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Really? Seriously? Part 2…

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We’re pretty sure that our youngest has a nut allergy – at least to tree nuts, but since tree nut and peanut allergies often go hand in hand, we are keeping nuts of all types away from both of the young ‘uns. We’ll know for sure when he is tested in January, but for now we’re erring on the side of caution.

So when we discovered this soy-based peanut butter substitute, we were darned thrilled! Here was a sandwich spread that both of the little ones LIKED – and that can be a challenge sometimes, as any parent knows – and it was nut-free. I imagine that there are quite a few parents like us who think likewise,

Of course, good things sometimes don’t last forever and I am afraid that this may be the fate of the WowButter. A School Board – The Thames valley School Board – has banned the product in children’s’ lunches because it, uh, looks too much like peanut butter and could be mistaken for peanut butter.

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.”

Really? Seriously?

WowButter even goes above and beyond to ensure that their product isn’t mistaken for the real thing:

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.

And I’m not a parent who poo-poos the whole allergy thing. Daughter #2 DID have a peanut allergy until she was 5 years old, when she grew out of it. We know the seriousness of these things and fully support the decision by schools to ban peanut products – the real stuff.

But there is no evidence that confusion between the real thing and the soy thing has resulted in any adverse health outcome. Nothing.

And then I see a Tweet from someone in Orleans that they had received a letter from the school asking that soy-based butter not be sent in kids’ lunches.

I’m hoping that this is a school-isolated decision and not OCDSB policy!


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