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Wegmans brand Ice cream allergy inquiry

From: comments <comments@wegmans.com>

To: caricory <caricory@aol.com>

Sent: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 2:18 pm

Subject: Wegmans Case #1264601


Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Our supplier, Perry’s Ice cream, is a family owned company that has been in business since 1918. They strive to make high quality and the best tasting ice cream. In 2009, Perry’s earned level II SQF (Safe Quality Foods) certification that is recognized by many large companies such as Wal-mart and Wegmans, as well as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI). In 2013 level III was achieved. The SQF program is a leading, global food safety and quality certification program and management system, designed to meet the needs of buyers and suppliers worldwide. Along with SQF, Perry’s cleans and operates under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and is regulated by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is under jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The sanitation and cleanliness restrictions associated with these organizations keep our company in accordance to New York State regulations. Our supplier takes allergens very seriously. Our supplier does not manufacture their products on production lines dedicated to allergens or non-allergen. They do their best to prevent cross contamination of allergens into their products. Our suppliers scheduling team takes allergens into consideration when determining the run schedule. This allows them to run non-allergens before allergens. After a flavor containing allergens is produced, the equipment is appropriately washed and inspected by their team to ensure the equipment is clean before any new product is run. We understand how critical allergens are to our consumers and we continue to strive to ensure our customers a safe and wholesome product. For Wegmans brand products, our labeling complies with FDA’s Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act. Our format for calling out the Major Eight Food Allergens is an “Allergens: contains…” type statement below or adjacent to the ingredient statement. Customers should look for this statement at every single purchase. Never assume the product is the same as at the previous purchase. Things change. (Eight Major Food Allergens are: egg, fish, milk, peanuts, Crustacean Shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat) We ask our supplier’s to verify whether the allergens are IN the product (yes or no) AND whether there is potential for cross contact (i.e cross contamination) The answer is yes or no – we do not accept blanks. If there is potential for cross contact our label will indicate this within the “allergen statement”. The label will state “may contain…..” or it will state “manufactured in a facility with….”. On our labels either statement carries exactly the same meaning – one is NOT a stronger warning than the other. We do not ask our suppliers whether the allergens are in the plant or on the line. That can change on a dime – could be no today and yes next week. We ask about the potential for cross contact. If there is potential for cross contact – that information will be on the label, within the Allergen Statement. Hope this helps! Sincerely, Catie Consumer Services Specialist

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