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Nutrition

 

Question:

What is your allergen policy?

Answer:

We understand and share the concerns expressed by consumers who are affected by food allergies. Our Company has been one of the leaders in the food industry in devising manufacturing processes to reduce the risk of allergens from contaminating allergen-free products. We have worked extensively with allergy organizations, such as The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and research groups, to communicate allergen information and keep updated on allergen issues.

Peanuts, tree nuts, egg, cow's milk, wheat, soybean, fish, and shellfish account for 90% of food allergies in the US. These allergen ingredients are required to be labeled on food products when they are present as an ingredient. On our products the side panel provides an allergy box which is located below the ingredient statement. The allergen box clearly states the top 8 allergens contained inside each package. We encourage consumers with food allergies to check the ingredient statement on each package for the most current ingredient information because product formulations can change at anytime.

If the allergen in concern is not listed below the ingredient statement, we are confident that the product is safe for consumption. Please trust the labeling.

We do use a may contain statement for peanuts and tree nuts when the product is produced on a line that shares equipment with another product that does contain peanuts or tree nuts. Scientific evidence has shown that consumers with peanut and tree nut allergies can have a severe reaction to amounts that are below the current detectable limits based on existing technology. For this reason, we have chosen to warn consumers allergic to peanuts and tree nuts of the potential for extremely low levels by using a may contain statement. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between processes and we follow Good Manufacturing Practices in all of our facilities.

Beyond the top eight allergens, all ingredients are declared within the ingredient statement. If you are concerned about a specific ingredient, please review the ingredient statement to determine if it is part of the product formulation.