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Skittles: WTH ??? - (Read 6,523 Times)
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 05:12 pm

Okay, I wrote to Mars Yesterday re skittles and some other brands. I didn't realize before that skittles, starburst were part of mars. Here's what they wrote back:

In response to your email regarding SKITTLES BITE SIZE CANDIES.

Thank you for your email.

Although peanuts are not part of the recipe for SKITTLES BITE SIZE CANDIES,we
have added the statement "May Contain Peanuts" to our packages. Consumers who
are highly allergic are accustomed to reading the ingredient declarations of
products to look for the allergens to which they are sensitive. We feel it is
important to provide these consumers with all related allergy information.

Mars Snackfood US provides products that consumers who are allergic to nuts can
safely enjoy. They are SKITTLES BRAND Candies and STARBURST BRAND Candies.

Sincerely,

Consumer Care
Mars Snackfood US

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Please do NOT reply to this email. If you would like to respond to this
message, click on the link below.

http://www.econsumeraffairs.com/mars/ContactUsFollowUp.htm?F1=010882703A&F2=RR


I don't understand this response. They say they've added May Contains to the package, but that consumers with pa can safely enjoy Skittles and Starburst.

Has anyone seen a warning on Skittles lately?
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 05:18 pm

I'm baffled...and a little p****ed.

My son had a big problem several years back after eating Skittles. It was after a gymnastics class (I think he was about 4 at the time). He ate the Skittles from the vending machine and then told me his mouth was itchy. Within 10 minutes, he had a full-blown asthma attack.

I was very stupid back then. I treated with Benedryl and nebulized him...and then gave him Skittles the next day. I mean...hard candy, right? No peanuts, right? Same response.

I called Mars and asked up and down whether there was any possibility of peanuts in this candy. No, no, no, absolutely not was the response. We even asked the doctor about the possibility of a response to the food coloring (which he thought unlikely).

Skittles have always been on the "no" list for us ever since. I'm always a little sheepish about admitting it because it seems like so many people eat them without a problem. I will be really p***ed if I find out they may have peanut contamination after all those years of racking my brain.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 05:34 pm

Honestly, I started worrying yesterday when I realized Mars now owns wrigley's then saw that mars owns skittles. I didn't know that.
My son also had a problem with skittles. More than once. He is really allergic to strawberries/strawberry juice and he's gotten hives/wheezing after drinking natural flavored juices and some candies with strawberry.
That's what we thought it was. He actually picks out the Red ones/same with starburst (no pink ones)
Hasn't had a problem for awhile with either. Now they are saying it is a May contains? Is that what they are saying? why do they say at the end that skittles and starburst are safe for allergic consumers.?
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 06:02 pm

sh**.

I just sent an email to confirm. I'll post the response Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 06:03 pm

wow, that's confusing. Maybe we should all ask for clarification!
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 06:03 pm

To me, it looks like a canned email and the person responding wasn't paying attention to what they were doing. The sentence in their canned email is probably "Although peanuts are not part of the recipe for XYZ,we
have added the statement "May Contain Peanuts" to our packages", with XYZ being whatever product the consumer emailed about. So if you email about 3 Musketeers, they insert that for XYZ.

However, if you're on a role with canned emails, you stop paying attention. So Skittles accidentally gets inserted for XYZ. When done right, the email is supposed to say, well, XYZ isn't safe, but try skittles or starburst.

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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 06:35 pm

We use Skittles all the time without problems. We are PN/TN allergic. I will also add that none of the Skittles packages in our area have warnings, so I'm just not sure what this is all about.

I had been thinking that Mars' labeling was fine all this time. Has that not been the case?

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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 06:42 pm

Oh noooo! Skittles are one of the few candies daughter isn't allergic to. I haven't bought any recently because we bought a big bag after Halloween and still have a few packages left. If she can't have those, it will be sad.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 4th, 2009 at 08:32 pm

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Although peanuts are not part of the recipe for SKITTLES BITE SIZE CANDIES,we
have added the statement "May Contain Peanuts" to our packages.


Bold added by me.

Is *bite size* a specific skittles product? It sounds like that one runs on a production line with a peanut candy, but that (some) other Skittles and Starburst candies don't.

I have eaten skittles and starburst with no problem. But, there is a skittles product in a small tube-shaped container -- with smaller candy in it. I wouldn't eat them because when the package was opened, it smelled like pb to me. Someone else with a suspected pa ate them, and got hives. This was back in the fall -- I don't think I looked at the ingredients -- I wouldn't eat because of the smell.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 5th, 2009 at 08:43 am

AM,
I think you might be on to something. We don't get the small tubes of Skittles only the bags and have not seen a warning. Mars also makes bite size M&Ms in those small tubes and I would not be surprised if those were on shared lines
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 5th, 2009 at 10:32 am

Wait! Is "Bite Sized" different than the regular Skittles? If so, I don't think I have seen them.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 5th, 2009 at 10:34 am

Mar 5th, 2009 at 10:32 am, Juliebove wrote:
Wait! Is "Bite Sized" different than the regular Skittles? If so, I don't think I have seen them.



The back of a package that I looked at last night.... (chocolate skittles, if that matters) has no warning.......

but perhaps more interestingly...


specifically says--



"Skittles Bite-Sized Candies!"


So much for that theory. They are the 'standard' sized ones, so far as I can tell.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 5th, 2009 at 11:26 am

Mar 5th, 2009 at 10:34 am, CMdeux wrote:
Mar 5th, 2009 at 10:32 am, Juliebove wrote:
Wait! Is "Bite Sized" different than the regular Skittles? If so, I don't think I have seen them.



The back of a package that I looked at last night.... (chocolate skittles, if that matters) has no warning.......

but perhaps more interestingly...


specifically says--



"Skittles Bite-Sized Candies!"


So much for that theory. They are the 'standard' sized ones, so far as I can tell.


Yes, I went to the store today just to look. They say bite sized candies on the package. They didn't have a warning.
I emailed back for clarification.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 5th, 2009 at 11:37 am

Skittles - the one candy EVERYONE knows they can give DD!

I'm interested in what additional information you get from Mars.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 5th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Oddly enough, this thread is making me want Skittles.
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