PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you or your child has a peanut allergy, you’re well aware how difficult it is to find safe foods.
Now, your snack options have been limited even further because Kellogg’s recently added peanut ingredients to eight flavors of its popular Keebler and Austin sandwich crackers.
Parents are understandably frustrated, with one local mom telling Eyewitness News she’s done buying anything made by Kellogg’s.
“For our family, Kellogg’s is just not going to be one of our trusted or go-to brands anymore,” said Lacee Aguiar of Seekonk.
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In Aguiar’s cupboards, you won’t find anything made with nuts because her 3-year-old son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. The family found out when he tried a cashew.
“That literally was the day our lives changed,” Aguiar recalled. “From that day on, we could no longer eat freely anywhere.”
The family’s grocery shopping habits also changed, but sandwich crackers remained a standard.
“My son has been eating these crackers for so long, now I have to tell him they’re not safe,” Aguiar added.
The following sandwich crackers now contain peanut ingredients:
- Austin Cheddar Cheese Cracker Sandwiches
- Austin Pepper Jack Cracker Sandwiches
- Austin Variety Pack Cracker Sandwiches
- Austin Grilled Cheese Cracker Sandwiches
- Keebler Club & Cheddar Sandwich Crackers
- Keebler Cheese & Cheddar Sandwich Crackers
- Keebler Pepper Jack Sandwich Crackers
- Keebler Variety Pack Sandwich Crackers
The company acknowledged it’s received some backlash because of the new recipe.
“The health and safety of our consumers is something we take very seriously,” a Kellogg’s spokesperson said. “Based on the conversations we’ve had with parents, our team is working to find ways to make more sandwich crackers without peanut ingredients.”
The spokesperson said Austin Grilled Cheese Sandwich Crackers will be made without peanut products. Those will be available beginning in September.
Aguiar fears other companies may also add peanut ingredients to their recipes.
“If peanut flour becomes the go-to for a lot of these, it’s just going to limit us and actually make us feel more excluded and scared,” she said.
Call 12 for Action asked why Kellogg’s changed their recipes, but the spokesperson declined to answer that question.
Visit Kellogg’s website for more information about peanut flour.