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sandystrachan's avatar

Is it just me, or have health and safety gone over the top on food labels ?

Asked by sandystrachan (4387 points ) April 8th, 2009

Peanut butter contains nuts !
Porridge contains oats !
Weetabix < its a breakfast cereal in the UK , contains wheat !
Surely if you were to look at these you would know what is inside them yet, food labels state this all the time .
WHY?
What things have you seen where health and safety have gone Over The Top on ?

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14 Answers

squirbel's avatar

That’s what happens when people sue for stupid sh*t.

Ever seen this one?

Floor slippery when wet.

wtf.

sandystrachan's avatar

That is so people know the floor is wet tho .
still silly why not just say wet floor

chyna's avatar

My hair dryer has a tag that says Do not use in bathtub. Hmmm…

squirbel's avatar

When is a wet floor not slippery? Think.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

if people weren’t greedy bastards who sued because they “didn’t know”, companies wouldn’t have to treat people like morons and let them know.
ever heard of the woman who sued because her coffee burned her?

AstroChuck's avatar

It’s all because of the litigious nature of consumers. And it doesn’t just apply to food labels. I once heard a radio ad with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln announcing a President’s Day sale at some department store. At the end of the spot some guy announces, “Celebrity voices impersonated.”
Well, Duh!

MissAusten's avatar

A lot of food labels state the obvious—but sometimes foods contain things that are common allergens where you wouldn’t expect it. If you have a kid with severe allergies to eggs or soy, those labels are vital if you don’t want to take a trip to the ER.

When I was a toddler teacher, before labels had to state “Contains soy” or “Contains egg products” or whatever, I had a little boy in my class who was highly allergic to dairy, soy, and eggs. His parents brought in all of his snacks and his lunch, but to be safe they gave me a list of ingredients that come from soy or eggs. The list was very long, and a lot of the “ingredients” were unfamiliar forms of soy, egg, or dairy. Popcorn flavored rice cakes have egg products in them (I will always know this because it necessitated a trip to the ER for that little boy).
But I do think warnings about hot drinks being very hot or wet floors being slippery are ridiculous. If my coffee wasn’t hot, I’d be kind of pissed.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

It’s like a bulldozer with “Do not operate when asleep.” on it.

chyna's avatar

My prescription Ambien, a sleeping pill, has the warning, “May cause drowsiness.” (I’m hoping so.)

cak's avatar

@chyna – that is my personal favorite.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

well the problem is insurance coverage… some dumb ass who’s allergic to nuts had a big heaping helping of pb and J, got sent to the hospital and cried lawsuit claiming “I didn’t know it had nuts in it” and won, so now they do it to save their asses.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

I don’t blame them really. what choice do they have? Judicial systems don’t account common sense in their rulings.

laureth's avatar

Also, in the U.S. at least, there’s a law that states that the big food allergens (wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and eggs) must be marked clearly on the label so that people who are allergic to those things will not eat it by mistake. In the past, yes, they had to list the ingredients, but some people didn’t know that processed forms of those ingredients might have another name (such as “textured vegetable protein” contains soy, or “meringue” contains eggs).

My sweetie was allergic to wheat at the time, and it was a big help to us – we could see where wheat ingredients might have been hidden inconspicuously and avoid eating that product.

ru2bz46's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 That’s silly since peanuts aren’t nuts.

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