Update to Safe Snack Guide: February 18, 2014

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Please note that we are removing the listings for products from three ice cream manufacturers from the Safe Snack Guide:

  • Breyers – removed due to changes in manufacture, labeling, or disclosure.

    Unilever, manufacturers of Breyers brand, employ the following process during a run:

    1. Plain flavors, such as vanilla and chocolate, are made in the first batches;
    2. Nuts and other add-ins are added to the same equipment in later batches;
    3. All equipment is washed down between runs, and the process repeats.

    As the firm employs no testing between runs to ensure that allergen residue has been removed, we are removing it from the Guide.

  • Turkey Hill – removed due to changes in manufacture/labeling/disclosure.

    Turkey Hill brand also manufactures their ice cream on the same line with nuts, but their process differs from Breyers:

    1. Plain flavors are made in the first batches;
    2. Nuts and other add-ins are mixed in later batches farther along the manufacturing line, i.e. the allergens are not processed in the same equipment as that which produces the plain ice cream. As such, the potential for cross-contamination is limited to the packing and hardening equipment;
    3. All equipment is washed down between runs, and the process repeats.

    As the firm employs no testing between runs to ensure that allergen cross-contamination has not occurred, we are removing it from the Guide.

  • Dolly Madison – removed as products are not widely available.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Is anyone else frustrated about the limited options for ice cream and Popsicles. I can’t find 80% of the popsicles on he safe list and now that Breyer’s has been removed, we have NO ice cream options. HELP!!!

    • Not sure you want to invest in your own little ice cream maker, but I have one and they are incredibly simple to use and the ice cream is fantastic. I got a Cuisinart, ICE-30BC Series, on Amazon. Not expensive, and thee are other lower-priced brands. Don’t get one that requires salt! Just pop the canister into the freezer and no rock salt is ever needed. DO hand-wash, then DRY TOTALLY when putting away to prevent any possibility of rust. Just keep the main tub in the freezer a couple of days (mine is there all the time) and don’t remove it until you are ready to pour mixture into it. Plug in,it starts mixing, and ice cream is ready in half an hour. I made chocolate flavor last week with no eggs, although their booklet also provides recipes using egg. So good!
      RICH, DARK CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM:
      (can substitute part whole milk instead of cream but will not be quite as creamy. Be SURE if substituting, to use same amount of total liquid.
      2 Cups Heavy Cream
      2 Cups Half-and-Half (or whole milk)
      TINY pinch Salt
      1 tsp. Vanilla Flavoring
      1 Cup White sugar
      3/4-1 Cup Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey’s)
      Beat all slowly with whisk until sugar and cocoa are dissolved. Take frozen canister out of freezer, quickly pour mixture into it, set turner-blade in place, put on lid and plug in. It does the rest! Can add crushed Oreos, chocolate chips, etc. last 5 minutes of freezing. So good! It is worth the investment in a good ice cream maker and you will always have SAFE, varied flavors of your choice on hand. Quick & easy,but as usual, read your brief booklet “How-To” first!!

      • I have found that I can use half the amount of sugar without changing the texture or compromising the taste. In addition to being safe for our allergy people there are none of the chemicals or additives that are in all commercial treats and ice cream.

  2. I agree it’s frustrating. Philly swirl is a nut free facility. They have several varieties and options of popsicles. Unfortunately my son can’t eat anything with dye in it so our frozen treat choices are very limited.

  3. I NEVER trusted ice cream with “we clean between runs”. A mom in a anaphylaxis support group I belong to told of eating some “considered safe” ice cream she usually gave to her peanut allergic son and finding something funny in it… pulled it out of her mouth and it was a piece of Reese’s PB cup! If her son had eating that batch, he would have reacted. I’m sorry, Nuts, Peanuts and PB stuff is just so sticky… I never believed for a minute you could get it out of every nook and cranny in the machinery to render it safe. I’m glad you pulled them!

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