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Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Ben & Jerry's Sunflower butter based ice cream
« Last post by hezzier on Yesterday at 12:55:07 PM »
https://www.benjerry.com/flavors/non-dairy

I bought it for DD to try since she isn't eating dairy.  She has tried a couple of the oat milk ice creams by other companies and liked them.

Too bad it's probably not made on a dedicated line (didn't call to check, just assuming), then I'd probably let DS try it.
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Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Otto's Natural Cassava Flour- nut free
« Last post by hezzier on May 30, 2020, 08:01:39 AM »
https://www.ottosnaturals.com

This is the response I got from a facebook message...

"Hi there! We have switched packaging facilities for our cassava flour a few times but have always committed to never using lines that run any of the Top 8 allergens. Both our current facilities are nut-free "


So I guess i will be ordering some.
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Nestle Prepared Foods Company Recalls Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Alfredo Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Class I Recall
011-2020
Health Risk: High
May 28, 2020


Congressional and Public Affairs
Maribel Alonso 
(202) 720-9113
FSISpress@usda.gov

 
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2020 – Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a Jonesboro, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 29,002 pounds of chicken product labeled as Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Alfredo because the product contains undeclared soy, a known allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Alfredo is not supposed to contain chicken and chicken does not appear in the ingredients statement or on the label.[View Labels (PDF Only)] 
The frozen, Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Alfredo products were produced and packaged on April 22, 2020. The following products are subject to recall:
9 1/4-oz. retail carton containing “LEAN CUISINE favorites Fettuccini Alfredo tender pasta with a creamy cheese sauce” with a lot code “0113587812 A,” “0113587812 B,” “0113587812 C,” or “0113587812 D” and a date of “MAY 2021” on side of the label.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P27333” printed on the package next to the lot code. The products were distributed in shipping cartons labeled as Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo bearing the mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered when the firm received multiple consumer complaints that the product labeled as Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Alfredo contained chicken that is not referenced on the label or ingredients.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. 
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ pantries. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Nestle Prepared Foods Company here or (800) 993-8625. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Kate Shaw, Nestlé USA Corporate Communications, at kate.shaw@us.nestle.com. 
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Upon further reading of the CFIA article, it doesn’t sound like ingredient changes are part of it. They are now permitting Canadian made items with US labels to be on products for sale in Canada. All top allergens must still be declared. This is purely a labelling issue, not an ingredient issue by the sounds of it.
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Oh, for goodness sake... And they didn't make it publicly known, either.  Thanks for posting, that SL.  I'm going to share the link with all the allergy groups here.   :banghead:

I pretty much never eat in restaurants (except Disney and two other places), and stick to whole ingredients, but still. 
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I had reached out to CFIA asking about importing and basically got a canned response about how they are ensuring food made or imported into Canada meets essential food safety requirements, including for labelling.

I then sent this link, saying it doesn’t sound like they are. So far they have not responded.

https://www.inspection.gc.ca/covid-19/cfia-information-for-industry/foodservice-products-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/eng/1587075946413/1587075946772?fbclid=IwAR3GBJYiSVcMgoeICU_AeWZWWOcRVNqUaLyBgd9TKO5B945oMuAnUiaoeww

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has temporarily suspended some of its low-risk activities.

Low-risk CFIA activities are those that do not immediately impact the production of safe food for Canadians.

Effective immediately, the CFIA is providing flexibility for certain labelling requirements for foodservice packaged products that have no impact on food safety, as detailed below.

Foodservice products are those used by hotels, restaurants and institutions.

This will help to support the economy, alleviate supply disruptions in Canadian grocery stores, and avoid food waste.

I don’t eat in restaurants even without a pandemic. But for those that do, they need to know this.
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And as someone with potato and tapioca allergies, among others, substituting one of those for cornstarch could be deadly.  The list of reasons this is bad is far too long to list.

I am grateful Canada hasn’t done anything like this, but I have been cautioned by my doctor and allergist that products here could be made on different lines or shared lines with products they may not have been shared with previously, which could increase allergen risks.  (That was when I had unexplained hives, which were later explained, but it still applies.) It is a concern everywhere right now.
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I am really, really unhappy with this, especially as someone with allergies that aren't top-8 and is about to go live somewhere relatively far from a hospital and served by volunteer EMS.  (I'm not knocking volunteer EMS - my experience with this group is that they are very qualified, but they don't have an immediate dedicated response team.)

Since my most severe allergies are to fruits, DH and I have decided that we won't buy anything with any type of fruit juice/concentrate/puree. 

This is going to suck.  My allergies don't seem to have the "temporary flexibility" that food manufacturers are getting.
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Yes, and peanut oil and soy oil aren't considered part of the top-8 allergens, so they could be substituted in without warning.  However, blatant addition of top-8 allergens must be identified on the label, even under these new rules.

What concerns me most are people with allergens outside the top-8 that don't have to be declared in the first place, and so calling companies is the only way to verify ingredients, but all that research is now lost and they have to call each and every company again to verify each and every time, with lot numbers.  Many companies trusted by allergy families, like 88 Acres and Enjoy Life, are publicly declaring their labels will always be clear and always accurate, with no substitutions, despite FDA rules.

Then, how long will these substitutions be in place for, and how long will they sit in warehouses before they reach store shelves.  Will this be revised again after the pandemic.  Many, many questions.  It's a good reason to sick to basic whole foods and make everything from scratch, which is typically healthier anyway. 

It's definitely concerning.
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I saw this today due to a washington post article. We now have to question if the ingredients listed on the label are actually the ingredients being used? It seems crazy. The following passage from the FDA site stuck out:

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Substitution of certain oils may temporarily be appropriate without a label change, such as canola oil for sunflower oil, because they contain similar types of fats.



https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-announces-temporary-flexibility-policy-regarding-certain-labeling-requirements-foods-humans/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/27/fda-rolls-back-food-rules-5th-time-during-pandemic/

https://snacksafely.com/2020/05/the-fda-has-relaxed-labeling-requirements-under-covid-19-what-it-means-for-the-food-allergy-community/
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