Here's something that they're certainly not right to demand, though: that General Mills stop making its new Peanut Butter Cheerios because the parents' peanut-allergic kids might be too careless to tell the difference. They cite concern that kids might take them from someone else without knowing that they contain peanut. Is this really a new problem? Is this new version of Cheerios the first product to contain peanuts without the words "WARNING: PEANUTS" stamped on each individual piece?
If your child is allergic to a food, you need to teach that child how to read labels, both the big words on the front and the small ones under the nutrition information. You need to tell that child not to accept food of uncertain provenance. And while you should certainly inform others responsible for your child's care of your child's allergy, you should not attempt to get a food staple wiped off of the face of the Earth, lest your child come into contact with it.
I don't have the commitment necessary to mount a counter-campaign against this, but I know who does. I need a Ouija board, a stick of chalk, six drippy candles, a clay bowl, a jar of Planters and a hammer. Tonight, I'm summoning up the vengeful ghost of George Washington Carver, and I'm going to show him this article. That ought to quiet down this nonsense for a while.
Mood of the Moment: aggravated
Auditory Hallucination: Delta Rae -- Bottom of the River