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More and more these days, in our schools, social groups and community clubs, we have administrators and organizers requesting that people bring "peanut-free" snacks. For some people, the term "peanut-free" is a source of aggravation and annoyance, because peanut butter is almost universally a favourite food among young children. The unfortunate reality is that peanuts can pose a life-threatening risk for people with severe peanut allergies.

Food allergies appear to be increasing. People are becoming more aware of the severity of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction). Once aware of the serious consequences, most people are very willing to keep food related social and school activities safe. Many people want to help reduce peanut allergens in social situations, but are not sure how to go about it.

What does "peanut-free" mean?
It means that food does not contain peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil or any form or derivative of peanut at all! It must not contain peanut stearate or "traces of peanut". Even if the ingredient label says "May contain traces of nuts or peanut", treat this label as if it says "contains nuts or peanut". A food item may labelled as having "mandelona" or "new nuts", which means it contains peanuts soaked in almond flavouring and cut to look like almonds. If you are seeking peanut-free snacks, AVOID these products.

Even though Hollandia is claiming only to be Peanut Free we presently are also Nut Free. Hollandia is aware of the difference between the Legume and Tree nuts, but has chosen not to make the claim in their statement to be both peanut and nut free.

Bulk Packaging
Hollandia Bakeries cannot guarantee the possibility of cross contamination of our bulk cookies once they have left our facility. To ensure the safety of our customers who may have, or have family members that have the peanut allergy, no “Peanut Free” claim is made on bulk cookies only.