We recently attended a peanut-free game at Yankees Stadium on Mother’s Day (Go Yanks!). Part of the allergy-free food line-up included vanilla Turkey Hill ice cream. After we were assured by staff that the ice cream was safe, we dug in. It was both safe and delicious.
After the game, I decided to follow up with Turkey Hill regarding their allergy policy. (Always good to double check in my book). I sent an email to Turkey Hill and received a thorough written response, below.
While we all dream of a world with allergen-free factories, the reality is that most are not and never will be. Let’s commend (and frequent) those food producers like Turkey Hill that take extraordinary steps to allow us allergy families to enjoy some pretty delightful treats. We give a thumbs up to Turkey Hill. Enjoy!
Thank you for contacting Turkey Hill Dairy regarding our allergen program. Our facility is not a nut-free environment. However, our Quality Assurance Team makes every effort to eliminate the possibility of allergen cross-contamination by the way production is scheduled. Our allergen program includes the FDA’s top eight food allergens (peanuts, egg, dairy, soy, tree nuts, wheat, shellfish and fish).
All allergen ingredients are marked “allergen” and stored separately in our warehouses. During production, we begin the day with a flavor, such as vanilla, which contains no extra inclusions. As the day progresses, we switch to other flavors that do contain inclusions, such as nuts and fruit. The inclusions go through a section of our production process called a feeder. This section is not attached to the line when we are processing flavors such as vanilla and others that do not contain any added inclusions.
By thoroughly cleansing the production lines between each flavor, our sanitation policies and procedures are designed to further eliminate the likelihood of allergen residue contaminating another product.
The allergen(s) each product contains are listed on the package. In addition, there are a few flavors which state “May Contain: Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts, and Macadamia Nuts”. This statement is a requirement by our pretzel supplier, Snyder’s of Hanover, because their production facility contains these types of nuts.
We hope this information is helpful and you will continue to enjoy Turkey Hill products with confidence. We appreciate your comments and thank you for choosing Turkey Hill.
TURKEY HILL DAIRY
Consumer Relations Representative