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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pirate's Booty - Ahoy Mateys! Great Info from Pirate Brands themselves!!

After having posted about one of our family's favorite snacks, Veggie Pirate Booty, I received the italicized information below directly from Emily Anschlowar, a dietician at their company.  I have already gotten comments regarding whether individuals would or wouldn't purchase their products because of milk products also being manufactured at their company.

S.A.F.E. Info on Allergen Control Programs

Thanks Emily!!

As part of our overall Allergen Control Program, the following protocols help us to ensure the safety of our products for your family and families like yours:

1. Between each run, batch, or flavor all parts of the processing and bagging equipment are thoroughly cleaned and completely sanitized.

2. To reduce the potential for cross-contamination, we identify allergens throughout the manufacturing process; schedule non-allergen production prior to allergen production runs, minimize traffic of raw materials, packing supplies, and employees during the manufacturing of allergen containing products.

3. Pirate Brands spot checks products for gluten and dairy. (Please note that the facility where our products are made is free of egg, treenut, peanut, fish and shellfish.) We test incoming raw materials and validate our cleaning techniques processing equipment and finished products with a highly sensitive, validated ELISA test.

If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Emily Anschlowar, MS, RD

Consumer Relations and Regulatory Standards Manager

Pirate Brands
100 Roslyn Ave
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
t: 516.656.4545 x36
C: 516-606-6845
f: 516.656.3079