Food labels and the case of a tuna can

I have never paid too much attention to food labels
mainly because I tend to cook from scratch using fresh ingridients

and apart from being allergic to mosquito bites and other insect bites
I have no other allergies that I know of


One of the foods that I love and cant' make from scratch is tinned tuna
it is handy for adding to salads especially this time of the year

I have a favourite brand but when I went to my local supermarket today
it was sold out!

I had to settle for a different brand and had to read the label to make sure that it was
tuna in brine or spring water!

To my amazement/amusement it had a large label in red
that said ALLERGY WARNING, CONTAINS FISH! ;-)


I let out an involuntary laugh which puzzled other
shoppers.

Let's face it why would a can of tuna cause anyone to laugh
in the middle of a supermarket aisle;-)

Have you had a similar experience over a food label?

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Lalita du Perron

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Food labels and the case of a tuna can

When I first lived in India I was surprised to see peas in the market. I'd never seen a pea in a pod. Sad or what?! Now I love shelling peas (I find it therapeutic) and you can get them in supermarkets if you keep an eye out. Ida, though I agree the fish warning seems superfluous general allergy warnings ARE useful as people with nut allergies (often children) could die from even a trace. And I can understand that the government could get into trouble for saying "put a label on products other than the bleeding obvious" - that could be a can of worms (WARNING: contains worms). :-) When I waitressed in Pizza Express as a student a customer asked me if the tuna in the salade nicoise was dolphin-friendly. As a militant vegetarian (in those days) I had never heard of this concept and replied: well maybe, but it's not very tuna-friendly. Ha ha. I got into a lot of trouble over that one :-) Cross-cultural and language training for people working with India.

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Fay Olinsky

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Food labels and the case of a tuna can

The pine nuts are safe for nut allergy sufferers usually but if they are processed using the same equipment as peanuts etc then the traces will get in...It seems cleaning of equipment does not go on between types of food processing in most places.....no point...it wears the equipment out faster! I bought a pineapple in Waitrose in a provincial town and the young lad serving asked what it was? I balked at his ignorance..'A pineapple' I stated....'No they come in rings, I know my mum gives them to us with custard' It turns out he actually went to a good school. I despair...blimey we always knew what things were even if we had never seen them. By the time bananas came after the war we knew all about them from the Charlie Chaplin movies and from the Beano and Dandy...Education? Codswallop... give the kids a few old comics :) Oh how I long for some good old fashioned common sense and humour. Fay A Personal Chef for your Special Event Dinner Is Served club moderator, you are welcome to join

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Louis Sequeira

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Food labels and the case of a tuna can

I was kidding about suing, in the last line Ida. I did ask the food packagers and they told me that the wording had to be as per govt. rules, they could not alter them The rules states that the package should mention "May contain traces of nuts". The same for a jar of peanut butter etc...

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Ida "ethical gifts" Horner

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Food labels and the case of a tuna can

LOL Louis, who knows, bad hair day or something;-) Ethnic Supplies View my page on Business Fights Poverty >>

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Louis Sequeira

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Food labels and the case of a tuna can

Packet of pine nuts, required to have a warning according to the Govt.: I wonder if I could sue the guys for false information, the bag did not contain "traces" but whole nut kernels.

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