Frequently Asked Questions
What is the shelf life of Treasure Mills products?
Packaging requirements for fresh bakery goods are often minimal as many of the products are for immediate consumption. However, packaging can be an important factor in extending the shelf life of cakes, cookies and loafs. Some of the texture changes and flavour loss manifest over the shelf life of a soft-baked good can usually be minimized or delayed by effective use of packaging materials. At Treasure Mills we individually wrap and bake fresh all of our products to extend the bakery fresh shelf life to 21 days. Products placed in the freezer are wrapped individually, packed in rigid containers to prevent crushing can have a shelf life up to 6 months.
Where do I find products in my local retail store?
You can find snacks in the bakery section of your grocery store. They’re conveniently individually packaged, and in ‘just right’ portion-controlled servings for lunches and snacks.
Where can I buy Products?
Find bakery fresh products at these quality grocery retailers.
I see that products are made in a ‘peanut and nut free facility’ but what about tree-nuts?
Treasure Mills sources direct from manufacturers that operate nut and peanut free facilities. An allergic reaction can be produced by a tiny amount of ingredient that a person is sensitive to (for example a fragment of a peanut or just one or two sesame seeds).
Symptoms of all allergic reaction include stomach upsets, rashes, itching of the skin or mouth, swelling of the throat and difficulties breathing.
All prepackaged foods sold in Canada need to clearly show on the label if they contain one of the following as an ingredient (or if one of its ingredients contains , or is made from, one of these):
- Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts and Queensland nuts)
- Crustaceans (including prawns, crab and lobster)
- Molluscs (including squid, mussels, cockles, whelks and snails)
- Sesame seeds
- Cereals containing gluten (including wheat, rye, barley and oats)
- Sulphur dioxide/sulphites (preservatives uses in some foods and drinks) at levels above 10 mg per kg or per litre.
These statements aim to alert the consumer to the possible presence of an allergen in the food and to prevent the consumption of products labelled with a “may contain’ statement.
Treasure Mill’s policy is to declare all allergens on the package, with the ingredient list. We also place a “may contain’ warning on the package, where there is risk of unavoidable addition. We advise customers to read the label every time.
This is a list of the common food allergens that Treasure Mills lists:
- Tree Nuts*
- Sesame Seeds
- Fish, crustaceans and shellfish
- Sulphites > 10mg/kg
- Trans Fats
*(Tree Nuts =almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios or walnuts)
At Treasure Mills our storage, sourcing of ingredients, cleaning, packaging and testing systems have beenA put in place to help minimize allergen cross-contamination. At this time, it is impossible to test for all tree nut products as third party validation is not available
Does products contain trans fats?
All Treasure Mills products are prepared with no trans fat and can support the trans fat free claim symbol and have met the criteria set out by Health Canada. There are different types of fats in foods including saturated, unsaturated and trans fats. Choosing the right amount and types of fats can lower your risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease. Research shows a diet high in saturated and trans fat can lead to an increase in your total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL – C) levels, raising your risk for heart disease. Trans fats until recently were found in high amounts in processed foods containing partially hydrogenated oils and shortenings. Due to the negative health effects and mandatory package labelling of trans fat, the food supply has changed with manufacturers removing or reducing use of trans fats in their products.
What are the most common allergens in foods?
The amounts of allergens in foods can range from minute traces to the devastating and fatal. These are the most common: peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, seafood (fish, crustaceans and shellfish), soy, wheat and sulphites. This article explains each in clear and simple language.
What do you mean by Nutrition First?
Our ‘Nutrition First’ philosophy means not only healthy snack options, but snack foods that taste better thanks to the wholesome quality of their ingredients. Perhaps best known for our nut- and peanut-free production, Treasure Mills has always focused on making nutritious snack foods that taste great. Of course, our products meet or exceed the new health guidelines for schools, but they’re also enjoyed by people of all ages. Our and other Treasure Mills product lines offer the following nutritional benefits:
- Natural & quality ingredients
- No artificial flavours or colour
- Lower in salt, fat and sugar than traditional kids snacks
- Portion-controlled packaging
- Ingredient suppliers who ensure no nut or peanut contact
- Dedicated nut-, peanut- and sesame seed-free baking facility.
Does participate in fundraising programs for schools and sporting leagues for kids?
Treasure Mills, with its products, is a member of Fundraising Central. It’s a one-stop resource for products you can use in your fundraising efforts. Whether you’re fundraising for your organization, sports team or social committee, or helping fundraise for kids’ sports clubs or schools, we can help make yours a success. Your co-workers, clients, friends and family will know and trust quality. Learn more.
What causes allergic reactions?
Severe allergic reactions (e.g. anaphylactic reaction) occur when the body’s immune system strongly reacts to a particular allergen protein or irritant. These reactions may be caused by food, insect stings and medications. In Canada, the nine priority food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish (including crustaceans and shellfish), soy, wheat and sulphites.
What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?
When someone comes in contact with an allergen, the symptoms of a reaction may develop quickly and rapidly progress from mild to severe. The most dangerous symptoms include breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure or shock, which may result in loss of consciousness and even death. Severe allergic reactions can occur quickly and without warning. A person experiencing an allergic reaction may have any of the following symptoms:
- Flushed face, hives or a rash, red and itchy skin
- Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, throat and tongue
- Trouble breathing, speaking or swallowing
- Anxiousness, distress, faintness, paleness, sense of doom, weakness
- Cramps, diarrhea, vomiting
- A drop in blood pressure, rapid heart beat, loss of consciousness
How are food allergies and severe food allergy reactions treated?
Currently there is no cure for food allergies. The only option is complete avoidance of the specific allergen. Appropriate emergency treatment for a severe food allergy reaction includes an injection of epinephrine (adrenalin), which is available in an auto-injector, such as an EpiPen®. Adrenalin must be administered as soon as symptoms of a severe allergic reaction appear. The injection is followed by further treatment and observation in a hospital emergency room. If your allergist has diagnosed you with a food allergy and prescribed epinephrine, carry it with you all the time and know how to use it. Follow your allergist’s advice on how to use an EpiPen®.