Skip to comments.Ontario school bans soy spread because it looks too much like peanut butter
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.
Theres 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 childs 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
theyve chosen the education route, said Mr. Mahon. The Thames Valley School Board has chosen to not educate and restrict it just doesnt make any sense.
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Why do they still serve peanuts on airplanes if this such a major issue?
Better ban a Baby Ruth bar too, cause we know what that sort of resembles ...
Could that be the plan? More government forced dependency.
It's unfair that anybody enjoys anything.
It must be stopped.
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.
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.................
Hey, it's no big deal ...
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.
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.
This is primitive thinking. Let’s ban chocolate because it looks like crap!
Peanut allergies....products of victim mommies who want to control the lives of others.
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
Try this website:
10 people die every year from peanut allergies.
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
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.
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.
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.
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