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Ontario school bans soy spread because it looks too much like peanut butter
The National Post ^ | October 13, 2011 | Tristin Hopper

Posted on 10/13/2011 6:02:06 AM PDT by Melissa 24

A London, Ont., school board has banned peanut butter substitutes simply because they could be confused with their peanut counterparts, angering parents already frustrated by efforts to find an acceptable lunch their kids will eat.

In a recent memo, Thames Valley District school board director Bill Tucker wrote that “any products considered to be a peanut butter replacement are no more appropriate in our schools than regular peanut butter.”

Parents were asked to “avoid using peanut butter and peanut butter alternatives because of the difficulty in being able to distinguish alternatives from the real thing.”

“There’s a lot of upset parents,” said Scott Mahon, maker of WowButter, a “safe for school” soy-based spread marketed as tasting “just like peanut butter.” Manufactured one hour north of London, WowButter was specifically named in the district-wide memo.

To combat mix-ups with real peanut butter, WowButter promotes an elaborate step-by-step labeling program. On the first day of school, WowButter parents send a prepared letter to the child’s teacher indicating their intention to pack the product in school lunches. From then on, every sandwich bag or container carried by the child is affixed with a “100% peanut and nut free” label provided by the company.

The company ships across North America, but so far, London is the only school district to raise hackles over the issue, said Mr. Mahon. “This is the frustrating part; we have hundreds of schools across Canada who have requested free samples and information … they’ve chosen the education route,” said Mr. Mahon. “The Thames Valley School Board has chosen to not educate and restrict – it just doesn’t make any sense.”

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allergy; children; governmentschools; peanuts; schools
Next thing you know the kids will only be able to eat what's fed to them in the lunchroom. NO FOOD FROM HOME! Geez!
1 posted on 10/13/2011 6:02:11 AM PDT by Melissa 24
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To: Melissa 24

Why do they still serve peanuts on airplanes if this such a major issue?


2 posted on 10/13/2011 6:04:25 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Melissa 24

Better ban a Baby Ruth bar too, cause we know what that sort of resembles ...

Libtards ....


3 posted on 10/13/2011 6:05:15 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Melissa 24
"Next thing you know the kids will only be able to eat what's fed to them in the lunchroom. NO FOOD FROM HOME! Geez!"

Could that be the plan? More government forced dependency.

4 posted on 10/13/2011 6:05:24 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Melissa 24

5 posted on 10/13/2011 6:05:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Melissa 24
If anyone is denied something, everyone must be denied it.

It's unfair that anybody enjoys anything.

It must be stopped.

6 posted on 10/13/2011 6:05:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: rawhide
Why do they still serve peanuts on airplanes if this such a major issue?

They were banned, for a long time; but the customers kept pressure up until Management was forced to remove their heads from a dark and unhygenic portion of their body. Now we can all enjoy a choice between pretzels, peanuts and biscotti cookies with our dixie cup of soda.

7 posted on 10/13/2011 6:07:54 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Melissa 24
“This is the frustrating part; we have hundreds of schools across Canada who have requested free samples and information … they’ve chosen the education route,” said Mr. Mahon.

No, this IS THE FRUSTRATING PART Mr Mahon,...that you have idiots in charge of your school districts. If they are elected, I suggest you back a campaign to throw their stupid liberal asses out post haste.................

8 posted on 10/13/2011 6:08:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Hodar
"Better ban a Baby Ruth bar too, cause we know what that sort of resembles ..."

Hey, it's no big deal ...


9 posted on 10/13/2011 6:10:12 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Secede?! Y'all better just be thankful we don't invade ...)
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To: Melissa 24

So, these peanut allergies have become so common that peanut products must be totally banned from schools? Never even heard of peanut allergies until the past couple of decades.


10 posted on 10/13/2011 6:10:51 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Melissa 24

I can kind of see the school board’s point.

IF you insist that a peanut butter ban is needed and must be enforced, then you can’t have people bringing in products that look exactly like peanut butter.

Would make enforcement impossible.

I would find it interesting to see some statistics on severe peanut reactions in schools over the last couple decades and the extent to which these bans have been effective at reducing them.


11 posted on 10/13/2011 6:12:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Melissa 24

This is primitive thinking. Let’s ban chocolate because it looks like crap!


12 posted on 10/13/2011 6:13:06 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Will88

Peanut allergies....products of victim mommies who want to control the lives of others.


13 posted on 10/13/2011 6:16:55 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Will88
THE MAJORITY OF SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES ARE DIRECTLY CAUSED BY VACCINATIONS

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/the-peanut-allergy-epidemic-is-a-man-made-epidemic-caused-by-vaccinations

in my own personal experience...I contracted...at age 50 massive food allergies and Guillain-Barre and CIDP from my first ever flu shot....
12 years later and nothing has gotten better.....

we, as a nation need to seriously look into our vaccination priorities

14 posted on 10/13/2011 6:19:38 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Sherman Logan

Try this website:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peanut-allergy/DS00710


15 posted on 10/13/2011 6:19:59 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: AppyPappy

10 people die every year from peanut allergies.


