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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:53 am 
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Hi all -

In the Fall 2006 issue of Allergic Living magazine, there was a letter to the editor regarding Fleishmann's margarine. The letter writer indicated that she had been given information that Fleishmann's margarine was not safe for those with a dairy allergy.

I realize that there was a recall in the past year because of dairy contamination, but that was an isolated incident caused by human error. This letter gave the impression that Fleishmann's margarine is not at all safe for dairy allergic individuals, and to be honest, I wanted to follow up to confirm that this was true, because that was not the impression that I had been given by the makers of the margarine, post-recall.

Here is the email I got from Cara Rosenbloom, RD, Senior Nutrition Specialist with Unilever Canada (posted with permission):

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Thanks for letting us know about the letter in Allergic Living magazine. I have been in touch with coordinators at our margarine plant in Rexdale, ON and have learned the following information about Fleischmann's:

Fleischmann's products contain no milk protein or milk derivatives.

The production lines and equipment are cleaned prior to running Fleischmann's products. A special changeover procedure is used when changing over from Fleischmann's to the next product. This special procedure involves double checking by the supervisor and recording it - and this changeover has been deemed to be a critical control point in Rexdale's HACCP (food safety) program. These changeover records are also verified by the site's HACCP coordinator on a weekly basis.

For more information about HACCP controls in food safety, visit: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fss ... ccpe.shtml

To ensure safety and quality, samples are taken at the beginning and end of each Fleischmann's run. These samples are sent to Guelph Food Technology Centre for milk protein analysis. Products are kept on HOLD pending these lab results.

Since instituting these testing measures, there has not been a positive test result for milk protein in Fleischmann's products.

I hope this information is helpful to you and the readers of Allergic Living. You may also want to share with your readers that beyond containing no milk protein, Fleischmann's margarine is a healthy choice because it is non-hydrogenated and has essential omega-3 fats.

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For anyone with further questions, Cara suggested that you contact Unilever at 1-800-565-7273. If you call that number you will be directed to the appropriate person -- there will always be a "Unilever dietitian" to talk to.

Cara also told me that Unilever is very aware that their product is a staple in the diet of many dairy-allergic people, and they take food allergies very seriously.

Hope this helps! It certainly made me feel better. :)

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: Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:42 pm 
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Karen, thank you *very much* for checking on this. Much as we love the taste of Earth Balance, the stuff does cost a fortune if you're using it every day. I feel reassured enough by this response to go back to using Fleishmann's. Much appreciated.

Lee

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:06 pm 
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Not a problem. I needed to find out for myself - both as a consumer and as someone who shares this product info with others.

I really didn't like being in that grey zone of being pretty sure that my info was correct but knowing that someone else had been given different info.

Anyway, I'm glad it's been helpful.

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: Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:59 am 
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I know you say "no porblem"' but I too say thank you! :)

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