A very nice subscriber by the name of Ann wrote in to tell us that when she scanned her box of Twinkies, ScanAvert delivered the result: may contain peanuts, harmful to her son. However on her package it stated, “may contain pecan”. We are located in the northeast and purchase products from as many different supermarkets as we can, specifically for this reason. In all sites, we found ‘peanuts’. So, whose is correct? Well, depends on where you live.
Often the claims statement reflects the facility where manufactured, which may, or may not, also manufacture peanut or pecan products. Ann did mention that in her area there is a local Hostess plant. So this was a happy ending since this was a staple in her home and now she need not remove it. But I share it to caution that you must still READ THE LABEL. Products safe in one region of the country may not be safe in another- food for thought before you send your kids off for a visit to grandma’s, or embark on vacation. The obvious and simple fix is to introduce another barcode, but from the resistance and rationing by manufacturers, one would think barcodes were a more costly commodity than gold bullion! Where’s the legislation? Anybody out there listening GMA? NIH? FDA? CDC? ERB? – sorry – made that last one up – my initials, but you get the point.