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Uhhhhhhh... Anyone understand even vaguely about the nut warning / non warning?

mat says:

Yeah, I can. I used to laugh at these too until some guy with a VERY nut allergic (bad like, if he's touched nuts, he needs to near-surgically scrub up before going near her) daughter explained that even apparently-useless info like that could save her life. The detailed labelling can be a bit confusing, in this case: the recipe calls for no nuts, the factory it's made in does not have nuts, but the ingredients used may be micro-contaminated from elsewhere.

Knowing that will be enough for nut-Dad to know that this stuff is not safe around his daughter. Other people, with less bad allergies, should be OK. Labelling like this only helps the extremely allergic, but it helps them in a "might just save your life" kind of way. It's also Tesco covering their ass just in case anyone does die from an errant drop of peanut oil or something.

15th Jan 2007, 14:10

FilbertFox says:

yup. I have a nephew is very allergic to all sorts of things, it does take a bit og getting used to understanding the labels.

And the best bit of safety advice "Do not store knifes in children"

15th Jan 2007, 14:13

mat says:

one of the best pieces of advice for living I ever got was from a box of matches:

"Keep dry, and away from children"

15th Jan 2007, 14:16

Alfie says:

Cheers; I can appreciate the usefulness of this to those extremely allergic, it was just the wording! I mean, there's no nuts, made in a factory with no nuts, but we can't guarantee that there are no nuts... i.e what exactly? Someone might have walked along with a syringe post-packing and injected nut oil into this bottle? Weerd.

15th Jan 2007, 14:40

mat says:

The factory that bottled the oil may not be the factory that pressed the oil in the first place - that factory might have nuts in.

15th Jan 2007, 14:44

Alfie says:

surely they'd then have to have two factory ident. warnings? This single one implies that all creation/processing and bottling took place at one plant no?

15th Jan 2007, 14:45

Alfie says:

ah sorry - yes, hence the ingredients warning.

15th Jan 2007, 14:45

Blue Eyes says:

you could live in Kalfornia where even buildings have labels "this building contains materials that are known to cause cancer in lab animules."

15th Jan 2007, 15:29