Looks like the news is good, SCDers. *grin*
There are no allergins present in the facility where our Trader Joe's Organic Pumpkin is manufactured.
Our statement is voluntary, and just because another retailer or manufacturer doesn't have similar statements on their packaging doesn't mean they have separated their manufacturing processes.
Every supplier of Trader Joe's will follow a ten step cleaning process in between each production run. This includes breaking down the equipment and cleaning with a solution. They are very careful to process products that contain allergens separately then other. However this warning is on these products because there still is a chance of cross contamination.
We require FDA regulated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) program of our vendors. HACCP is a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and controlling food safety hazards. In addition, our Quality Assurance Team audits our vendors to monitor their facilities and practices.
Also, please know that all of our TJ'S labeled products will always have all ingredients used fully disclosed under the ingredients panel.
This is the only form of response we can give you to your inquiry,
therefore a company letterhead cannot be possible.
So according to Miss Nicki, there is nothing in the can other than pumpkin (as listed), and it's produced in an allergen free facility. If a Trader Joe's brand product is produced in a facility that has allergens, it will be clearly denoted on the label.
As she stated, she cannot provide me a letter on letterhead, so please use your best judgment when deciding if this product will fit your needs.
Hope that helps! :)