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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:49 pm 
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NOTICE FROM: PepsiCo Foods Canada


February 2009


IMPORTANT NOTICE: CHANGE TO QUAKER RICE CAKES FORMULAS AND INTRODUCTION OF ALLERGENS


Quaker rice cakes (Quaker Large Rice Cakes and Quaker Crispy Minis) available in Canada are now being made in a different production facility. As a result, there will be formula changes to some of the flavours and the introduction of allergens that were previously not found in Quaker rice cakes products in Canada. The affected products are beginning to appear on store shelves in Canada.


Quaker Large Rice Cakes and Quaker Crispy Minis are now being produced in facilities that contain allergens, including peanut, wheat, barley, sulphite, milk, soy and egg. Accordingly, ingredients listings will be changing, and precautionary labeling will be added to affected products, as follows:


QUAKER LARGE RICE CAKES


FLAVOUR
CURRENT FORMULA
NEW FORMULA

Plain

May Contain Peanut.

Caramel
Contains Milk, Soy and Sulphite Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Peanut.

Butter Toffee Cracker Jack
Contains Soy, Milk and Sulphite Ingredients.
Contains Soy, Milk, Barley and Sulphite Ingredients.

May Contain Peanut.

White Cheddar
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk, Soy and Egg Ingredients.

May Contain Peanut.

Butter
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Egg Ingredients.

May Contain Peanut.

Caramel Chocolate Chip
Contains Milk, Soy and Sulphite Ingredients.
Contains Milk, Soy and Sulphite Ingredients.

May Contain Peanut.

Tomato Basil
Contains Milk & Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Peanut.



QUAKER CRISPY MINIS


FLAVOUR
CURRENT FORMULA
NEW FORMULA

Ketchup
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Wheat, Egg and Peanut.

Sea Salt & Lime
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Wheat, Egg and Peanut.

BBQ
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Barley Ingredients.

May Contain Soy, Egg, Wheat and Peanut.

Salt & Vinegar
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Wheat, Egg and Peanut.

Cheddar Cheese
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Wheat, Egg and Peanut.

Caramel Kettle Corn
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Sulphites.

May Contain Wheat, Milk, Soy, Egg and Peanut.

Dill
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Wheat, Egg and Peanut.

Sour Cream & Onion

(formerly Sour Cream & Chives)
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk Ingredients.

May Contain Soy, Wheat, Egg and Peanut.

Butter
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients.

May Contain Wheat, Egg and Peanut.




Quaker Foods Canada reminds consumers of these important tips regarding the importance of carefully reading food ingredient labels:


Food-allergic individuals and those buying for them are encouraged to read food ingredient labels at least three times: once when purchasing the item; a second time when putting the item away; and a third time just prior to serving the item.

Take steps to improve your understanding of labeling regulations and their limitations. It should never be assumed that all sizes and flavours have identical allergen profiles, so check the label every time.

Products with a may contain warning could be problematic for individuals with life-threatening food allergies. If there is a precautionary warning, it is possible that the product contains traces of the allergen.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:28 pm 
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I was so disappointed to see this, I immediately sent off this note (I tried calling but they were closed)
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As a the parent of a child at risk of anaphylaxis to peanuts, I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in Quaker's decision to move the production of the Rice Cakes & Crispy Mini's to a facility with so many new allergen risks, primarily peanuts. I have been a huge fan of Quaker Oats and its products because of its allergy awareness and being a leader in producing products in a peanut free facility - you have taken many steps backwards with this latest move. Your products were ones that we faithfully bought weekly as it was a safe and nurtricious snack for all of our family and one that could be taken into school for lunches and snacks. We used these snacks for picnics, birthday parties, school parties, etc. I cannot express to you how disappointed i am . We will no longer be purchasers of any of your products as a result. I have discovered that President's Choice now makes a peanut free granola bar and they will now get all our business as my protest to this change in your production. I will be sharing this with our allergy community and encouraging them to do the same.
I hope others will do the same.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:08 pm 
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Great letter!

The existing rice cakes (sour cream and chives) on the shelf at the Superstore only say Contains Milk and Soy. I tried calling to confirm if the packaging has not been changed or if these are made in the old plant. Did anyone else get this information from Quaker??

We'll have a very difficult time in our home if Dare made this decision. We love them!!! :D

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