Children’s Flintstone Vitamins Now Feature Nut Warning

I was cruising the grocery store aisles this week in search of a vitamin to supplement my kids’ already healthy diet.  From past research, I was already well aware that many gummy vitamins of all different brands say they contain tree nuts.  While I’m glad they are being honest with consumers about this warning, it is disheartening to see it in a product that is made for such young children.

So, I passed the gummy vitamins and headed straight for the Flintstone vitamins.  After reading the labels and comparing, I was almost set to add the Flintstone vitamins to my grocery basket when I saw it.  On the back of the label there was a nut warning with coconut written in parenthesis.  (For the record, FAAN and most food allergy organizations do not consider coconut to be allergenic.)

My first thought was, “Are there really tree nuts in this vitamin formula or do are they considering coconut as a tree nut?”  This evening, I’m still not sure on that answer but have an email into the company with that exact question.  You can bet that if/when I hear anything back, I’ll share it here with you.

My vitamin adventure at the grocery store is just another reminder for the importance of checking, double checking, and triple checking ingredients for every food we eat…even the ones we’ve consumed safely before.

Ingredients change and labels change but our commitment to protecting our kids from food allergies can’t.

UPDATE AS OF 6/5/2012

After exchanging a few emails with Bayer about the new nut warning on the Flintstone vitamin bottles, a very sweet young man called me at home this afternoon to answer any additional questions I might have.  *Very impressed with their customer service!

The man I spoke with said the nut warning on the Flintstone Complete Vitamins is somewhat new and is due to FDA labeling regulations.  Although many well-established and informed organizations such as FAAN do not consider coconut to be a true tree nut, the FDA does…hence the change in labeling on this vitamin.

The sole reason the nut warning is now listed on the vitamin label is because coconut oil is used in these vitamins.  (The Bayer representative I spoke with said the vitamins contain no other tree nuts or peanuts, other than the coconut.)  The vitamin ingredients themselves have not recently changed, just the labeling requirements.

Interesting…but I’m definitely impressed with Bayer!

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8 thoughts on “Children’s Flintstone Vitamins Now Feature Nut Warning

  1. I know, that was a strange one to see! Because of the FDA rule, they have to say the “tree nuts” warning even though coconut is a fruit. We can have coconut so I have given these vitamins to my youngest, but the allergy warning threw me until I investigated with the company. I’m sure a lot of people wonder about this so thanks for the post!

  2. It was great to come across this post! I was just about to start my peanut and tree nut allergic son on Flintstones chewable vitamins, when I saw the warning on the back. My inquiries have also matched yours in that they say there are no peanut ingredients or ingredients derived from peanuts in this product. The person was a little more vague about tree nuts, saying that coconut oil was the only “tree nut”, but not necessarily giving details about derivatives or cross contact. Just wondering if you have continued to safely use these with your tree nut allergic son?

  3. I just called Bayer and spoke with a VERY friendly and helpful agent. Again thumbs up on customer service. However, while she said the same thing others have reported that the coconut is from coconut oil and there are no other nuts in the formula, she also added that THE RAW MATERIALS for the ingredients come from suppliers that used shared equipment and lines. Therefore they would NOT rule out cross contamination concerns. My son has been using flintstones for years with no problems, but we will now be looking for a different brand.

  4. Coconuts are not technically a tree nut. However, people with tree nut allergies, my daughter included, have a tendency to react to coconut the same way they do to tree nuts. We learned this the hard way with a trip to the ER.

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