Nuts About Allergens

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Our school community have been thinking a lot about the close and wider environment in terms of improvements and safety.  We have recently announced the introduction of a plastic bottle ban and now we are introducing a Nut-free dining area in school.

Nut Free Zone poster
Nut Free Zone poster

At a recent assembly Assistant Principal Andrew Livingstone explained that we have created a safe nut-free eating area for those affected by nut allergies.  “One of our dining areas, M 025 is now a designated nut-free area and any foodstuffs containing nuts or nut elements must not be taken into this eating area,” he said.  “This includes anything with whole or partial nuts such as peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and so on and any oils or derivatives of nuts.

An allergy is the body’s immune system reaction to a substance that’s normally harmless such as nuts, pollen, and certain foods which can include eggs and milk.  In the UK, 44% of adults now suffer from at least one allergy.  Nut allergies are the most common allergy and have the highest risk of a severe reaction.

In order to assist with creating a safer environment the school asks all students, staff and visitors to avoid bringing any nuts or nut products into the building at all.

In addition to a safer place for students to eat, our catering service provision is nut free as are all our vending machine offers.

“We can’t guarantee a totally allergen free environment but we can make every effort to ensure the safest possible environment for fellow students, visitors and staff,” said Mr Livingstone.

No nuts or nut products
No nuts or nut products

How you can help

  • Avoid bringing any nuts or nut products into school
  • Check the ingredients of products you bring in
  • Keep M 025 free of nuts and nut products
  • Help create a safer place for students and staff

Symptoms of Nut Allergy

  • Swollen lips, face or eyes
  • Itchy/tingling mouth
  • Hives or itchy skin rash
  • Abdominal pain or vomiting
  • Sudden change in behaviour
  • Dry repetitive coughing

List of Common Nuts*

  • almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • walnuts
  • pecan nuts
  • brazil nuts
  • pistachio
  • cashew nuts
  • macadamia nuts
  • peanuts

*This is not an extensive list of all nuts

Nut Products†

  • Some breads – please check the label
  • Sweets and Chocolates: Picnic, Snickers, Lion Bar, Topic, nougat, Nutella, M&Ms
  • Cakes
  • Many biscuits contain ground almond and other nuts
  • Cereal and granola bars

†Please check labels for confirmation