PSA : Nut Allergy Warnings on Holiday Candy Packaging


Getting through the holidays with a nut allergy can be daunting. This afternoon I took a trip up to our local Target with my daughter, my 6 year old with a nut allergy was at school, we saw that the Valentine’s Day candy was out and decided to stop by and pick up some treats for the kids.

I’ve been living with my child’s nut allergy for the last 5 years, so this post is being prefaced with the knowledge that I do understand and know how to read labels. I check labels on everything I purchase.

This is my warning to parents who are purchasing holiday candy for their nut allergy children.

read. every. single. label!

I don’t care if it’s made from a brand that you trust with your life. Check every label.

PSA : Nut Allergy Warnings on Holiday Candy Packaging

I strolled by the Brachs Heartlines Tiny Conversation Hearts, there was a pile of about 25-30 bags laying there. I picked up a bag and looked at the back, the candy was made in Argentina with no warnings of being manufactured in a plant with nuts.

I picked up another bag. SAME EXACT PACKAGING sitting in the same exact pile. Same product, same packaging colors, everything looked the same.

Yet the second bag was manufactured in Canada and did contain a warning of being manufactured in a plant with peanuts and tree nuts.

I understand that companies mass produce candy around the holiday time and majority of the time, most candy is NOT safe because they pick a few plants and produce everything there.

But there are candies out there that are safe for peanut and tree nut allergies.

Brach’s is a big enough brand that I would surely expect them to at least have different packaging when choosing to manufacture the same exact product in two different plants. One safe and one that is not. I hope after this warning they will consider doing so. Even a color change in packaging would give a parent an initial reaction to check the labels more closely.

All it would take is one parent to pick up a safe bag of Brachs Heartlines Tiny Conversation Hearts candy and assume that the rest of the pile, in the same exact packaging, it safe as well. That parent bring the bags home, mix them all together in a bowl, offer it to friends who are visiting “Sure they are safe! Look at the package” and you could have a life threatening situation in your hands.

So my PSA from this article is this. Please take the time to check every single label, every day food and candy. Specially holiday candy! One bag may be safe and the next might not.


6 thoughts on “PSA : Nut Allergy Warnings on Holiday Candy Packaging

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  • January 23, 2014 at 11:58 am
    Thankfully I do not have a child with allergies, but I was absolutely horrified by this post. That is so scary to think that this is even possible. Reply
    • October 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm
      Unfortunately, I am a twelve year old girl with severe allergic reactions to both peanuts and tree nuts. I carry an EPI pen around with me wherever I go. Halloween is tomorrow, and I asked my mother to specially go to hanafords to pick me up some of my favorite treat- candy corn. This WAS the only store that had peanut free candy corn, the brand being Zachary. Mom came back empty handed , as Zachary had changed their processing. I was really hoping for the candy corn, because, halloween being the next day, it was my last chance for the one sweet thing I craved. I've checked every other brand, such as, market basket, brach, ect. SO disappointed! :( Reply
  • January 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    I would never dreamed that Conversation Hearts would be an issue. That is crazy! Thanks for the reminder for everyone. Reply
  • January 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm
    I always thought that these warnings about being manufactured in a facility that also contains nut was voluntary? This is not a law is it? I don't trust any of them! Unless they state that they are a nut free facility. Reply
  • January 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    Oops! I just commented on your google +, so let me add here too about what we experienced during Christmas. We found the brand we normally buy in a special candy cane shaped hanger/package with a warning label. So, when I called the company, they explained that the candy was produced nut and dairy free, but then shipped to a special facility that packaged the holiday themed items. This facility was not safe. Moral of the story, like you mentioned, beware of labels in addition to specialized packaging. Reply

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