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Author Topic: Trader Joe's  (Read 3932 times)

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Offline GoingNuts

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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2012, 06:22:04 AM »
Nobody in my house likes the quinoa except for me - so I guess I don't have to share.

The Israeli couscous read safe, and customer service confirmed it.  I wonder if they have different facilities based on geography?  Or maybe they have switched suppliers?  Or maybe they are incompetent and it really isn't safe?  Now I'm afraid to use it.  :disappointed:
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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2012, 08:13:35 AM »
I will check it again.  I may be over there this week. 
dd with peanut, tree nut and egg allergy(can do some baked items)

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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2012, 05:45:16 PM »
I was at Trader Joe's today, and saw the salmon patties they'd listed in their mailing this week. There were no eggs listed in the ingredients, but no information about cross-contamination at all, so I asked the store manager if he knew what the x-contamination warnings might be, and he looked them up. He said, in the same breath, "They should be safe, though they are produced on equipment shared with eggs". He then said, "I think this is a USDA-inspected facility", I pointed out that the box said they were produced in Thailand, and he said, "No, it's not, but because of the way they're processed, we don't think cross-contamination is an issue." That was about all I got in terms of an explanation. It was a bummer, because DD loves salmon, and these looked like a quick fix on a busy night, but we're not risking it.

I wish they'd just label shared lines, too.
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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012, 03:32:24 PM »
Eggallergymom, that's the kind of nonsense that makes me see 10 shades of red.  >:(
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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2012, 05:44:49 PM »
I've had good luck with TJs. I have to say though...DH brought home lamb vindaloo for my son to try. That makes me really, really nervous. All those lovely chick peas floating around in other dishes on the same line, I'm sure.

He did find milk-free cinnamon rolls there that we tried this weekend without incident. They weren't all that great, but it's nice to have an option.
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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2013, 09:37:13 PM »
Does anyone know where we are in regards to Trader Joe's labeling?  Has anyone called recently to get the scoop?



I caved and bought a couple items that I told DS that I would need to call on before he tried them.  The pretzels he's had before say "made in a facility that processes milk and peanuts", they have always said this (I will not call on this item).

Next item is a Dark Chocolate Honey Mint: "May contain traces of milk"

3rd item is Charmingly Chew Chocolate Chip Cookies:  "Contains wheat, soy, egg"
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DD (16 yrs) cat, wasps and yellow jackets

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Offline Ra3chel

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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2013, 12:36:12 AM »
At this point, I'll buy things there that label for shared lines or possible xcontamination *with foods I'm not allergic to.* Iffy about trusting anything else.

eggallergymom, if it makes you feel any better, the salmon patties are AWFUL. One of the only things I've ever bought at TJ's and thrown away after trying.
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Offline tigerlily

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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2013, 11:25:16 AM »
TJ's Quinoa I emailed a few months ago--no x-contamin with PN/TN/SFA.

I have similar shopping practice as Ra3chel--will buy if not shared or "may contains" with DS's allergens.

Seems like 1/3 of products have "may contain" statements, 1/3 have CYA with safe manufacturing practices to minimize statements, and 1/3 have nothing (and then with emailing is xcontaminated or safe).

We have a few new foods when the TJ's opened up last year, but the emailing on multiple products certainly dampens our shopping experience. Have found a naan, organic bread, and a few other items.

A few items I thought were scarily not labeled--a jerky that would have been good for camping (avoiding the whole GORP/trail food items) but there was a salmon jerky that made me leery. Yup, same lines.
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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2013, 12:09:35 PM »
We use a few staples that we've been using for a LONG time-- sunbutter, Mediterranean flatbread, Morello cherries, Lavash... and a couple of candies (jelly penguins, and something I'm not remembering at the moment);
but we're not dealing with sesame, and DD's egg tolerance is much higher than it used to be.

We did get burned with shelf-stable soup a couple of years back which was on shared lines with treenuts (cashew in particular), and DD started having problems with the chocolate soy milk, too-- though they swore that it wasn't on shared lines.



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Re: Trader Joe's
« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2013, 07:19:28 PM »
I used to be able to get a manager to call a dietician and get the details on pumpkin seeds.  I asked one last time I was in there and she refused!  Said, "if it were on shared lines it would be on the package."  They used to be solicitous about the calling, I had not asked, they offered!  This woman had no inteerest in helping me. 
dd with peanut, tree nut and egg allergy(can do some baked items)