Peanuts: The Salted Killer
There’s something out there, and it’s after our children. We’ve banned them from our schools, our airlines, and our public cafeterias – but still – no one is safe. No, I’m not talking about handguns or gang colours. I’m talking about peanuts.
The discussion of a completely, peanut-free city comes after urgings from Hamilton Health Science in yesterday’s Public Health committee meeting. “There’s at least three children in this city whose allergic reaction to peanuts are so strong, that even having products containing peanuts in their neighbourhood may trigger anaphylaxis.”
If city council accepts Hamilton Health Science’s recommendations, as of July 14th, 2013, peanuts will be barred from Hamilton, making it the first city in North America to completely ban a food item.
: “Don’t take our nuts away!”
In a quick response to the proposal, Fortinos released a statement: “Although allergies threaten some Hamiltonians, It’s our belief that business can just minimize the risk of exposure. In the spirit of free business practices, we raise a petition against banning nuts of any description.”
Experts say proposal “Unrealistic”
Even the experts at the Peanut Bureau of Canada, a group that claims peanuts are a safe snack, concedes this bylaw will be a tough nut to crack. Enforcement will be costly, and nearly impossible. Containment, however, is well within our grasp. Councillor Brenda Johnson said, in response, “If they can ban pork and alcohol in Mali – an entire country – we can do it one small, Canadian city….for the sake of the children! Hamilton will be to peanuts, what Alberta is to rats. And the world will love us for it.”
Will a peanut-free Hamilton make us a progressive, world-class city, or a city of world-class nuts? The answer remains to be seen. Council meets on this issue on Monday, April 29th.