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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Rob Cimaglia, who has a severe allergy to tree nuts, was shocked to discover that a package of granola bars he purchased at IGA had the no-nut symbol on the front, but contained almonds in the ingredient list.

"It's terrifying to think what could have happened had I not stopped and actually read the label," he said.

It turns out that the no peanut symbol simply means no peanuts, and tree nuts are a whole other matter. Rob wondered if he was the only one who was confused.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:47 pm 
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Good to remind people. One more reason not to leave the lable reading to others!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:26 pm 
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I'm somewhat surprised that a person with a severe nut allergy would assume that peanut free implied tree nut free. It is confusing though, and I do feel that it can be hazardous. However, with actual tree nuts labelled peanut free (some packages of Blue Diamond Almonds), it's good that there is a distinction...

Not sure what the answer is.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:50 pm 
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Becky, and he's a nurse as well! :frightened You'd think he would spend some time researching allergies!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:53 pm 
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Agree, I'm not that sympathetic to him.

He was really going to judge by a no-peanut symbol. :banghead

Some of us have worked many late hours for strong label rules in Canada.
Dude, learn to read labels!

One good reminder from this, though. If you have a nut-allergic child, do tell caregivers not to judge by symbols but rather always the list.

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