In 2008, we eliminated all peanuts and tree nuts from Little Rae’s products and became a Nut-Free facility. We did this to provide a safe option for those with nut allergies who often have to go without baked goods. Our products are welcomed not only by those with nut allergies, but also those who want to bring goodies to groups or events where just one person might have a nut allergy. This is increasingly common in schools.
We employ the same high standards for our products and service but without the threat of nuts ruining someone’s day or posing a life-threatening risk. Our policies for operating a nut-free bakery include allergen statements from all our ingredient vendors, and a “No Nuts Allowed” policy in our facility for our employees and visitors.
The FDA does not have a certification program or set of standards that a food manufacturer needs to follow to be considered nut free. They are working on it and Little Rae’s Bakery will happily contribute when the time comes. The only requirement now is that what we say be true.
The nut-free status applies only to our packaged products. This is because once our unwrapped products are delivered, the way they are handled and displayed is out of our control. Every pastry case, serving utensil, plate, or cutting board is a potential contact point for nut residue, which is what prevents people with allergies from buying unpackaged pastries.
When you see our products beautifully displayed in a pastry case at one of your local cafés, proceed with caution! There could be goodies from another bakery that uses nuts, which means the whole case could be contaminated.
If you frequent a café that sells our products, ask the manager if they would stock a few wrapped items for you. They might just do it!
As always, an allergic person must take responsibility for keeping themselves or their child safe from contamination. We cannot guarantee that our food is 100% safe from nuts as there are far too many variables in the world. Please call or write our bakery if you would like to know more about how we operate.
We have gluten flying everywhere and since we are sensitive to allergies, we are not comfortable making gluten-free items in our facility. The possibility of cross-contamination is just too high. Egg and dairy-free baked goods have also crossed our minds, but we have not come up with a tasty recipe yet.
Peanut (legume) Allergy can be a life-long allergy affecting approximately 2% of the population. Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of death due to food allergies. Three things characterize peanut hypersensitivity:
The above was taken from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: