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Brachs Candy Corn..wheat Processing Facility!
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Hello everyone!!

My son Richard has celiac-he is 7 y.o.-he got into some trouble at school this week for saying some "outta the norm" for him kinda things! Anyway- his teacher also said it wasnt like him.I think i found the culprit! Brachs candy corn-says right on the package that its processed in a facility that processes wheat,nuts and a few other food items as well.

Im not sure about other kinds of candy corn-but Brachs is the kind he had-not anymore!!

Everyone have a safe and happy halloween!!! Tammy and Richard

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I ate an entire bag of the stuff the past week and I'm not feeling particularly nasty. :D

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Last time I contacted Branchs, they would not claim any of their products are gluten free. <_<

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My brother works for Farley-Sathers which owns Brachs. They also own Haribo, the company that makes gummi bears and the rainblo/ double bubble gum factory in Canada as well as Bob's candy canes (dedicated lines) and the Mexican company canelas which makes the little chiclets type gum in wrappers of 5.

Brachs makes their candy in a number of different countries-- Argentina (Arcor), Mexico, Canada, etc. and some factories are dedicated exclusively (like the candy canes) to making one product (and are safer) and some products are produced in factories where they make any number of other things because of the type of equipment used.

They also buy the raw materials from a number of different countries and suppliers. And sometimes the candy is made in one place but packaged for sale in another place that just does packaging and therefore does many different products at any one time. It is a very competitive business.

My brother says they follow legal labelling practices, but truly cannot guarantee gluten free (or other allergen free) products because there are way too many places in the production and processing procedures where something can cross contaminate.

Take gum base, for example. They get it from many suppliers. Some has gluten and some doesn't but they are not required by law to specify the ingredients in the gum base itself. Partly because it is not meant to be "ingested." Tricky. Chewing their gum is a crap-shoot for us :-)

I simply do not eat any of their candy. Sorry bro.

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