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Do You Risk Eating Meat That Says "shared Equipment"?

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I returned my meat to Trader Joes because they called the headquarters and they said the "simpley chicken" is made  on "share equipment"  Do you risk this? Do you think they clean the equipment or what have you read? I have no idea how they run the factory. Does shared equipment have a good chance of getting us sick? Please let me know what you think? I was thinking of rinsing the meat, but I know that I am super sensitive so put it back. So sad. Thoughts?

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I don't understand this at all. How can raw meat be on"shared equipment"? There are laws about that. And realistically, what would they run on a chicken cutting and packaging machine besides chicken? They can't make crackers on it. Did they explain?


 

 

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I don't eat anything on "shared equipment".  This is one of those confusing things that people post here.  People say "shared equipment" is ok because they "clean" but then say to toss all of your baking pans because they could have microscopic particles left on them, even after cleaning.  It can't be both....  It's just not worth the risk I think.

 

What brand is that chicken?  I don't see anything for "Simply Chicken" on the internet.  Keep in mind that even brands like Purdue make chicken nuggets, breaded chicken patties, etc. that are not gluten-free....thus the shared equipment warning probably.

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t.  Keep in mind that even brands like Purdue make chicken nuggets, breaded chicken patties, etc. that are not gluten-free....thus the shared equipment warning probably.

 

But plain chicken would not need to go through the breading machines. I think that may even have to be in a separate facility from the raw meat processing plant.   


 

 

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But plain chicken would not need to go through the breading machines. I think that may even have to be in a separate facility from the raw meat processing plant.   

i hear those chicken nugget chickens are mean and hard to butcher.  plus, to get the nuggets into the package without all the blood all over them from the meat packing plant.  oops - the meat (and nugget) packing plant.....   :ph34r:


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But plain chicken would not need to go through the breading machines. I think that may even have to be in a separate facility from the raw meat processing plant.   

 

Do you know that for sure?  Have you been to the plant?  Can you confirm that the machines do not process gluten in some way?  The package says produced on a "shared line"--yes, it might be a CYA, but do you have evidence that it is not?...not to mention the "broth" that many "plain" chicken is packaged with that is NOT gluten-free, which might be the culprit vs "breading".

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so, you would eat it if it didn't say 'processed in a shared facility' ......  ?

 

Do you know that for sure?  Have you been to the plant?  Can you confirm that the machines do not process gluten in some way?  The package says produced on a "shared line"--yes, it might be a CYA, but do you have evidence that it is not?...not to mention the "broth" that many "plain" chicken is packaged with that is NOT gluten-free, which might be the culprit vs "breading".

have YOU been to the plant??  what is the machine shared with?  other meat?  all broth doesn't contain gluten.  if it does, it has to be labeled.  


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so, you would eat it if it didn't say 'processed in a shared facility' ......  ?

 

have YOU been to the plant??  what is the machine shared with?  other meat?  all broth doesn't contain gluten.  if it does, it has to be labeled.  

 Shared facility and shared equipment are not the same thing but, no, I would not eat it either way.  I was glutened by something that was processed in a "shared facility" and I'm just not taking that chance any longer.  No, I haven't been in the plant but since the company labeled the package as "processed on the same equipment" I don't need to go to know there is a risk.  Gluten does not have to be on the label if it is made with barley or rye....and since barley is often the gluten source in broth, it is a risk.

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 Shared facility and shared equipment are not the same thing but, no, I would not eat it either way.  I was glutened by something that was processed in a "shared facility" and I'm just not taking that chance any longer.  No, I haven't been in the plant but since the company labeled the package as "processed on the same equipment" I don't need to go to know there is a risk.  Gluten does not have to be on the label if it is made with barley or rye....and since barley is often the gluten source in broth, it is a risk.

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Gluten is not an ingrediant.  Wheat, Barley an Rye are and must be listed on the ingrediant label.  

 

The OP must be talking about processed chicken and NOT raw meat as raw meat is butchered, not processed.  Processed chicken can have many ingrediants added to it depending on the finished product.  Lets not get carried away with "Raw Chicken" being CC from a processed line or facility.  You just don't butcher a chicken then send it down the line to be breaded.  

 

Karen has stated this above.  The OP has not been back to clarify what kind of chicken she bought so any more replies are mute at this point.

 

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Do you know that for sure?  Have you been to the plant?  Can you confirm that the machines do not process gluten in some way?  The package says produced on a "shared line"--yes, it might be a CYA, but do you have evidence that it is not?...not to mention the "broth" that many "plain" chicken is packaged with that is NOT gluten-free, which might be the culprit vs "breading".

