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I sent an email to Mars asking if there is now CC risk due to the new pretzel M&Ms (why, why d/c the crispy ones only to add pretzel ones...?).

A representative actually called me at home rather than reply to my email. She said the pretzel M&M's are made on separate lines, so any cc would only result because the pretzel ones are made in the same building as their other products, but not on the same lines.

I told her I saw a post on this site from last month saying they are made on the same lines as other products but are cleaned in between. (I found the post after I sent my email.)

She said that was not correct, that the pretzel ones are made on 'overflow' lines. I even repeated the question with different wording, she said every other regular M&M product shares lines (and are cleaned in between), but the pretzel ones are on the separate lines.

Of course, airborn cc can happen, but I personally am not worried there, since it's not a flour factory.

The representative said another consideration is that special colored holiday M&M's may get made on the 'overflow' lines, so I may want to avoid them.

I then pointed out that the pretzel ones may be made on separate lines for now, but what if that changes. She stated they would then add the 'may contain traces of' disclaimer, or whatever wording Mars uses. They have a clear allergy policy you can click on (the link is in very small print at the bottom of their website). And since we're talking wheat (not barley or rye), their policy does cover full disclosure of wheat cc apparently.

Just thought I'd pass it on...

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Wow, I'm impressed with their resposiveness and personal touch by calling you. That means a lot, especially from such a large company.

Good to know...thanks for sharing!!!

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I sent an email to Mars asking if there is now CC risk due to the new pretzel M&Ms (why, why d/c the crispy ones only to add pretzel ones...?).

A representative actually called me at home rather than reply to my email. She said the pretzel M&M's are made on separate lines, so any cc would only result because the pretzel ones are made in the same building as their other products, but not on the same lines.

I told her I saw a post on this site from last month saying they are made on the same lines as other products but are cleaned in between. (I found the post after I sent my email.)

She said that was not correct, that the pretzel ones are made on 'overflow' lines. I even repeated the question with different wording, she said every other regular M&M product shares lines (and are cleaned in between), but the pretzel ones are on the separate lines.

Of course, airborn cc can happen, but I personally am not worried there, since it's not a flour factory.

The representative said another consideration is that special colored holiday M&M's may get made on the 'overflow' lines, so I may want to avoid them.

I then pointed out that the pretzel ones may be made on separate lines for now, but what if that changes. She stated they would then add the 'may contain traces of' disclaimer, or whatever wording Mars uses. They have a clear allergy policy you can click on (the link is in very small print at the bottom of their website). And since we're talking wheat (not barley or rye), their policy does cover full disclosure of wheat cc apparently.

Just thought I'd pass it on...

Makes me feel better about the M&Ms I occasionally munch on, but not so good news if you're watching the waistline. :P

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