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 Post subject: Chef Bombay Products
PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:05 am 

Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:35 pm
Posts: 115
Location: Vancouver
I have found several mouth watering entrees at Costco, however was reluctant to purchase any of Chef Bombay's products ( Beef curry, butter chicken, samoosas).
The ingredient listing did not have any tree nuts/peanuts. However, there were no allergen warnings either.
That week I sent an email to the Calgary based company, and a call was placed to my husband.
My husband was reassured that there were no nuts in the facility, however, the Quality Assurance Manager told him that she would check with the suppliers and get back to us.
Last week I received the following email.
I was quite pleased with their email and will be purchasing some of these items in the near future from Costco.
I will keep you posted.

Good morning Shairose and Nizam,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me earlier this week
regarding potential undeclared allergens in Chef Bombay brand products.
We welcome the opportunity to provide additional information to our

In this case, based of your earlier experiences with flour
manufacturers, I was able to better understand our flour supplier by
investigating the potential of undeclared allergens in their product.

I'm pleased to be able to inform you that in addition to the lack of
peanuts and tree nuts in our facility, our flour manufacturer does not
support peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, crustaceans or sesame seeds on
their premise and have provided a written Allergen Policy [2002] stating
"The tolerance for food allergen contamination is "0".

All samosa products contain wheat and dairy ingredients and our Chef
Bombay entrees (Beef Curry, Tandoori Chicken & Butter Chicken) contain
dairy ingredients. No other allergens are permitted into the facility
and raw materials suppliers are required to complete an allergen
declaration before the use of their materials are approved.
Additionally, Aliya's Foods enforces strict HACCP and Quality programs
designed to prevent the inadvertent cross-contamination of allergens;
known or unknown.

I hope this information may prove helpful as you select your future Chef
Bombay products from our delicious line-up. Our entrees can be
purchased at Costco Wholesales Clubs, and the samosas are available at
Costco, Overwaitea/Save-On-Foods, Sobey's, and Superstore retail

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact

Merne Holliday
Quality Assurance Manager
780-467-4600 ext 223

Text version of this message. (1KB)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:48 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:23 pm
Posts: 190
Thanks so much for posting this!

I've wanted to try Indian food for a very long time, but being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame, I've never done so.

This is wonderful news. I'm always pleased to see food manufacturers address our needs in a responsible way. This is a breath of fresh air after speaking with a few companies who still don't get it. If a manufacturer of Indian foods (usually higher risk for cross-contamination) can ensure the absence of these allergens, other companies have no excuse. ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:52 pm 

Joined: Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:05 pm
Posts: 528
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Wow, thank you, Shairose. I can't wait to try their butter chicken. Butter chicken is one of my favourite dish ever.

15 year old - asthmatic, allergic to cats, dogs, horses, waiting to be "officially" diagnosed for anaphylaxis
12 year old - asthmatic, allergic to tree pollen and mold, OAS
Husband - Allergic to amoxycillin
Self - Allergic to housework only

 Post subject: Mmmm, Butter chicken!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:27 pm 

Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:35 pm
Posts: 115
Location: Vancouver
Butter chicken is one of my fave dishes, and coming from an East Indian Background, I can never seem to get it right!
Most Indian restaurtants seem to have cashews in it.
Well, I am planning on picking it up this w/e from Costco.
I am hoping that it will be really yummy!
Let me know what you think of it.

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