cream cheese

Posted on: Wed, 12/08/2004 - 12:51pm
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I need a safe cream cheese for pa . In the U.S Could you please tell me what you consider safe to use? thanks, Kathy Ann

Posted on: Wed, 12/08/2004 - 5:23pm
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Hi kathy, we use philadelphia brand by Kraft and also the Safeway brand Lucerne.
Shelley

Posted on: Wed, 12/08/2004 - 6:41pm
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KATHYANN, I'm Canadian, so not the answer you want. I use Lactantia. I used to use Philadelphia Cream Cheese (owned by Kraft). When I was a new member here, there were what I thought a LOT of threads re cream cheese and I couldn't figure out why.
I knew Kraft labeled well. But the cream cheese question would continue to come up. What I eventually found out, and it was at that time, so probably four years ago, was that Kraft Peanut Butter was made in the same facility as the Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Different floor, thus no warning. But just something, because I had Lactantia to choose from, that I decided to change.
If you don't get a lot of answers for some reason, you may want to do a search using cream cheese and although the information may be old, it might still be helpful.
Do you have Lactantia in America?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 12/09/2004 - 1:55pm
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I use Philly Cream cheese by Kraft all the time. My dd has never had a problem with it.
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Posted on: Fri, 12/10/2004 - 4:29am
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I called about philly cream cheese about a year or so ago and they told me not to use it because they run nut flavors on the same lines. I'm not sure about peanut though.
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Posted on: Fri, 12/10/2004 - 4:31am
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If you can find Horizon, I think they are safe. I can't find any of it around here but have to admit I haven't looked hard. I usually strain nonfat yogurt for a few days and substitute that for cream cheese.
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Posted on: Fri, 12/10/2004 - 11:30am
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I still prefer homemade. It's so easy to do, and the taste is divine.
And virtually no risk of cross-contamination. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/28/2004 - 10:01pm
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Hello,
I notice the question about cream cheese. I used to work for kraft cream cheese division. What i can tell you is this the 8oz brick, which most people use for making cheese cake is safe. The do produce honey nut softbody flavors on a different line in the same production plant. As far as i remember there is no peanut in the flavors. I could try to look into it a little more by calling that head of the quality dept. For those of you that like softbody flavor be carefull if you are tna, this line does produce nut products, I can not remember the procedure the have in place for cleaning the line inbetween different product. I do know that the line also produce the strawberry, pineapple,garden veg, and plain soft all on one line. I am not sure if i should post this, untill after i talk with them but i just wanted to give a warning about what i know.

Posted on: Wed, 12/29/2004 - 1:34am
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Sare445 - Thank you for posting about your Kraft experience regarding the honey nut cream cheese sharing lines with regular kraft cream cheeses in the tubs.
This 'real life' information is so needed on these forums. And as a consumer, I want this information yet Kraft doesn't seem to think it is important enough to put it on the label, nor will the customer reps take the time to explain what else is run on similar lines of production.
Only speaking for myself here, but I don't buy products that combo the manufacturing lines with nut products, and it doesn't matter how many times they break down the equipment to wash it - or how many times so and so ate it safely - it is a risk I don't entertain for products I purchase.
Doesn't bother me one smidge that kraft peanut butter is made in the same building behind brick walls - the risk is minimized I firmly believe, but......that's just my own level of caution.
I am concerned when nuts or peanuts share similar production lines to regular nut free products. Hazarding a guess, it's not just me who feels this way.
Can you tell us about more products that were manufactured at the factory you worked at on shared lines?
Kraft makes things that involve different levels of caution depending on different peoples caution level with respect to their peanut and nut allergy, and I want to know what else is made on shared lines, and Kraft doesn't label the way other companies do to let us know this information.
Can you let us in on your 'insiders' take of certain products at the plant you worked at, and what 'nutty' things head down the same line?
I really really really hope you stick around the boards.

Posted on: Wed, 12/29/2004 - 5:08am
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I can tell you what i know which isn't much anymore. I moved from the area and no longer work for kraft. In order to get better information i am going to have to call the quality manager to find out more information. The plant i work at only produced cream cheese. I do know peanuts were not in the facility at all. While i was working there the removed it from all vending machines and their are strict rules in place about washing of hand and sanaitation. The line i was talking about usally produce the flavor varities of soft cream cheese. They were strawberry, pineapple, graden veg, blueberry, honeynut, salmon and plain.They may have added more since i left. For the most part I personally wouldn't use any of their soft cream cheese to include the 1oz cups.Do to HNA, though my son is only PA,better safe than sorry. They do on occassion make Honey nut(pecans) on it.Though i do trust the 8oz brick, the cook and make it in an entirely different area and it is a processed differently. The packing line are not even remotely close to each other. I am really not sure if i am allowed to be putting all this information about this on here, but like you said if they labled correctly it wouldn't be a problem. I will look into a couple sources i have there to see what else i can find out, I know direct number to call and see if maybe i can get ahold of someone to see it this can get changed. It might help, but I also know it might take sometime before it will do any good. I'll keep you informed of anything I find out.

Posted on: Wed, 12/29/2004 - 6:50am
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Sare445 - I appreciate you going out of your way to help out and find out. Kraft makes so many things and if you had not posted about the honey nut being run down the same line as the regular tub cream cheese, some family out there may have ended up being on the wrong side of the 'may contain' table. I'm not sure I've ever seen a "may contain" label on a kraft product. This itches on my zone of caution when using their products. Any help is so great. Is there any product I can source out for you from the manufacturing end while you're finding out about Kraft for us? I don't mind calling and writing manufacturers. My new best friend seems to be the girl in customer service from Club House/McCormick.
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