Wink Frozen Desserts has opted to withdraw from the SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership Program.
Manufacturers that join our partnership disclose their processing of 11 allergens via our portal and commit to keeping their information up-to-date. In return they gain listings in the Safe Snack Guide and future publications for all their qualifying products.
As we no longer have an agreement in place with Wink, we have removed their products from the Guide.
Spring is in the air and that means Easter is just around the corner! Time for the Easter Edition of the Safe Snack Guide! This update has an entire page of peanut and tree nut-free Easter goodies, with many egg-free as well.
You’ll also find coupons and giveaways from Don’t Go Nuts, Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, Ian’s Natural Foods, WowButter, Sweet Alexis, and Allergic Solution!
Mainstream publications serving the food and beverage industry are beginning to turn their attention to the issue of food allergies. We noted a previous article describing our Manufacturer Partnership Program and Safe Snack Guide in Food Navigator-USA last month. This time, Gourmet News, a publication dedicated to the Gourmet industry, is highlighting the issue.
This month’s edition features two front page articles intended to provide coverage and raise awareness within the industry. We’re proud to announce that SnackSafely.com founder, Debra Bloom, features prominently in both.
The food allergy community was abuzz last week with the news that Mary Baxley, a paraprofessional at Holiday Hill Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida, received a 10-day suspension for bringing peanut butter cookies to celebrate a student’s birthday in a peanut-free classroom. But what should parents of children with food allergies learn from the incident?
We are pleased to announce a number of new additions to the Safe Snack Guide.
We have added a new category entitled ‘Frozen Entrees / Appetizers / Sides / Desserts‘ which will provide many new options to busy families that must also cope with food allergies.
SnackSafely.com’s Manufacturer Partnership Program was highlighted in an article by Food Navigator-USA, a publication that caters to decision makers in food and beverage development in North America. The article, entitled “SnackSafely.com closing the allergen contamination knowledge gap” details our program to partner directly with manufacturers to have them disclose information regarding the processing of 11 allergens during the manufacture of their products.
As of this writing, over 21 manufacturers have joined the program with more to be announced later this week. Joining the program is free to manufacturers, who agree to provide manufacturing data via our proprietary portal. In return, all their qualifying products earn a listing in the Safe Snack Guide, our list of snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs relied upon by thousands of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide.
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/disclosure.
Unilever, manufacturers of Breyers brand, employ the following process during a run:
- Plain flavors, such as vanilla and chocolate, are made in the first batches;
- Nuts and other add-ins are added to the same equipment in later batches;
- 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.
Please note that we have updated the contents of the Safe Snack Guide.
Ready for the Big Game? Just a quick reminder that it’s easy to accommodate your guests with special dietary considerations even if they root for the opposing team! The Safe Snack Guide has hundreds of ideas ranging from everyday pretzels and potato chips to all-natural, organic, non-GMO options… all peanut and tree nut-free, most egg-free!
And don’t forget to check the Coupons Page for money saving opportunities!
We have been inundated with requests for peanut/tree nut free conversation hearts, those little candy hearts with messages printed on them like “Be Mine” and “Love You” traditionally sold for Valentine’s Day. We have also had many inquiries why we do not include them in the Valentine’s Day section of the current Safe Snack Guide.
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