plant from the other granola bars. If any of their products are made on equipment that is also used for a nut product, the box would be labeled 'may contain'.
I'm convinced that the granola bars are safe for ME!

Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 12:28am
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Adele, if they put on the label that it's made in a peanut/nut free factory, their sales would go up exponentially! Maybe I'll try these for my daughter.

Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 1:36am
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awesome Adele!
I love Kashi products, but I can't have anything w/ their 7-grain wonder mix anymore since I tested positive to sesame on RAST (all I get is a flushed chest/next...but I thought best to avoid)
I do use their oatmeal and the GoLean Shake Mix [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 1:43am
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my son has negative RAST but positive skin prick test. he said the bump was just a little itchy!

Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 2:26am
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Quote:Originally posted by Kathy L.:
[b]Adele, if they put on the label that it's made in a peanut/nut free factory, their sales would go up exponentially! Maybe I'll try these for my daughter.[/b]
Hi Kathy, they don't put 'made in a peanut/nut free factory' on the label - they will express it as "may contain peanuts' if it IS made in a factory that has peanuts/nuts or on shared equipment.
He was pretty emphatic that this particular type of granola bar (cherry dark chocolate) is made in a peanut free facility, unlike the other bars. The code on the box begins with RS.....which indicates the factory. He said the code on the other types of KASHI chewy granola bars is CS (or C...something....I didn't write it down) indicating they are made in a completely different factory.
I would suggest that you also call KASHI to make sure it is safe for your child. It will be interesting to hear if you get the same answer as me!
I can see the problem I'm gonna have is NOT eating them all in one sitting!
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Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 2:33am
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]awesome Adele!
I love Kashi products, but I can't have anything w/ their 7-grain wonder mix anymore since I tested positive to sesame on RAST (all I get is a flushed chest/next...but I thought best to avoid)
I do use their oatmeal and the GoLean Shake Mix [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Adrienne
Adrienne
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Adrienne....that's a bummer! When I found them, I thought, 'isn't Adrienne gonna be happy to hear about this!.'
So sorry.
Adele

Posted on: Fri, 08/24/2007 - 5:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]I just spoke with someone at Kashi.
I was told that the Cherry Dark Chocolate granola bar is made in a different (peanut and nut-free) plant from the other granola bars. If any of their products are made on equipment that is also used for a nut product, the box would be labeled 'may contain'.
I'm convinced that the granola bars are safe for ME! [/b]
Kashi must be improving their labeling! Has anyone seen a Kashi product with a 'may contain' label on it? I haven't looked at any in months since we were essentially giving up on them. I still have some crackers and cereal in my cupboard that I'm leery of using.
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Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2007 - 7:19am
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Um, I know you just posted this 5 days ago, and maybe the Kashi website is outdated, but the ingredients list/allergen warnings posted there for this exact product clearly say CONTAINS almond and peanut flour and milk and MAY CONTAIN traces of other tree nuts. This product sounded very interesting to me, but assuming the website is right, it's not safe for anyone with PA or TNA regardless of comfort zone.
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Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2007 - 8:50am
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Quote:Originally posted by journstep:
[b]
Um, I know you just posted this 5 days ago, and maybe the Kashi website is outdated, but the ingredients list/allergen warnings posted there for this exact product clearly say CONTAINS almond and peanut flour and milk and MAY CONTAIN traces of other tree nuts. This product sounded very interesting to me, but assuming the website is right, it's not safe for anyone with PA or TNA regardless of comfort zone.
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Here is the ingredient list from the website:
Ingredients:
Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2007 - 8:54am
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This reminds me of the discussion about coconut being added to the FDA's tree nut list. At the time it was posted that companies had to specify the type of tree nut in may contain labels (if they had one) but apparently that is not true. Kashi has tons of stuff that simply says 'may contain tree nuts' without specifying.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:43am
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I emailed Kashi about this product. It is made in 2 different plants - the email said that I would have to check the ingredients and sometimes it will have peanut flour/almond flour plus a nut allergen warning....and sometimes they will be safe as they were made in the other facility !!
I told them we will not be purchasing this any more - too confusing for me, not to mention my 3 year old...."yes honey, today they are safe, but when we come back next week, they may not be, but the week after, perhaps"....forget it. Not worth the brain damage, plus Im just annoyed at Kashi for making it so much harder.

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 12:40am
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general mills made their small granola bites. contains wheat and soy i believe. my son had a few and was fine. they are what we all love about their new cereal but in little baggies and just the granola bites. yum O!!

