2006-04-20 1014 Opinion: This question may contain nuts

This question may contain nuts

I’ve a question for you. Do you have, or do you know any one who has, a nut allergy?

If so how come you’ve not starved to death?

I’m asking because here in the UK it seems like every single food item that’s for sale contains the line above, no matter how implausible it might be. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw it on a carton of milk. I’ve seen it on bottled water before.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that a nut allergy is a serious thing. I know it it’s potentially fatal. But I also know that the labels are there not for your benefit, but to protect the companies from stupid-but-litigious people. They’re not there to help you at all, but to protect them from the kind of people who sue MacDonald’s because they burnt themselves on hot coffee.

So I’m wondering whether the people with nut allergies just ignore these labels and take the chance, or whether they just accept their fate and face famine.

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