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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:36 pm 
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Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Hi all -

We have found a baguette bread (made in Quebec) by a company called Maison Cousin that is free of peanuts, nuts, dairy and egg. The one we saw at our local smokehouse (fish, not cigarettes) was a whole wheat baguette. Bar code 64342 00502.

Web site: http://www.maison-cousin.com

I called them and spoke with their quality assurance person, who told me
a) if it's not in the list of ingredients, it's not in the product (good news)
b) if there is a risk of cross-contamination, that will be indicated by a "may contain" warning (also good news)

Not all bread is free of the allergens I mentioned, as they have more than one facility. But I like their allergen labelling policy.

However... there is a catch: their bread is 80% baked, and then shipped to other stores, who then complete the baking and sell the bread. So you have to know if the store that is selling the bread poses a risk regarding cross contamination. For example, do they bake goods containing P/N/D/E in their ovens?

And I wonder if the stores who sell this bread once they've baked it are aware that it would behoove them to add statements regarding cross-contamination (if such is the case)?

The smokehouse that we were at also bakes pre-baked bagels in their ovens, and (a few phone calls later) I have found that those bagels contain egg. So now my DH and I have to decide if we are comfortable with giving my youngest pre-baked bread that has been "finished off" in an oven that has also baked bagels that contain eggs. (Got that?)

Anyway, I asked the QA person if we could buy the bread directly from them and she said most likely - but it comes in cases of 30... Perhaps I will see if others in my support group are interested.

What a crazy ride, trying to find out if one loaf of bread is safe for my kidlet!!! :lol:

K.

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Karen, proud Mom of
- 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: Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:24 pm 
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Location: Montreal
You can find the Cousin bread by the baguette in some groceries stores and bake it at home... Look in the freezer section. Costco used to have it, and you didn't have to buy 30.

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8yo daughter - peanuts, nuts, mustard, eggs, sunflowers (new! ), oral allergy syndrome
husband - pollen of all kinds
me - seafood,, oral allergy syndrome


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