16 posted on 10/13/2011 6:19:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Pearls Before Swine
This is primitive thinking. Let’s ban chocolate because it LOOKS like crap!

like the Clinton admin. banned AR 15s with bayonet lugs and flash hiders because it made the guns LOOK ominous....

and the same laws still apply here in NY...so you can own an AR or AK as long as they do not have the evil bayonet lugs and flash hiders...and if you can locate the many pre ban hi cap magazines...you can own those too....just don't ad a bayonet lug to a post ban gun or you become a felon in NY

17 posted on 10/13/2011 6:24:53 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Melissa 24

We have the capability to clean, process and package all of our products on site at our 20,000 Sq. Ft. facility, located near Stratford, Ontario, Canada. We are able to maintain a high quality standard by controlling the entire process from start to finish within our facility. Our plant and products are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Kosher certified and 100% PEANUT FREE and NUT FREE.

http://www.soybutter.com/wowbutter.html


18 posted on 10/13/2011 6:26:59 AM PDT by Snowyman
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To: Sacajaweau

About 10,000 children are hospitalized annually with traumatic brain injuries from sports, 2,000 children drown each year, and about 1,300 die in gun accidents.

If I thought my child would die from peanut butter, I wouldn’t send them to school. The risk is too great. Since the schools are full of kids with Sudden Peanut Death Syndrome, I can only conclude that the death of the child just isn’t a big deal to the parents. Or that the peanut thing just isn’t that big a problem.


19 posted on 10/13/2011 6:27:18 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Melissa 24

I’m allergic to ragweed. I hereby order all plants to stop flowering, pollinating and germinating. I also order all fake plants to be confiscated and incinerated since they might be mistaken for the real thing.


20 posted on 10/13/2011 6:29:43 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: Melissa 24

Dye the soy stuff green or blue and make the school board eat it. If they like it the kids can have it. Artificial problem solved with artificial color.


21 posted on 10/13/2011 6:30:52 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: Will88

Decades? It was only about 6-8 years ago that the airlines were handing them out to passengers.


22 posted on 10/13/2011 6:31:36 AM PDT by Melissa 24 (I Brake For Epiphanies)
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To: rawhide
Why do they still serve peanuts on airplanes if this such a major issue?

I was on a flight 2 weeks ago where we were told - because someone in your section (about 15-18 rows in the back of a 767) has a peanut allergy, we will not be serving you peanuts.

Only in the USA (and Canada)!

23 posted on 10/13/2011 6:36:58 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Melissa 24

School districts have indeed instituted such rules.


24 posted on 10/13/2011 6:38:23 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: chainsaw

There are 8 foods that cause the considerable majority of food allergies:

• Cow’s milk
• Eggs
• Fish
• Peanuts
• Shellfish
• Soy
• Tree nuts
• Wheat

It seems odd to me that peanuts have been banned in schools while the others continue to be allowed. Is there some reason for this?


25 posted on 10/13/2011 6:42:00 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sacajaweau

..........in 2002, the last year I could quickly find statistics, there were 26 deaths and 4,500 injuries at Public Schools.

Instead of peanut butter, let’s ban “public” schools AND NEA teachers!


26 posted on 10/13/2011 6:43:11 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Hodar
.....dooky!
27 posted on 10/13/2011 6:51:50 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Melissa 24

I truly think that is the plan! In our school district, it seemed as if they were begging people to sign up for the free lunch—and breakfast!—program. I can’t tell you how many notices, robo-calls, etc., I received about it. Word on the street is that many people signed up who are not needy (really, how poor do you have to be to not be able to afford a bowl of cereal and sandwich for your child), but who are taking advantage of the system and the fact that the schools seem to want more free-lunch students! Plus, at my son’s school, some busybody parents are trying to shame anyone who sends their kids’ lunches in with any disposable items—Ziploc bags, juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks, etc. It’s maddening.


28 posted on 10/13/2011 6:53:17 AM PDT by Hothouse Flower
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To: Sherman Logan

You posted, in part: IF you insist that a peanut butter ban is needed and must be enforced, then you can’t have people bringing in products that look exactly like peanut butter.
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There is some validity in what you say, but it leads to some troublesome results: Water must be banned because it looks just like vodka, gin or grain alcohol, which are, of course, prohibited. Similarly, iced tea can easily be visually confused with bourbon, so it is out.

In fact, on the outside, ANY sandwich whose contents are not sticking out looks just like a peanut butter sandwich.


29 posted on 10/13/2011 6:55:07 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Sacajaweau
10 people die every year from peanut allergies.

Same people? I guess they are slow learners.






OK...it was a bit of a wise-a** comment...my bad.

30 posted on 10/13/2011 6:55:12 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Hodar

Why do they still serve peanuts on airplanes if this such a major issue?

