FARE Statement on Kellogg Sandwich Crackers

As a part of FARE’s role as a voice for consumers with food allergies, FARE has been working to gather accurate information about the recent labeling change to specific Kellogg products.

On March 30, 2016, FARE distributed an ingredient notice from Kellogg for eight varieties of its Keebler and Austin sandwich crackers. The notice indicated that peanut would be added to the “Contains” statement on these products, with peanut flour being added to the ingredient list.

In response to numerous questions and heightened concern from the food allergy community, Kellogg announced on April 19 that it would be making one variety of Austin sandwich crackers “without peanut products” starting in September 2016.

In response to a request from FARE, Kellogg has provided the following information regarding the changes to its product through several conversations and emails with FARE, most recently on May 19. Kellogg has shared:

  • The sandwich cracker varieties are now made on the same line as a product containing peanut.
  • The company’s internal risk assessment indicated that, as a result of the production change, there was an increased likelihood of cross-contact with peanut.
  • Kellogg then decided to add peanut flour as an intended ingredient. Peanut now appears in the ingredient statement, and in a “Contains Peanuts” statement on the label.
  • This measure was taken in response to a change in manufacturing for this particular line of products.
  • As previously reported, Kellogg will make one variety of Austin crackers without peanut products starting in September. This variety will be made in a different production facility than the others.

FARE will continue to monitor the situation and will provide any additional information that we receive from Kellogg as it is shared with us.

According to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), a manufacturer may only use a “Contains” statement for an ingredient intentionally added to the product, not a substance that is only present in the product due to cross-contact. FARE reinforces the recommendation to consumers that individuals managing food allergy and caregivers for children with food allergy should read every label, every time.

Read a Q&A from Kellogg on this topic. For questions, please contact Kellogg’s Consumer Affairs at 877-543-5837.

2 thoughts on “FARE Statement on Kellogg Sandwich Crackers

  1. It’s very unfortunate that a giant conglomerate like Kellogg, who states they take very seriously food allergy dangers, would take such a giant step backwards.

    This is the first time that I can remember in my 64 years of life, that any regular, daily type of food is made with peanut flour.

    Yes, I have been dodging the peanut issue for 60 years. I was told once to leave a plane when I inquired if they could serve pretzels instead of peanuts. I have almost died from one anaphylactic episode, and have had a handful. Not fun not being able to breath. Very scary. I worry about peanut oil, now I have to worry about such a everyday ingredient such as flour!

    All of us with anaphylactic type of peanut allergy have a very black and white classification of foods. It is my humble opinion that food classes/types are either safe, or not. I have now put all the crackers they have listed in the unsafe classification. It doesn’t much matter that one is safe or not.

    Crackers are used in restaurants, parties and buffets. We cannot possibly read the ingredients….they’re not available…unless we are buying them for home use.

    It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end when they warn “read the ingredients”. Duh, if I can’t, and it’s in one of the unsafe classes, then I avoid. It’s the only way, unless you want to play a Russian roulette game. I can play the devils advocate side and say “well, I needed to warn you”. But what riles me is, that statement, used in context of non-home use, is gibberish…..C.Y.A.

    Yes, I read the ingredients….if they’re available. And I search them out if I can, or rely on waitress/waiter to bring me back the information that is essential for my well-being, and they may or may not even checked and I’m trusting them. I am betting 95% of the time, there is no ingredient list they are checking.

  2. These are not the only varieties of Kellogg’s cheese crackers that contain peanut. On May 2, Kellogg’s announced 3 new varieties of cheese cracker that also contain peanut: Cheez-It Sandwich Crackers Classic Cheddar; Cheez-It Sandwich Crackers Italian 4 Cheese; and Cheez-It Sandwich Crackers Spicy Queso. They are labeled as containing peanut. Peanut butter appears in the ingredient list toward the end. http://investor.kelloggs.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2016/05-02-2016-170135894

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