Thursday, February 23, 2006

Another Food Allergy Post

More about The Clown – poor Ronald has found himself in a quandary after announcing there are wheat and dairy derivatives on their fries. It looks like three parties have sued The Clown over the announcement. To fight these suits it’s become priority number 1 to get a scientist to test the foods to prove there are not allergens present…and the scientist found no allergens present. So which is it Ronald? This blog I found seems to have a pretty good report on the most recent news.

The Case of the Disappearing Pizza – tonight was a pizza night, and we hired Pizza Hut. While I was putting my pizza together on their website I decided to check for new food label information. I was handsomely rewarded. They are now admitting to egg in the pizza sauce, and acknowledge that peanuts and tree nuts can possibly exist in products manufactured for them. It seems pretty obvious that this is a CYA claim along the lines of, “if we say everything has everything in it then we can’t be breaking the law.” Come on Pizza Hut, do the work, find out for sure. It might be worth a customer or two. I enjoy this statement the most, "Please check with the store manager." If you only knew what I knew about what store managers know about food allergies!

So I jumped over to our other pizza of choice, Papa John’s. Their site has the same statements as it always has. Well good! At least we still have the Papa…or do we? There’s a voice in my head telling me it’s more likely their legal department just hasn’t fully grasped what the new food labeling laws mean.

The saga continues...

1 comment:

todd said...

"May have"

The only thing I can say about that is many times these places buy their supplies from several different vendors. And the vendors may vary by region. So it's really hard for them to know for sure whether the flour they bought for the midwest region in January from vendor A who processed it in plant #32 also processes peanuts in that plant, whereas the west coast stores in Feburary got it from vendor B who has only one plant that processes nothing but wheat.

The more complex the product, the less certain they can be about it. That said, they should know exactly what's in it. But this stuff about "processed in the same facilities where peanuts and soy (or whatever) is processed" is a harder thing to know for certain.