Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is PC Really Allergy Friendly?

Every mid August and into early September, more nut free products are promoted in Canada, under back to school sales. These products are marketed as back to school items, not marketed for the nut allergic, though the nut allergic are consumers of these products, it is the parents sending their students to nut free schools in Canada, that make up the vast percentage of sales.

Many nut free Americans seek to order on line nut free products from Canada, most on line allergy grocers also have nut free items as well.

What difference does this make you may ask? In Canada nut free "only" dominates the market by far, not only due to the number of nut allergic families, but the number of nut free schools. (that I support) I am all for nut free products, as well as other "free from" foods.

If Presidents Choice truly wanted to be allergy friendly they would never have made rice milk on the same line as cows milk, while simultaneously expanding their nut free factories. Granted this was sometime ago and I am not aware if this is still the case.

A few years ago President's Choice made Firelogs Made from Tree Nuts, this is not nut allergic aware, the product is no longer being sold, and we don't know if it will return. How strange that a company that makes nut free products, also makes non food items made from nuts. Their are other companies that make firelogs made from treenuts, but I don't know of any others that also make nut free products.

The newest non food item made from nuts made by President's Choice:

PC Baby Wipes PC Sensitive Baby Wipes
"Ingredients Water, glycerine, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, polysorbate 80, sorbitan oleate, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid."
Thanks The Allergy Mom for telling us about this on your Facebook Page

I support Nut Free Products, nut free schools, as well as products that are free from multiple food allergens. Can the nut allergic feel good about a company that makes nut free back to school products, that are not so aware of other allergens, and also makes non food items made from nuts? See also my Chemurgy and Allergens Blog for more non food items made from allergens.

1 comment:

Jennifer B said...

Really interesting post! I did not know that about PC. It's food for thought!