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McDonald’s nut change an issue at Marystown's Sacred Heart Academy

The school council at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown is considering concerns raised by parents over food allergies in light of recent changes at McDonald's restaurants in Canada.
The school council at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown is considering concerns raised by parents over food allergies in light of recent changes at McDonald's restaurants in Canada.

A recent change by McDonald’s to use unpackaged nuts at its restaurants in Canada is causing concern for some parents at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown.

McDonald’s Canada made an announcement in January all food at the restaurant now “may contain” peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens.

Kelly Hickman, chairwoman of the school council at Sacred Heart, acknowledged the parents voiced those concerns during a meeting on Monday.

Hickman said, as she understands, some students have McDonald’s brought to them for lunch frequently.

An ice cream product available at the school’s canteen is also a concern for the parents, she said.

Hickman said it’s a difficult issue, but one the school council will try to address.

“How far do you go to try to make it as safe as possible and what can you reasonably control?” she said. “And those parents certainly were not asking to limit all outside food brought into the school. They know that that’s not doable.”

Hickman said members of the school council will familiarize themselves with the English School District of Newfoundland and Labrador’s policies around food allergies.

“We’re going to go away and review all the relevant material in that regard and then put together a sub-committee and hopefully be able to address their concerns,” she said.

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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