The FDA regards allergens as a serious Food Safety concern. This letter is to inform you of the types of allergens that are present in our manufacturing processes. We maintain a complete HACCP program including personnel training as it relates to allergens in our facility.
Collection Etienne 2.65 ounce bars
7238FT, 7245FT, 7264FT, 7270FT, 7272FT, 7285FT and 7291FT
Molded on equipment also used with milk chocolate, soya, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (almond, hazelnuts, cashews and pecans), and wheat.
These items are manufactured in a facility that includes these allergens. They clean and check for allergens between product runs.
Collection Etienne 500g bars, 2 ounce bars, and 6 ounce baking bars
4245FT, 4101FT, 4380, 4550, 4644FT, 4651, 4652, 4653, 4658, 4659, 4701, 4704, 4704FT, 4707, 4707FT, 4910, 4910FT, 7013, 7023, 7033, 7043, 7101, 7113, 7123, 7133, 7143, 7551, 7646, 7700, 7701
Almonds are present in the facility that runs these items and are restricted to the line that molds these items. We utilize a verification process to exclude almond protein from the non-almond products by a deep cleaning process followed by a Neogen protein probe analysis. No non-almond product may be produced on the molding line until these probes show a negative almond protein value on the food contact surfaces and adjacent areas.
Milk Chocolate ornaments and eggs 9650, 9651
Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts (almond, hazelnuts, cashews and pecans) and wheat.
Powders and Granules 7500, 7530
Crafted in traditional grinding mills that also make milk chocolate.
All Other Cocoas and Granules
Processed on separate equipment and do not contain any of the 8 major allergens
All Other Chocolate, Compounds and Syrups
Made in a facility that is free of peanuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish and fish.
Milk, white and dark chocolate and compounds are run on shared equipment that is changed over between items but the equipment cannot be washed with water for Food Safety reasons. Therefore, dark items that do not have milk intentionally added as an ingredient may contain traces of milk from cross contact due to processing on the shared equipment. For dark chocolates, our ingredient statement informs customers with the following information: “Processed on equipment also used to make milk chocolate” or “Processed on equipment used to make products containing milk”.
Industrial chocolate and compound coatings are formulated with a small amount of soya lecithin (less than 0.5%). Since lecithin may contain trace residues of soybean protein, all of these products are labeled with “soya lecithin” to include the name and source of the ingredient.
Should you have further questions, please contact us.
Kenneth J. Givich
Director of Microbiology/Compliance/SQF Practitioner
April 9, 2015