Warning: Contains Sarcasm
Posted by PintofStout on February 20, 2006
I was partaking of some delicious pistachios yesterday when I noticed on the package a warning. It had a big red “A” in a box and read “Allergen Warning: Contains Pistachios.” Puzzled, I looked at the front of the package again. It, too, said I had purchased pistachios. I was, to say the least, quite relieved to know I had bought and eaten the right thing. I’ve always been a big print kind of guy, so I read the big label first and refer to the small print for clarification. But maybe there are small print people who read the small print first. This label must have been for them.
Seriously, I understand the risk to people with peanut allergies and the sensitivity and severity that can take on, and in something not quite as obvious, such as peanut butter, I can understand the need for a reassuring label. This was a bag of pistachios. I expected to find pistachios in the bag. It’s not like I had just started eating and later read the package and said to myself, “Oh, gawd! That’s what I’ve been eating!?”
We have made ourselves ridiculous with lawsuits and pure old fashion stupidity. I’m ashamed to be a part of such a group. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to check the labels in the pantry to see what I’ve been consuming all these years.
Addendum: A relevant link from Mental Floss today about labeling. http://www.mentalfloss.com/2006/02/20/when-it-comes-to-pet-food-labels-basic-is…