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Banana Buffoonery

By Kramer - 15 December 2009 64

Reading the ABC story School puts the ban in banana, I had thought April Fools day had come twice this year. Yesterday press were invited to report on Kevin Rudd listening to student’s environmental concerns at O’Connor Cooperative School, and apparently the invite included a warning for members of the press not to attend if they had eaten a banana in the previous 12 hours because of allergy concerns!

I think the press would be more interested in the PM, than the students – and in the unlikely event the press do want to talk to a student, I don’t think they’ll be locking lips (McDondald’s style). So if a student can’t handle being near a person who has eaten a banana for breakfast, then maybe the student needs to: keep their distance from others; carry an epipen; or wear a face mask. Next year we’ll be banning water in schools.

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foodog 12:36 pm 25 Dec 09

I can’t believe that any “healthy natural food” could possibly be banned yet kids are allowed to take processed “snacks” made from artificial chemicals (Kramer, your strawberry flavored milk doesn’t have any real fruit at all) to school.
When we start to ban fruit from schools how in the hell are we supposed to educate kids to eat healthy
My youngest son gets a rash around his mouth when eating a strawberry but now after about 50 of them (he loves them and steals them from the fridge) his body has decided they must be ok and he doesn’t get it anymore.
What are you supposed to send to school for your children ? sandwiches ? Bloody hell look at the ingredients of bread, there should be 4, but now there is a whole heap of crap including vegetable oil these days.
So if anyone wants to save our kids from “food” start with the myriad of chemicals that companies are putting in it.

me70 7:11 pm 19 Dec 09

I have children with dairy allergies, which are thankfully not life threatening. They go to a school with a nut-free policy. The mother of one of the nut allergic children was telling me her child is so allergic, that if another child goes for example,on the play equipment or to the toilet after eating a peanut butter sandwich, the minute traces on their hands that can be left on the eqiupment or doors etc can cause an anaphalactic (sp?) reaction if the allergic child goes on the equipment, or pushes open a door etc ..they don’t even need to touch their mouths! This child is also allergic to eggs, and holding them (even in their shells!) can cause their skin to blister & peel!..However they need to eat the eggs to cause an anaphalactic reaction, hence only the nuts are banned at school. I am HUGELY thankful that our allergy issues are merely annoying & not life threatening…how can anyone suggest that a child with a life treatening allergy is not special enough to warrant everyone being alert? As for childcare not allowing nuts even without an allergic child there…what if there is an as yet undiagnosed allergy? Don’t centres take babies from 6 weeks?? Really, can children not have peanut butter sandwiches etc. at home after school or childcare??
(But back to the op…the banana thing does seem a bit ott!)

Special G 7:54 pm 17 Dec 09

The answer is to designate one school that is allergen (nuts, bananas, bee sting etc) free and then all the kids who have severe allergies can go to that school. Problem solved.

You know it makes sense.

Genie 4:18 pm 17 Dec 09

Personally i think schools are a little over the top with the whole allergy debate. I agree with GnT why is there allergy warnings in place if no one actually suffers from the allergy. Do you know how hard it is to explain to a young child that they cant take peanut butter or nutella sandwiches to school when that is ALL they will eat??? Comforting them when teachers take away their chocolate cake, biscuit etc… just because it MAY have a trace of nuts in them…

If a child is severally allergic – fine have a nut free ban (or whatever the allergy), but i really dont understand why the majority has to suffer for one odd child. None of this crap was around when i was in school.. the kid with peanut allergies had to eat their lunch next to the teacher and we would all be forced to clean our hands after eating. Simple!

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