Thursday, July 31, 2008

CC ALERT: Pacific Rice Milk

We have been using Pacific Rice Milk for a while, especially on cereal. Since Pacific's other non-dairy beverages contain soy, I was curious about the cross-contamination issues with the rice milk (which doesn't contain soy). In particular, I thought perhaps they were all run on the same equipment.

So I looked on their website, and here's what it says (as of July 31, 2008):

Pacific Natural Foods does not produce products with eggs, sesame, shellfish, or peanuts in our facility. We do produce products containing dairy, soy, tree nuts, and corn. Every 24 hours, production shuts down for a total cleaning and sterilization of all equipment. Complete cleaning and sterilization is also performed between runs of dairy and non-dairy items.

To further reduce potential for cross contamination, a thorough cleaning and flushing of all equipment also takes place after running any product containing allergenic ingredients. The same cleaning is also performed between runs of non-organic and organic products to maintain the integrity of the organic ingredients.

Nonetheless, we cannot guarantee that every minute particle of an ingredient from the previous product is removed. If you or a family member has a serious allergy to ingredients in any of our products and are concerned about the possibility of cross contamination, we recommend that you do not use our products. [emphasis added]

For me, this means that I am not going to get this anymore. My son seems to react to residual/trace amounts of soy in products that share equipment, so I've been trying to "de-soy-ify" his food. (It's tough!)

I think I am going to stick with my new-found friend, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bliss (read my post about Manitoba by clicking HERE).

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