I Don’t Have Food Allergies But I’m Disappointed with McDonald’s

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I took my kids to McDonald’s for lunch the other day, and plastered on the windows — and right on the ordering kiosk — were these stickers:

“Dear Guests. We now offer products containing nuts that are not individually packaged. For your safety, please be aware that products at this location may contain or come into contact with peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens.”

For years — eons, possibly! — they kept those chopped sundae nuts in sealed plastic bags. Maybe there were bags of nuts for salads, too, but I’ve never ordered one there. #mcnuggetlife

That was FINE! So what changed? Oh right, this: McDonald’s Canada decided to introduce a Skor McFlurry, and the Skor bars include chopped almonds.

Seriously? One flavor of McFlurry is important enough to abandon your food allergy-friendly policy of using only packaged nuts?

Apparently, this is just “the first of more products” they’re rolling out that will include non-packaged peanuts or tree nuts. More McFlurry flavors? Or are straight-up PBJ sandwiches coming to the menu, guys?

There aren’t any food allergies in our family, but our daughter used to have an egg allergy (which she outgrew when she was two). If McDonald’s had always been an egg-free zone and we’d felt safe eating there, I’d be upset if suddenly we had to avoid it. No play place? No meeting up with our friends for lunch? No yummy salty fries?

This is now the reality for our many friends with peanut and tree nut allergies, and they’re furious that McDonald’s decided to change their nut policy. And all for what? A single flavor of frozen dessert? Eating in restaurants with food allergies was hard enough already.

How many Skor McFlurries will McDonald’s need to sell in order to cover the lost business of the 2.5 million Canadians with food allergies?

It’s 2017 and yet McDonald’s Canada is taking a step BACKWARDS when it comes to food allergies. It doesn’t make sense, and I’m not lovin’ it.

Heather Laura Clarke, a contributing writer at Scratch or Sniff, lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her high-school sweetheart husband, seven-year-old son, and five-year-old daughter. She writes for newspapers and magazines across Canada and the U.S., and blogs about her family life at Heather's Handmade Life. Follow her adventures on Twitter or Instagram.

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