Lo­cal par­ents un­happy with menu changes at McDon­alds

Pos­si­bil­ity of peanuts will drive some cus­tomers away

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY COLIN FAR­RELL TRANS­PORTA­TION

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.”

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