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:14am
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Quote:Originally posted by schnoob:
[b]I emailed Kashi about this product. It is made in 2 different plants - the email said that I would have to check the ingredients and sometimes it will have peanut flour/almond flour plus a nut allergen warning....and sometimes they will be safe as they were made in the other facility !!
I told them we will not be purchasing this any more - too confusing for me, not to mention my 3 year old...."yes honey, today they are safe, but when we come back next week, they may not be, but the week after, perhaps"....forget it. Not worth the brain damage, plus Im just annoyed at Kashi for making it so much harder.[/b]
Schnoob, Did you ask specifically about the CHERRY DARK CHOCOLATE? This is the only type of granola bar I asked about. The person I spoke with said that it is made in a separate factory, indicated by the number on the box.

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:23am
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Quote:Originally posted by AJSMAMA:
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Here is the ingredient list from the website:
Ingredients:
Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 9:59am
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Oh, Adele.
You have ruined me with the discovery of these granola bars.
I bought these just for the adults in our home. Apparently, these granola bars cause me to become an impulsive pre-teen and eat about, oh, 10 at one sitting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
I *had* intended to tuck a box into DH's car for a trip he is on this week. I forgot. I am so hosed.
Reluctantly thanking you for this find,
Elizabeth [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
PS -- Henceforth I shall refer to these as [i]groan-ola[/i] bars.
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Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 10:06am
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So glad you are enjoying them Elizabeth! I went through a box in a couple of days, so decided I am ONLY allowed to buy them right before a trip. I haven't had a granola bar like that since I was dx with PA. Oh yum!
(edited) - I'm glad to hear that (name edited out by office)enjoyed them too!
I hope everyone also calls Kashi so you are 100% they are safe for your kiddos. Plus, when I called, they sent me two coupons, each good for a free box!!

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 6:54pm
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I called on these today after finding two boxes of the cherry dark chocolate at Long's drugs.(and after noting conflicting info on the box compared to the website allergen info)
I was told that sometimes they do manufacture these in a facility with nuts and peanuts and when and if they do the label will reflect that.
He did say they put the warning on their site as a general disclaimer in case someone does have a box with the warning on it. I did mention that it was very confusing and that maybe they should clarify on their website.
The rep said to "CHECK THE LABEL EVERY TIME"...the facility could change. But if you do have a box that has no peanut/tree nut warning that they would be fine.
For some reason I am still freaked out to give them to my 6 year old...(maybe because they just look nutty to me?) but I have eaten 2 and LOVE them!
Shelley

Posted on: Sat, 09/15/2007 - 9:38am
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I agree with what Shelley was told - I did specifically ask about the Cherry Dark Chocolate bars and was told the same thing i.e. they are made in 2 different places and they will label accordingly. I also love the bars....my PA 3 yo wasn't so thrilled about them, but sometimes it takes her a couple of times to like something new. Anyway, my whole issue with this is that she cannot read so I dont like to let her think something is safe when sometimes its not....once she can check labels for herself, I guess this will be much easier.

Posted on: Sun, 09/16/2007 - 1:03pm
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Well today I let my girls try them...one is PA/TNA and the other not known as of yet. (ages 6 and 4) (she had a blood test and came back negative but he wants to food challenge her.I am TERRIFIED!)That's a whole other story....anyhoo, they both loved them as I do and no problems at all. I made sure we were at home and kept an eye on my oldest.
As a side note, my oldest is very sensitive to trace amounts in food and has reacted terribly from them.
Shelley

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DO NOT EAT THESE BARS!!!!!!
under NO circumstances will i allow my PA child to eat kashi products. i developed PA while i was prego with PA son, and it has since gone away. i wasnt diligent about reading labels and had a BAD reaction (while pregnant nonetheless) to the cherry dark chocolate chunk kashi granola bar. it is made with peanut flour, and listed right on the ingredients. this was in dec 06/jan 07
i may still have one in the pantry, i thought i saw one last time i was really digging around looking for something, and would be more than happy to post a picture of the label that reads clearly "CONTAINS PEANUT FLOUR"
i can understand the bars being processed in different facilities, hence different labeling, but i highly doubt they would use pn flour in one recipies and not the other.
BE CAREFUL!

Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2008 - 4:32pm
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I don't know that I would ever trust kashi for my kids anyway, but I think the word peanut flour in the ingredient list is because of the cross contamination. Not that they actually put it in the recipe but that it may have peanut flour due to cross contact so they put it in for that reason.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 6:23am
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yes I agree I wouldn't give my child anything from Kashi.
And this is really an example of why cross contamination is both such a danger and so hard to avoid. For instance my son had been eating the same bakery bread for a couple of years before he was diag with Peanut / treenut allergy. Within a month of diag he had a reaction to this same bread. So a product might be safe 100 times but 101 - no way to know for sure.

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