Tesco’s nut-warning labelling madness

The supermarket has gone too far by slapping a blanket 'May contain nuts' on nearly everything

Share

 

If, like me, you have an allergy, you spend a lot of your life checking the labels of food in supermarkets, or asking in cafes and restaurants if a dish or a sandwich contains nuts, eggs, kiwi or any number of things that can trigger an anaphylactic shock or even death. Only in the past decade have supermarkets and suppliers become more careful about labelling. Yet Tesco has surely gone too far the other way and are now slapping a blanket “May contain nuts” or “Cannot guarantee nut free” on nearly everything.

This would be fine if it were chocolate bars or biscuits presumably manufactured on the same line as those that contain nuts. But this week campaigners on Twitter have highlighted wafer-thin ham, bags of new potatoes and Indian tonic water as potentially containing nuts. Tesco’s explanation is as wafer thin as its ham – it says it must label anything that may have come into contact with an allergen. Yet with its blanket labelling, which the Food Standards Agency advises against, Tesco seems to be saying that it doesn’t know what’s in any of its products. Worse, it could be just as risky because nut allergy sufferers like me could simply disregard them.

Lucky 7? Give me 23 any day

The world’s favourite number was revealed this week, and the winner is seven. To my relief, I should add, because this means my favourite, 23, is kept lucky just for me and the slightly obsessive people who believe in the “23 enigma”.

This was the subject of a film starring Jim Carrey, and believers - including those who think there’s an Illuminati and the great but bonkers novelist William S Burroughs - think that all things are linked to this special number. I don’t, I hasten to add, but I still use it in my everyday life as a “lucky number” – booking reservations on plane or trains, for example, and even in my Twitter handle, @janemerrick23. But this is only because I was born on the 23rd of the month, and not out of any belief in a greater conspiracy that we are governed by numbers. I should add that the only time I’ve been to a casino, I kept putting money on 23 on the roulette wheel and ended up winning hundreds – much to the dismay of the croupier. I told you it was lucky.

React Now

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistant - Accounts Payable - St. Albans

£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...

Ashdown Group: Treasury Assistant - Accounts Assistant - London, Old Street

£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Recruitment Genius: Installation and Service / Security Engineer

£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...

Recruitment Genius: Service Charge Accounts Assistant

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...

Day In a Page

Read Next
 

Errors & Omissions: Outgunned by a lack of military knowledge

Guy Keleny
Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Tiny Tim’s tea shop while canvassing in Rochester this week  

General Election 2015: What on earth happened to Ukip?

Matthew Norman
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions