Did you see my allergen warning sign photos from Dunkin’ Donuts and Giant Eagle? I wrote to both of them to thank them for displaying the signs. Giant Eagle was the first to reply, and now I’ve heard from Dunkin’ Donuts. I submitted the following via webform:
I was in the Dunkin’ Donuts in Dormont this weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised to see this allergen warning sign: http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p139/worldandlunardomination/Signs/p_00527.jpg
As someone who has a severe allergy, I found this to be a responsible and proactive decision on the part of Dunkin’ Donuts, and I just wanted you to know that it’s an appreciated gesture.
Thankfully, my allergy isn’t to peanuts, or I’d most likely go nowhere near your fine establishments, much like I currently avoid Red Lobster and Long John Silver’s due to my shellfish allergy.
I did, as the sign suggested, go to https://www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/nutrition/ in order to see allergen information for some of my favorite menu items.
I also see that you have a blanket *.pdf available showing nutrition information for all of your products. Do you have something like this for allergens in all of your products?
It’s a red flag for me that you have “Crustaceans” on the list, and even expand upon it under the data table with “Crustaceans include, crab, crayfish, lobster, and shrimp.”
Do any of these creepy little sea-bugs show up in any of your products? My curiosity is piqued, my friends!
Thank you for your time, and for responsibly posting allergen warnings. I look forward to hearing from you!
Not dead yet,
Ant they wrote back…
From: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, October 12, 2010
Subject: Case# 7577485 – Dunkin’ Donuts
Thank you for taking the time to contact Dunkin’ Donuts.
To answer your questions regarding allergens, the stores should have a printed document available behind the counter that will tell you if any of the allergens required to be listed by the FDA are in our products.
If you call our Consumer Care line, they can tell you as well.
As far as the shell fish listing on our forms, that form is required by the FDA. We have to show it on the form but you won’t see it checked off for any of our products.
I hope this answered your questions.
You can reach us at 800-859-5339 M-F 8:30AM to 5:00PM EST.
At Dunkin’ Donuts we value our customers and are committed to making your visits to our stores a pleasant experience.
Thank you and have a great day.
Customer Relations Associate
Reference # 7577485
It’s interesting how people intemperate the laws… I certainly don’t see standardized allergen information on all food-related websites. I’m glad that companies like this are at least trying to be active in their warning, and hope it’s not just a “CYA” measure.
It’s also interesting to note that I received a the same exact reply to this message at least 13 times, all with the same case/reference number. Weird.