Safeway Grocery Stores have Nut Butter Station

Posted on: Wed, 06/06/2007 - 4:09am
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Hello,

I am fairly new here and more of a lurker than anything, but I am coming out of lurkdom to share this alert. I'm not sure if this has been posted yet, or even if I am posting this in the correct area. But I wanted to make sure the word got out about Safeway stores.

I was just at our Safeway grocery store that I have been shopping at for almost a year now. The store is being remodeled. Well, today I noticed something that sent me into disbelief and shock. A Nut Butter making station that is set up in the store! This means that basically they are processing nuts of all kinds right next to the canned goods and literally just steps away from the produce isle!

I tried to ask someone about when the station would be functioning and no one knew...nor did it seem like they cared.

I'm seriously appalled that ANY store would process nuts inside their store and right out in the open where people are shopping!

Today was the last day that I will shop at Safeway and I will be transferring our prescriptions from there as well. We can't take a risk of my son (who has a severe allergy to peanuts) will take an antibiotic and have a reaction for a particle floating around in the air.


I am also going to be contacting Safeway via phone and in a letter about the situation. And let me tell ya, they will miss us with the amount of business we give them from the pharmacy alone (my son is also an asthmatic).

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 2:55am
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I've never seen anything like that at any of the Safeway stores around here! I tend to be more flexible with my comfort zone than many, but this would be way outside of my comfort zone.
What amazes me, though, is that someone could be an assistant manager of a grocery store and NOT have more of an awareness of allergies! You'd think that would have entered into the discussions when they were planning the nut butter station--figuring out how many customers they stand to lose because of allergies versus how many they stand to gain with this froo-froo addition to their store. Although maybe that discussion happened on the corporate level and the assistant manager just does what she's told.
Sarah

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:10am
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Nearly [b]all[/b] of our local grocery stores have these.
While I don't like it, there is little I can do about it.
At least on the West coast, this is COMMON. (And has been for some time.)All our Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Win-Co stores have them, and a good number of the Alberston's and independent stores do as well.
I just shop at the store that positions the darned thing faaaaaar away from anything else that I buy. Locally, that's our Win Co.
I avoid stores that have these machines anywhere near produce.
But this is a huge reason why my daughter gets hives pretty much any time she goes to the grocery store with us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited June 08, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:23am
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Quote:Originally posted by Corvallis Mom:
[b]Nearly [b]all[/b] of our local grocery stores have these.
While I don't like it, there is little I can do about it.
At least on the West coast, this is COMMON. (And has been for some time.)All our Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Win-Co stores have them, and a good number of the Alberston's and independent stores do as well.
I just shop at the store that positions the darned thing faaaaaar away from anything else that I buy. Locally, that's our Win Co.
I avoid stores that have these machines anywhere near produce.
But this is a huge reason why my daughter gets hives pretty much any time she goes to the grocery store with us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited June 08, 2007).][/b]
I CANNOT believe that this is all over in your area!!!! Do people actually use these things?!?!
I plan to try to shop at Albertson's and I will have to watch for any kind of remodeling they are going to do there...UGH!

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:27am
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they are remodelling my Safeway right now! I haven't seen one of these stations before...are they like the coffee grinding stations?
Are people making nutbutters right in the store? How would they keep them from being blended with the nuts used in the last batch or do people not care?

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:31am
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I think I found a picture of one
[url="http://www.progressivegrocer.com/progressivegrocer/cp/foodexport/images/pdf/asom_oct06.pdf"]http://www.progressivegrocer.com/progressivegrocer/cp/foodexport/images/pdf/asom_oct06.pdf[/url]
it's a pretty store though...

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:39am
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We have them, too, at our nicer grocery stores--HEB & Central Market. They have the freshest produce, so it's where you want to shop, but for me, it's where I tend to have shellfish reactions from getting too close to their meat dept.
These machines are located not too far from the coffee in an area that's mostly surrounded by canned goods. It's not as though we buy a lot of canned goods, and the ones we do buy are not close.
Really, PA aside, I think it's a cool [i]idea [/i] that people can do this and control what goes into their food. But--a [i]cool idea[/i] doesn't make it a [i]cool reality [/i]for us.

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 4:09am
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I used to shop at Safeway exclusively until my son had his first reaction. Our local Safeway has had this lovely machine for years, along with open bins of peanuts right in the produce department.
Like you, I moved all of my Rx and have not stepped foot inside since. (Thank goodness we now have a Super Target - who needs anything else!)
The entire store is contaminated.
No wonder my son would always have a croupy cough as a toddler while sitting in the grocery cart! Didn't piece it together until 2 years later.
I HATE Safeway, and would rather grow my own food than shop there.

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 4:39am
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OMG...I was going to say, I have never seen anythign like that around here, thankfully...then I clicked on the link and it's in BOULDER CO!!!???? I am nearby, so I will check with my safeway(I shop there weekly) to see if they are considering this. I would need to reconsider my shopping choices if indeed they did install a nut-butter area. Yikes! I usually don't bother myself with nuts bins and such, we just steer clear, but I know if they are crushing up nuts into butters in the store, by son is going to smell that for sure....he HATES the smell of pb and it often causes a bit of anxiety. Not to mention he has had inhalation reactions....oh my! Thanks for posting!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 4:44am
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The newly remodeled Safeway where I shop does not have the nut butter machines. I've spoken to the managers and they hadn't heard of them - but expressed interest in finding out more. They seemed allergy aware. I'm printing out some of this info to give to them.
I told them that if my Safeway gets the nut butter gizmos that I will have no choice but to shop elsewhere.

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2007 - 4:57am
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Well, while I agree it is not safe for our children, long before PA dd, I used to make my own nutbutter at Whole Foods. Macadamia butter is too good for words. It's probably actually sinful.
Nowadays, I'd probably have a panic attack if I saw the same machine.
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Lori Jo,
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Noah, 7-29-05
Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

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