I\'m sick of not eating ice cream...

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 7:53am
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Okay...So I've finally had enough of this "no ice cream"" business. If Chapman's in Canada can use dedicated lines and check EVERY batch of their ice cream for nut traces, these greedy US companies can too. I would like to start bombarding these companies with letters, and perhaps they will start using dedicated lines, or at least start using the Veratox system, which identifies nut proteins. Is anyone with me. If we organize, I think we may be able to make a difference. How dare they ignore the estimated 3 million people (most of whom are children!)??? Who's with me??? I will do the leg work (getting to web and mailing addresses). I just need a commitment that we will get as many people (even friends and family who are not allergic) to write and let them know what we think. Alone we are nothing to them, but let's see what they do with a few thousand letters.

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 8:50am
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Good Luck, I have been after numerous food companies for years on this issue.
I continue to voice my feelings and agree with you that we must ban together in numbers to make a difference.
I continue to support companies that are allergy aware...Philly Swirl is our ice cream/frozen treat source and I promote them through use of their PTA and Rising Stars Programs...Philly Swirl has given so much to the peanut/nut allergic community and they continue to do so in many ways.
Once again, I thank Philly Swirl for staying nut free and allowing my family to have a safe treat to enjoy and share with everyone we know and meet. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 5:04pm
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I'll join you. I can't find a local store that carries philly swirl. We're using breyer's vanilla but it still makes me nervous.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 10:08pm
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I am sorry Yankee, but I live in the US and Chris eats Ice Cream all the time. In fact he has a dish at least every single night before bed. It has been his snack since he was little. We eat from many different places and never had a problem. Of course I have to read every package but he has never had an issue with Ice Cream
Yes there are some brands he can not have but yet he eats plenty. Cookie dough,cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, vanilla, and many more.
What places do you have to shop at around you? We buy from grocery and little convenient stores.
Good luck to you Claire

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 10:25pm
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Claire,
Some of us have less stringest comfy zones. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
DW eats any kind of ice cream she wants.
HOWEVER, and this is updated, she's more careful than usual, when eating from, say, and ice cream store (Brighams, Friendlys, etc...). Not like we TRAVEL for ice cream with a milk allergic child...
But shes more aware NOW than she ever was, given our own situation [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
But buying a 1/2 gallon (or pint of B&J's) usually is not a problem.
THOUGH, another however, if you will...
We buy a pint of B&J's 1/2 and 1/2 something or other... and she took one bite, and felt funny... She didnt eat the rest, nor have we bought that type again... We can assume is was x-contam, so...
Jason

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 11:08pm
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Jason, We have a very strict comfort zone and always have. We only get 1/2 Gallons of ice cream and would never eat at a friendly restaurant with all of the PB stuff they have.
Over here in New York we have a stewarts store and they have a very safe ice cream we buy.
Also I was not aware of the dairy issues you have. that is a tough one as well.
I do hope you didn't take my post as offensive because I certainly wasn't in any way trying to offend you! I was just saying that we are very fortunate to have some safe stuff for Chris to eat.
We have been dealing with this for 17 years so believe me I know what this is like.
Please do not think i have an unsafe zone because if anything we read, read and reread anything we buy.
We don't have any may contain in our home nor do my family members.
I wish you the best and maybe someday you will be able to find a safe ice cream.
May I just ask what kind of B&J ice cream you buy. Maybe we could find a good one.
Thank you and please I think I was just so excited that we have a safe ice cream that i was trying to share with you.
If your ever in NY look up Stewarts Ice Cream. Maybe you will have luck. take care Claire

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 11:19pm
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Me? take offense to ANYTHING? Nah [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Our DD#2 is MFA,m including milk... She eats soy ice cream, no problem.
All others in the house eat any ice cream we want, except obviously, those with nuts, directly, kwim?
The B&J we bought was something like 'twisted ____' it was 1/2 of one flavour, 1/2 of another, like 1/2 funky flavour, half another funky flavour (not just vanilla/chocolate, but like, say 1/2 cherry garcia or 1/2 XYZ' -- Its been so long since we bought it, I cant remember... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I was just commenting that my DW who's anaphylactic to peanuts, eats whatever type of ice cream she generally wants -- To her, they're all safe, kwim?
And as for my MFA daughter, she eats sundaes when WE eat sundaes, albeit a different ice cream, but a sundae to her, nonetheless [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Jason
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
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Posted on: Fri, 08/06/2004 - 7:08am
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If it is helpful at all, we have branched out a bit in the ice cream zone.
I use a few Breyers flavors, try to stick to simple flavors, and some Edy's. Edy's will allow you to put in certain allergens you want to avoid, I think, and then pulls up a list of flavors free of the allergen. It does not guarantee or say it is anything other than shared equipment, yet I have some faith in the fact they are providing allergen info some confidence on their site. So, I have decided to trust it until I have a reason not to. Dd has had *no* problems. She used to get a random hive from ice creams, and I have concluded it was egg ingredients(to which she is also allergic) and it was before we knew to avoid it cooked into things. It was not likely to be very cooked in an ice cream either! Maybe It was when I thought her only allergic to whites. I forget now. But, it is a challenge to find ice cream flavors free of both nuts and eggs in the brands we trust at times. becca

Posted on: Sun, 08/08/2004 - 11:03am
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I have been pn/tn allergic my entire life. I have never abstained from Ice Cream...I couldn't imagine it.
I love Breyer's Natural Vanilla. I like Philly Swirl when on vacation (they don't have it in MN). Locally, I eat Kemps, it is from Marigold Foods in Minnesota. I can have basically any flavor that doesn't have nuts in the ingredients. They flush their shared lines between runs and do full clean outs. They run simple flavors in the morning that do not contain nuts, like vanilla's, fruits, etc. and then start running non-nut containing other flavors (Caramel Brownie Fudge was an old favorite of mine), and then they start with the really hardcore stuff like Rocky Road, etc.
Hope this helps. Call some of the places around you to see.
Also, see the posts about Coldstone. I also eat McDonald's Cones and Shakes regularly. Wendy's has their chocolate shake too and thats pretty good.
I am anaphylactic to peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc. and have severe but non-anaphylactic reactions to Almonds.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 4:34am
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Quote:Originally posted by becca:
[b]If it is helpful at all, we have branched out a bit in the ice cream zone.
I use a few Breyers flavors, try to stick to simple flavors, and some Edy's. Edy's will allow you to put in certain allergens you want to avoid, I think, and then pulls up a list of flavors free of the allergen. It does not guarantee or say it is anything other than shared equipment, yet I have some faith in the fact they are providing allergen info some confidence on their site. So, I have decided to trust it until I have a reason not to. Dd has had *no* problems. She used to get a random hive from ice creams, and I have concluded it was egg ingredients(to which she is also allergic) and it was before we knew to avoid it cooked into things. It was not likely to be very cooked in an ice cream either! Maybe It was when I thought her only allergic to whites. I forget now. But, it is a challenge to find ice cream flavors free of both nuts and eggs in the brands we trust at times. becca[/b]
Becca I recently read here that some edy's brands contain peanut oil. The poster called edy's and they said they do not consider peanut oil to be an allergen since it is hot pressed and the protein is removed. So if you do an allergen search, it might appear that some are safe when they actually have peanut oil in them or they have been cross contaminated with ones that have the peanut oil in them. Just a heads up.
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Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 10:13am
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could everyone please list what you consider to be safe (that you use) & list the allergens that you are avoiding.
Thanks

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