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Warning: Nuts - We're All Mad Here
You can tell I'm mad because I have straw in my hair.
Warning: Nuts
Some people have children with peanut allergies. As these allergies can be life-threatening, this is doubtless a very scary thing for them. And I'm basically okay with "peanut-free zones" in schools and kids' gyms, although this is largely because I just don't care about this issue, and not because I necessarily think they're right to demand it.

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 aggravated
Auditory Hallucination: Delta Rae -- Bottom of the River

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merle_ From: merle_ Date: February 2nd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep a bowl of peanuts on my desk at work as a slightly more nutritional option than the candy at the front desk. There's a sticky note on the bowl boldly proclaiming "(warning: may contain peanuts)" because I thought it would be fun to add for those people who somehow cannot recognize a peanut.

If you die because you cannot be bothered to read, eh.
lavenderjones From: lavenderjones Date: February 2nd, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
arovd From: arovd Date: February 3rd, 2012 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I don't know here. If Cheerios werent such an ubiquitous first finger food for babies just learning to eat, I might agree with you. But I do kind of see a potential issue with having two foods that look exactly the same, one of which is deadly. And the target population can't read yet.
I don't know about anyone else, but my toddler will pull nasty old stale dirty Cheerios out of the cracks between the car seats and wolf then down before you can say lickety split. They're like toddler crack.
javac From: javac Date: February 5th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a peanut-allergic kid, and this is sorta ridiculous. Parents really should be reading everything closely! I am a little worried about the cross-contamination if they make this on the same equipment as some of the other flavors. Food companies aren't required to disclose this! :(
javac From: javac Date: February 5th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agh! The box is really, really close to the design of the normal multigrain cherios box so I understand the concern a little better.
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