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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:50 pm 
Hi everyone,

In Canada (or at least, where I have been) we don't have Nestle Toll House chocolate chips. I have a dairy allergy and celiac disease so I buy Enjoy Life ones - but can only get them 45 minutes away so I just stock up when I go.

I was at Costco the other day and they had Nestle Toll House ones, which I've never seen in Canada. They are semi-sweet and they don't list dairy, not even as a "may contain".

I emailed them and this is what they wrote:

"Dear Ms. ....

Thank you for contacting us recently about TollHouse Morsels. We value your feedback and appreciate the time you took to share your comments with us.

Nestle ALWAYS encourages consumers to read the packaging because ingredients do change and what is on the package is always accurate.

If a priority food allergen is not mentioned on the ingredients list or in the warning label on the product package then you can be assured it is not in the product.

Nestle Canada is committed to the safety and well being of our consumers; including those with food allergies. We work closely with experts in the field of allergy, such as Anaphlaxis Canada, and regularly seek their guidance on our initiatives. The most important message for us to provide consumers is to encourage them to read the ingredients label every time before consuming any product. We are advised by experts that the first place an allergic consumer should go to is the ingredient list on every one of our packages and that this is the most important source of allergy information about the contents of the product.

Health Canada Requirements:
In Canada, there are nine (9) priority food allergens that must be labelled on all packaging. These are peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts (filberts), macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts), sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish (including crustaceans (e.g. crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp) and shellfish (e.g. clams, mussels, oysters, scallops), soy, wheat and sulphites (regulated food additives used as preservatives). These priority allergens have been shown to account for more than 90% of severe adverse reactions related to food allergens and must be declared when they are added to pre-packaged foods.

At Nestle we make all possible efforts to eliminate the potential of cross-contact of priority food allergens on our processing lines and in our factories.
Some of our factories may handle products containing priority food allergens but through comprehensive management programs consumers can be assured that our products do not contain any "undeclared" priority allergens. In circumstances where more than one product is processed on the same equipment and the equipment design makes it impossible to 100% guarantee the removal of all traces of these allergens after cleaning, we will use precautionary labeling warning consumers of the possibility of cross contamination. This warning label will define which priority food allergen the product may have come in contact with.

Thank you, once again, for contacting us. If we can be of any further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-800-387-4636, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Yours Truly,

Consumer Care Specialist
Ref: N15420045

So does this mean that they are okay since they don't list anything? Does anyone with a dairy issue consume these?

Thanks for your input.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:11 pm 

Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:06 pm
Posts: 217
Location: Terrebonne, Quebec
Never seen these at our costco, but I will keep my eyes open for sure! In my opinion, that means they are safe, although I would be interested also to hear if anyone else has used them..

Daughter 3.5 years) - Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, Sesame, Beef; asthma and eczema
Daughter (2 years) - Peanuts Eczema
Son (7 months) - Contact allergy to something food undetermined

PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:03 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
Don't know, we use President's Choice Decadent Semi-Sweet chocolate chips.

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: Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:42 am 

Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:08 am
Posts: 78
Location: Halifax
I have never seen those either but like Susan, we use the PC Decadent Semi-Sweet ones and haven't had any problems with them.

Daughter: ana to milk, eggs, peanuts, allergy to pet dander, asthma, eczema
Husband: ana to aspartame, shellfish, allergy to pet dander, eczema
Myself: asthma

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:58 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:45 pm
Posts: 816
Location: Vancouver, BC
Based on the response, I would be inclined to trust that they are safe. Another safe chocolate chip we use is from

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

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