When Food Allergy Warnings Go Too Far
I’ve grown more sensitive to the problem of food allergies, not because my son has experienced any so far, but because I have several friends and family members who deal with them. In my quest to make safe cupcakes for my cutie niece, I discovered that peanut-related issues lurk in cake frosting, of all things! Fascinated, I’ve become a bit of a label reader.
A few weeks ago, I indulged in a wholesome snack and read the label as if an 8-year-old studying a cereal box at the breakfast table. Here’s what it said (caps theirs):
ALLERGY INFORMATION AND CAUTIONS. CONTAINS: TREE NUTS. Packed in a facility that handles peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, wheat and egg products.
Totally helpful, right? I especially found the milk, soy, wheat and egg products info interesting. The other stuff? Not so much. Why?
Because this is what I was eating:
For chrissakes, people.
While I want to ask Are we really that dumb? I can’t; because I know that indeed we are. You only have to recall the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit of 1994 (and yes, I did just send you youngins to Wiki) for a charming reminder of our country’s litigious tendencies. You know some clown would munch away on almonds and then sue the almond people for failing to warn him that the package contained tree nuts. I mean, how’s he supposed to know almonds grow on trees?