Plain M&Ms?

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 2:48am
KateDe's picture
Joined: 09/20/2006 - 09:00

Made in the same plant as peanut ones right?

My son has had them in the past with no problem but now I'm tightening the reign and being much more cautious. So are all M&Ms made in the same plant? Even minis?

Next week his school has a cookie decorating party. Mini M&Ms are on the list of things to bring to class. Should I ask the teacher not to give him these?

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 2:51am
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

you can use kissables, skittles, skippers (from vermont nut free). im sure the plain m&ms say MAY CONTAIN NUTS or something like that. my doctor lets her son with PA eat them and has never had him tested. not all of us are that way though. my son starts K in the fall and im writing on all the paperwork that he should only bring in food from home. im going to keep a stash of cupcakes at school and see if i can keep popcorn and popsicles too.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 3:06am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

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Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 3:57am
April in KC's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

KateDe, I'm pretty sure there are folks on this board who have reacted from plain M&Ms before. They're kind of notorious for that, actually. We used to use them, but no more. If I remember, they all have a strongly worded warning...not just traces, but that they might contain peanuts. You might try doing a search here and seeing what you find.
We trust Kissables.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 4:03am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Several years ago I knew another mom of a PA child. His well-intentioned uncle gave him six plain M&Ms. The boy spent several days in the hospital, and a month later was still not feeling well, as his asthma still had not gotten back under control following the reaction.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 4:33am
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

I've been PA for 35 years. When I was little, Plain M&M's listed peanut as an ingredient. They now say May Contain Peanuts on the package. I will never go near them - they smell like peanuts to me, also.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 5:05am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

I've heard somewhere (probably on this board) that depending on production, M&M's sometimes used the leftover chocolate from the peanut M&M's to make the plain M&M's, resulting in signficant peanut protein contamination. Not with every batch, so PA people won't always react, but the risk is high. They are definitely on our "avoid" list.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 5:27am
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

when ds was newly diagnosed and before I realized I should not be giving him may contains he reacted to plain M&M's .

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 5:37am
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

I had plain M&Ms once as a kid (so maybe around 25 years ago)--throat itchiness + vomiting immediately ensued(chocolate has always bothered my throat a bit too, but not that much.)

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 5:45am
KateDe's picture
Joined: 09/20/2006 - 09:00

I will bring in a bag of Skittles.
At the risk of sounding like an idiot (again) I often wonder about some foods and their labeling. I wonder if some companies are so afraid of lawsuits that they're just covering their asses by putting "may contain peanuts" on everything and this just does a disservice to food allergic people. I am not willing to gamble my son's health on that so I have become very cautious of items that say that they may contain peanuts. However, I'm a skeptical person and can't help but question things.
I'm just thinking out loud I guess but I was wondering what other allergic people or parents of allergic children think.
It's good to know that the M&M thing is an actual threat though. I feel vindicated in denying them to my son.
Again, I am sorry if my thinking seems irrational. I am really trying to navigate how to deal with his allergy. This board and everyones' advice has been invaluable.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 6:03am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

You[i]'re[/i] no fool at all!
C.Y.A. labelling [i]IS[/i] widespread... and irritating as all get out.
But some companies don't do it-- and Hershey's is one of the "good guys" that way. Live and learn-- that's all.
Just remember--
[i][b] The only stupid question is the one you DON'T ASK.[/b][/i]
ETA: Now, you may be no fool, but 'I no typist' either, that's for sure. [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited February 08, 2007).]


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