 

 

First - common sense would say that a company isn't sending plain chicken, if that is what we are talking about, down the breading machine.  That would be an extra step/expense.  Second, I do know something about meat packing/poultry processing.  Its gross, but maybe you, the reader, could look into it if you have questions- there are videos you could watch and see the processes and the packaging machines.

 

If I had been the OP, I would have asked the company to clarify "shared" machines.  

 

Also, other than a voluntary "shared equipment" statement, we don't really know what may be produced on the same equipment with a product with gluten.  This is where a little common sense helps.  For example, crackers or wheat thickened soups would not be processed on the same machines as corn oil margarine.  Its slightly possible that they could be made "in the same facility" , as in a manufacturing complex,  but a company wouldn't put them in the same building.  But, we might think that if a company produces some soups with wheat or barley and some without, that might be a good time to call and ask about shared machinery.  We may find that they make so much chicken broth, for example, that no other soup ever gets on that machine.  

 

 

Edit:  I realize I quoted SMRI but this response isn't really for her, it is a clarification/suggestion for others who may come along and read this.  


 

 

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SMRI,

 

Gluten is not an ingrediant.  Wheat, Barley an Rye are and must be listed on the ingrediant label.  

 

The OP must be talking about processed chicken and NOT raw meat as raw meat is butchered, not processed.  Processed chicken can have many ingrediants added to it depending on the finished product.  Lets not get carried away with "Raw Chicken" being CC from a processed line or facility.  You just don't butcher a chicken then send it down the line to be breaded.  

 

Karen has stated this above.  The OP has not been back to clarify what kind of chicken she bought so any more replies are mute at this point.

 

Colleen

 

"Gluten" was simply replying to notme! and his/her saying that "gluten" has to be labeled.....

 

 

First - common sense would say that a company isn't sending plain chicken, if that is what we are talking about, down the breading machine.  That would be an extra step/expense.  Second, I do know something about meat packing/poultry processing.  Its gross, but maybe you could look into it - there are videos you could watch and see the processes and the packaging machines.

 

If I had been the OP, I would have asked the company to clarify "shared" machines.  

 

Also, other than a voluntary "shared equipment" statement, we don't really know what may be produced on the same equipment with a product with gluten.  This is where a little common sense helps.  For example, crackers or wheat thickened soups would not be processed on the same machines as corn oil margarine.  Its slightly possible that they could be made "in the same facility" , as in a manufacturing complex,  but a company wouldn't put them in the same building.  But, we might think that if a company produces some soups with wheat or barley and some without, that might be a good time to call and ask about shared machinery.  We may find that they make so much chicken broth, for example, that no other soup ever gets on that machine.  

 

No, we don't know what is on the lines or why the labeled "processed on shared equipment" but I still won't buy it.  First, there are other products that you can buy that are safe and for companies that are more interested in covering themselves vs doing the right thing and helping out those will food issues, then I won't buy their products.  Why they would process on a line that could be contaminated is anyone's guess, but the point is they took the time to put that on their package for a reason and I wouldn't support a company that does that....

 

I've found pre-cooked chicken, not breaded, that has a barley based broth in the grocery stores.  Frozen chicken breasts that are raw/frozen in a broth that is not gluten-free--that could EASILY be what this company does--packaging the breasts or whatever piece with the broth on the same line--thus the warning.  Just because it's "raw" doesn't automatically make it gluten-free when they add preservatives and broth to the packaging.

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Sorry I haven't been back. The "Just Chicken" product is cooked and flavored simply with who knows what. I have eaten it before. But I had the Trader Joe office call the headquarters and they said that is was made on shared equipment. Hope that helps clarify my original question. I was just wondering if you risk "shared equipment"? I've been having so many issues lately that I had better not take risks for a while.

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Sorry I haven't been back. The "Just Chicken" product is cooked and flavored simply with who knows what. I have eaten it before. But I had the Trader Joe office call the headquarters and they said that is was made on shared equipment. Hope that helps clarify my original question. I was just wondering if you risk "shared equipment"? I've been having so many issues lately that I had better not take risks for a while.

 

That would lead me to believe that the flavoring was not gluten-free and something that they use on that line is also not gluten-free--maybe they do beef that is seasoned with soy sauce or something similar.  Shared equipment just isn't safe.

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I don't eat any meat that is flavored.  Or injected. I can flavor my own and inject my own I don't need a company to inject stuff I have no clue what they inject it with. 


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I know that trader joes is really good about there facility is run and how cross contamination could happen. I always ask further questions and they direct me to the right people. I know I am extremly sensitive like you are... I even reacted to trader joes french style green beans that were made on shared equiptment with wheat.

How about stores that carry fresh fruits and veggies, and there is a bakery there would that even be safe??

I try to wash all of the veggies and fruits really good. I try to do my best but still end up getting sick. 

I hope this helps you out! 

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