They were banned, for a long time


I don’t think there was an actual ban. I think it was just a choice by the airlines, like their absurd choice to prohibit use of electronic devices at certain times.


31 posted on 10/13/2011 6:56:41 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Although I in no way support the over-the-top reactions and policies of parents, schools, etc. on this subject I will concede that the reactions involved in peanut allergies are often swift and violent especially compared to the others on your list. This is why many peanut-allergic individuals carry syringes/injectors at all times in case of exposure.


32 posted on 10/13/2011 7:01:41 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: AppyPappy

About 10,000 children are hospitalized annually with traumatic brain injuries from sports, 2,000 children drown each year, and about 1,300 die in gun accidents.


Whoa, Nellie!

The number of kids age 1-14 that are killed annually in gun accidents (2008 most recent data) is 62, not 1300. You are off by a factor of 21.

Drowning is 704

“Struck by/against” is 78, and is the only category that would include sports-caused fatalities.

http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10_us.html


33 posted on 10/13/2011 7:03:51 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Tainan

LOL


34 posted on 10/13/2011 7:05:39 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: PGR88

I think on my next flight I will notify the airline that I am allergic to alcohol. Let’s see if they stop serving it for my flight.


35 posted on 10/13/2011 7:07:35 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: PGR88
I was on a flight 2 weeks ago where we were told - because someone in your section (about 15-18 rows in the back of a 767) has a peanut allergy, we will not be serving you peanuts.

Would have been the perfect opportunity to say "That's OK...I have several yummy peanut-based snacks right here in my bag. I think I'm in the mood to share."

36 posted on 10/13/2011 7:16:19 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If you don't vote for the best candidate, you're no different than a draft-dodger.)
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To: Melissa 24

You know I have an idiot allergy, think I’ll enroll in their school and demand all idiots be removed from school, along with their substitute idiots.


37 posted on 10/13/2011 7:20:31 AM PDT by Lockbox (`)
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To: Melissa 24

That’s right up there with the ban on texting at red lights. It’s all about government and its power, which is the priority for liberals.


38 posted on 10/13/2011 7:29:27 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: rawhide

My wife has a peanut allergy and it can be very serious. She was almost done in by a McDonalds Sundae as a kid. I have kissed her hours after eating peanuts and she would swell up like a blowfish.

But even she is not insane enough to think that peanuts should be banned from the public sphere.


39 posted on 10/13/2011 7:30:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: AppyPappy

>>If I thought my child would die from peanut butter, I wouldn’t send them to school<<

Oh Holy Lord, thank You for blessing us with the Voice of Reason on this thread!

I got into a tiff with a FREEPER (of all people) who told me her grandkid would die within seconds from the smell of peanuts. Therefore all peanut products should be banned in schools.

I said, “Why in the world would that mother take such a risk with the life of her child?!? That is neglect. Keep the kid at home. Homeschool.”

She was taken aback and told me I was cruel.


40 posted on 10/13/2011 7:37:15 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Lockbox

>>You know I have an idiot allergy, think I’ll enroll in their school and demand all idiots be removed from school, along with their substitute idiots.<<

Today, my FRiend, you win the interwebs!


41 posted on 10/13/2011 7:40:06 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Sacajaweau
10 people die every year from peanut allergies.

Then the risk is essentially zero. Ten times that many die just from being struck by lightning.

42 posted on 10/13/2011 7:45:05 AM PDT by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: rfreedom4u
I think on my next flight I will notify the airline that I am allergic to alcohol. Let’s see if they stop serving it for my flight.

Or suppose you told them you are allergic to muslims. I'll bet the airline would advise you not fly. The same principle should apply to people that are allergic to peanuts.

43 posted on 10/13/2011 8:14:23 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

BTW, I *am* allergic to muslims and I *do not* fly!


44 posted on 10/13/2011 8:15:42 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: netmilsmom

Oddly, my experience has been that peanut allergies are usually held to boys, they cause instant dramatic horrific death and they include all types of nuts (even though peanuts are not nuts). The mothers always try to control the environment in order to prevent a lunchroom scene that rivals the evisceration of William Wallace.

Children with milk allergies tend to lose the death allergic reaction because of small amounts of exposure that can’t be helped. Eventually the moms just give up trying to prevent the small exposures.


45 posted on 10/13/2011 8:36:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: netmilsmom
Thanks very much, does the prize come with a picture of Ann Coulter?
46 posted on 10/13/2011 8:56:02 AM PDT by Lockbox (`)
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To: Melissa 24

A study in New Zealand revealed that over 90% of peanut allergy diagnoses are false positives. They way to really tell is to go the the hospital and eat a bowl of peanuts. If you react, you are allergic, if not, Bon Appetit.

90%


47 posted on 10/13/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Lockbox
Here's a picture of Ann giving the "Twinkles" hand signal.

She approves of your post!

48 posted on 10/13/2011 9:38:29 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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