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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:53 pm 

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:05 am
Posts: 668
Location: AB, Canada
We're going to be spending about 3 weeks in the US, we will have our trailer with us and will be camping (primarily).

We're so use to our safe brands, I'd like to know what to look for (or look out for!) while we travel.

Kid friendly staples for us are Dempsters bread, dare cookies, goldfish & christie crackers, yogourt tubes...Will I be able to find these easily?


DSs 12, 12, 14 all PA

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:21 am 

Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:45 pm
Posts: 816
Location: Vancouver, BC
I don't think I've ever seen Dempsters Bread down there. For bread, we will bring a loaf for the kids, or read all the ingredients looking for something that doesn't say may contain TN/PN. I can usually find something that will say 'may contain traces of milk, egg, soy', and I will consider this safe for TN/PN. Yes, it's a chance I'm taking, but we have the epipens and I'm OK with it.

Pepperidge Farms goldfish is a US company I think, but I would check to see if the facility/ingredients are the same as Canada - not sure.

Dare I think I have seen, but not as common. I've found the dairy brands are different but I think they have Yoplait and Danon.

I trust Kraft labelling - says here they will label for may contain for peanut if there's a risk. ... rgies.aspx

Also, here's Trader Joe's allergen policy: ... p#Allergen

Sorry, I'm not that helpful. Have a fun trip!

DD 2004 Allergy to peanuts, egg, sesame, and new: lentils and chick peas
DS 2006 Allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, kiwi fruit, eczema

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:19 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:26 pm
Posts: 538
We're visiting America this spring too and I have many of the same questions.

I've been told that Chipotle restaurants are safe for PN/TN/sesame and their website agrees. ... ation.aspx

King's Hawaiian (dinner rolls) is supposed to be safe for PN/TN as well, although I don't know if they are available everywhere.

When we stay in hotels or predetermined locations in America we pre-order Divvies cookies to be delivered to us whilst on vacation as a fun treat.

Enjoy Life seems to be readily available in most places, at least in health foods stores, if not regular stores too.

Surf Sweets (gummies) are top-10 free, although I'm not sure how readily available they are. I've only seen them in health food stores at home.

As for other brands, I would call manufacturers, much like at home.

As you have a trailer, stock up on some of the treats your kids enjoy and bring them with you. Not fruits, vegetables, or dairy, as there are too many restrictions on those when crossing the border, but Dare bear paws and Goldfish crackers should be fine.

anaphylaxis to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, sorghum; asthmatic, dairy intolerant, vegan
other family members allergic to to dairy, egg, peanut, peach, sesame, environmentals

PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:49 pm 

Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:40 am
Posts: 432
Location: Alberta, Canada
I have eaten at Chipotle a few times and felt safe eating there. I always pack snacks to bring along. Even if I find some there I always know I have handy safe snacks.

Me-Allergic to Peanut, Tree Nut, Coconut, Shellfish, ASA and Asthma
My Husband and Children No Allergies

PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:05 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
I haven't been to the US in a few years so I don't feel comfortable offering brand suggestions. I would suggest that you put a message on Allergic Living's Facebook page. We have a mainly US audience there and I'm sure you'd get some ideas!
What I did that last time I travelled was:
1. Find the zip code he place where I planned on staying.
2. Use Google to locate grocery stores in the area.
3. Search online for store flyers to determine brands which were currently sold there.
4 Contact those companies and see if their product was safe for our dietary restrictions and determine what their allergy policy/awareness was.

It's a little backwards, but it narrows down the field to those products which I can reasonably expect to find.

Enjoy your trip! :swing

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:47 pm 

Joined: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:00 am
Posts: 1119
It is interesting that they don't seem to have as many peanut free prodcuts as we do.

For frozen treat: PhillySwirl :banana

We were pleased a few years ago with the information from SaraLee and their many companies (Jimmy Dean etc).

me: allergic to crustaceans plus environmental
teenager: allergic to hazelnuts, some other foods and environmental

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