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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:03 am 
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On another forum I just heard about a new website called www.foodfacts.com .

The site lists the ingredients of thousands of commercial foods. If you become a member ($29.95/yr - U.S. dollars I assume) you can list allergens or other foods you're trying to avoid. When you call up ingredient lists, those on your personal list are flagged in red. It's also supposed to flag anything that may be a problem in terms of facility, etc.

Given that this is a U.S. site, I have sent them an email asking if their database indicates where the products are manufactured. For example, here in Canada some forms of Nestle Smarties and a few of their other chocolates are guaranteed to be peanut and nut free. I'm pretty sure Smarties don't have that guarantee in the U.S. (And that's just one example.)

As the original poster indicated, it seems like a very useful site in general terms, giving you a good idea of what's in the food if you don't have the ingredients list right in front of you. Obviously there would still be things you would want to call personally about, but certainly makes it easier to get an idea of the food ingredients.

I will post again when I get a reply.

K.

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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:30 am 
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I find their ingredient glossary helpful and yo don't have to subscribe to view it.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:05 am 
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*very* useful site--am bookmarking this one!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:20 am 
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Here's the answer I got to my reply about whether they indicate where a product is made. Sounds like they're really only focussed on peanuts and nuts, but at least it's a start..
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Thank you for your inquiry.

No we do not say where it is made.

We do have an allergy notice to our customers when they set up their profile.

We have 58 peanut related ingredients and will notify you if any foods contain those items.

Also as we put new foods in our data base we will email you with the products of items with any of the 58 ingredients.

Our tree nuts have over 135 ingredients.

We are always looking to improve our data.

And I will see if we can separate where it is made.

Thanking you again

Stan Rak
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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:35 pm 
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Well, that's discouraging. I thought that they would just say that the "US" is the default location . . . that is what I would have assumed. If they are including products from a variety of countries their info. could be wrong. Still, a very useful site to find out the components of 'mystery' ingredients.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:15 pm 
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Given that this is a U.S.-based website, I suspect that they will be targeting products from the U.S. But I guess one should never assume...!

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:29 pm 
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Thanks great site
I just sign up I have to avoid Gluten, it was really easy I just ck on Gluten
and over 600 ingredients show up for me to avoid
what a help
For 29.95 a year I learn more about ingredients I should avoid
Then the hundred of dollars I spent elsewhere

Joan


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