Local parents unhappy with menu changes at McDonalds
Possibility of peanuts will drive some customers away
A recent announcement by McDonalds Canada has left a bad taste in the mouth of local parents of children with allergies.
“As a guest driven company, McDonalds Canada is constantly evolving our menu and introducing new items and new ingredients,” the company said in a media statement earlier this month. “We are making a significant change to our menu and our operational procedures as it relates to allergens.”
It goes on to explain that the first of its new menu items would be a Skor McFlurry, making it the first product produced with non-packaged peanut, or tree nuts.
“That means the possibility exists for cross-contact be- tween nuts and other menu item,” explained the release.
Starr Smith, a local mother of three, feels it is a step backward for the fast food restaurant.
“Most restaurants are coming out with gluten-free menus, no trans fats, peanut/nut free and they are introducing nuts,” she said.
Smith said that with the severity of her youngest child’s allergies, the family can no longer dine at the restaurant.
“Only be when he is not with us that we would be able to eat there and that doesn’t happen very often,” she said.
“He doesn’t have to ingest nuts to have a reaction as we quickly found out at a very early age for him.”
Another mother also said she is disappointed by the announcement.
“As an allergy family, your choices are so limited as it is,” said Martine Sing Russell of Marystown. “McDonalds has always been our ‘go to’ especially when we travel.
“We knew it was safe and didn’t have to worry about searching for a place where they could eat because there are McDonalds everywhere.”