Maybe A ‘May Contain Nuts’ Label Should Be Slapped On The Council?

September 22, 2011 19 Comments
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Council chiefs in Bath have called for food labelling to be tightened up after finding traces of nuts in chocolate sold in the area.

OUTRAGE! All products should be labelled as su…

Oh:

All 35 chocolate products tested for Bath and North East Somerset Council contained the warning “may contain nuts”.

And what’s wrong with that?

I mean, are you seriously telling me that the council spent good money testing products labelled ‘may contain nuts’ and found that yes, they did indeed contain nuts? And that this is somehow a problem?

But the council is backing a call by the Food Standards Agency for allergy warnings on packaging to be reassessed amid confusion over the different phrases used by manufacturers.

What confusion? It’s perfectly clear to me, and to anyone with a room temperature IQ.

…“may contain” warning messages were leading to complacency and confusion amongst consumers, particularly young adults such as students about to start independent living for the first time.

Are they suggesting that this is a deadly problem for young adults who have previously relied on mummy and daddy for food safety? Who have never read food packaging before? Even on chocolate?

Council cabinet member Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield) said: “Until there is a consistent and reliable approach to allergy warnings, consumers – particularly those in high risk groups – need to be aware of the potential risks they face by not only ignoring notices but also failing to read the ingredients lists. We hope that by raising awareness of the current broad brush approach to food allergy labelling, we can help local families to look out for their children’s safety.“Consumers should also be aware of the voluntary nature of such warning labels as there is no legal obligation for food manufacturers to include them on packaging – so the lack of a warning does not necessarily guarantee that a product is ‘nut-free’.”

So, why didn’t you test EVERYTHING ELSE that didn’t have the label ‘may contain nuts’ on it?

The council has been working closely with the national charity the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which offers support and advice to nut allergy sufferers – including the one child in every 50 who is allergic to nuts.Spokeswoman Moira Austin said: “The charity supports and welcomes the highlighting of the important issues raised in the council’s report. Teenagers and young adults are particularly at risk of severe and fatal reactions and studies suggest that they are more likely to take risks, especially with regards to ignoring “may contain nuts” warnings on products and with failing to carry their adrenaline injectors.”

There’s absolutely nothing that anyone can do about people that ignore written warnings put there for their safety.

But we can surely do something about the unnecessary waste of council money that this has sucked up, can’t we?

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19 Responses to Maybe A ‘May Contain Nuts’ Label Should Be Slapped On The Council?

  1. September 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    The question in the title doesn’t need an answer. If you’re going to put a label on them it should say “Will contain nuts.”‘ As for the myriad labels on food I’ve got one simple one that could replace literally all of them:

    “You ate it.”

    • September 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Great heading but there’s no “may” about it. You will enjoy the list of councillors – link to democracy.bathnes.gov.uk – which includes

      Cabinet Member for Wellbeing – and (separate post) Member Champion for Health Issues, Community Consultation & Wellbeing Education

      Member Champion for Human Rights

      Member Champion for Climate Change (it seems the Lib Dems are in favour of it here, does adulterer Huhne know?)

      Member Champion for Children and Young People – and (separate post) Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children, and Youth

      Member Champion for Cycling – which is separate from Cabinet Member for Transport.

      • September 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

        GAH! :evil:

  2. September 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Personally I would take all labels off all products and let nature take it’s course. When I was young, there were very few of these allergies due to the fact that children were exposed to low levels of contaminents from an early age.

    Instead of wrapping kids in cotton wool and permanently trying to disinfect them,let them build natural immunity. It worked for me.

  3. Bill
    September 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    My wife bought me a packet of HAZELNUTS from Holland & Barret nobbut a week ago… you know what’s coming
    On the back was some allergy advice… can you guess yet what it said?

    MAY CONTAIN NUTS

    Directly underneath this lunacy was an ‘ingredients box which said

    “100% HAZELNUTS”

    I really, really wish this was a joke.

    • September 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

      *weeps*

  4. Thornavis.
    September 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The Anaphylaxis campaign, WTF ? Have we come to this, a physiological process has acquired a campaign ? I suppose all bees, wasps ants and some spiders will have to be licensed now and wear Hi-viz jackets ( the wasps have got there already ) and you won’t be able to go near a bee hive without a risk assessment.

    • Bill
      September 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      Going off topic but I think we should all wear hi viz jackets/vests/hats as a matter of course. The hi viz is used as symbol of oppression by the state so its high time we reduced it irrelevance by having it universally adopted.

  5. nisakiman
    September 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    It won’t be too long before we start getting dire warnings of the dangers of Second Hand Anaphylaxis. Still, look on the bright side. They’ll have lots more stuff to try to ban. Should keep them side-tracked for a while.

  6. September 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    How can we suddenly have a population where 2% of people have an allergy to nuts? I simply don’t believe that 2% of children have a dangerous reaction to nuts sufficient to be affected by the trace quantity from a shared production site in an essentially non-nut product.

    • September 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      This allergy is actually contagious. If one child in a class turns out to have a nut allergy it’s quite common for it to spread and infect half the school. There’s no other rational explanation for the number of people who say they’ve got a nut allergy.

  7. Moppy
    September 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    How did I know the councillor would be a LibDem? This is the sort of “stuff” that has kept them going whilst they had no chance of power.

    They still cant let go of the nonsense.

  8. September 23, 2011 at 2:25 am

    All foodstuffs to be labelled “Oi, pissed up STUDENT WITH NUT ALLERGY, this product may contain NUTS! Put it down, NOW”

  9. September 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I don’t geddit. Some people with nut allergies, don’t bother to read warnings and forget to carry their medication so the government must do something.
    WTF can they do about that?

    • September 24, 2011 at 6:01 am

      Gawd knows, a[part from spend even more of our money employing food testers and PR staff.

      Hey, maybe that’s the goal?

      • September 25, 2011 at 1:34 am

        That and a new pictogram (or whatever they are called) with a photo of a large peanut and an exclamation point indicating DANGER. ;)

  10. DaveK
    September 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    My only surprise at this article is that the change is not already part of some EU directive.

  11. Lord T
    September 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I think we should put ‘Contains nuts’ on everything, including water, and that way it will starve them out or they will discover that they actually don’t have an allergy after all. The live ones that is.

    • Bill
      September 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Actually there is a video kicking around the web, sorry cannot remember where, which shows just how gullible people are because the film makers set up stand on the street to get people to sign up for a campain to ban H20 and hundreds did!

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