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10 February 2009

Ray's Bagels Made in Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Facility

After discovering that Thomas' english muffins were no longer on our "safe" list for peanut-free, tree nut-free foods, I thought I'd better verify that the bagels we buy are okay. Every once in a while, I realize there is a food that we eat regularly, that we've had no trouble with, and contains no peanuts or nuts, but I have not yet inquired about the facility. Ray's New York Bagels was one of those. I must add, however, that my peanut allergic five year old is going through a non-bagel phase, but I figure "better safe than sorry." I mean, eventually he's going to want to eat a bagel. Doesn't everyone?!

I could not find allergen information on the Ray's Bagels website so I telephoned their office. They informed me that the facility where Ray's Bagels are made does not process any milk, peanuts or tree nuts. The bagels are Kosher. I did not ask if they "certify" that their ingredients are from suppliers who do not process peanuts, tree nuts or dairy, as that's a question I reserve for products and companies making an "allergen-free" claim on their packaging or website.  In addition, it seems we are fortunate enough to be able to safely eat foods containing non-peanut/nut ingredients from "un-certified" suppliers. If your level of allergic sensitivity requires it, you may wish to inquire about Ray's suppliers.   Their corporate telephone number is 866.400.1234 and the website is www.raysnewyorkbagels.com.
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