Council chiefs in Bath have called for food labelling to be tightened up after finding traces of nuts in chocolate sold in the area.
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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?