Tesco stands firm on nuts may contain nuts labels

11 April 2014

NUTS Tesco have defended their mildly demented 'May Contain Nuts' labelling after a social media backlash thing.

Allergy campaigners had been all up in the retailer's grill recently, about unnecessary warnings on such products as yoghurt, sweet potatoes and ham.


Tesco had argued that the warning labels were only be applied to items if there was a genuine risk of cross contamination.

It's not just loony labelling when you have a nut allergy. Oh no. Many of the campaigners were parents of nut-allergy nippers, and it's no joke when trying to prevent them from death by potentially nutty ham.

New EU rules on allergy labelling are due to come into force later this year, and retailers have started to amend their packaging to suit.

But as many campaigners wonder if it's a 'one size fits all' legal disclaimer which can be pointed out when challenged, is in fact highlighting a myriad of issues that suggest standards aren't being fully adhered to.

And dear God, we can do without another month of weak puns on twitter that happened in the wake of the horse meat crisis.


  • Captain o.
    Erm, that's a Sainsbury's label.
  • jokester4
    A bag of peanuts 'may contain nuts' ??? MAY???? Well, if I bought a pack of peanuts that didn't contain nuts, I'd be fucking pissed off!
  • jokester4
    ^ On a related subject, there is a temporary road-sign near me that says "Delays possible until May 15th" That is awesome news! After May 15th, delays will be impossible! Fantastic! :)
  • Oldbacca
    Jokester, peanuts aren't nuts - they're legumes. Hence the packet may contain traces of actual nuts packed in the same factory. Duh.
  • Richard
    Factory Tour Guide: 'and this is where we handle the nuts. We don't actually use them in the products'
  • jokester4
    @Oldbacca Very good point. However, from the point of view of allergies, peanuts are considered to be nuts. If you are allergic to peanuts, there is a very high probability that you are allergic to nuts, but not to other legumes such as soya beans, lentils or garden peas. I'm not sure quite why this is though. I'm also fairly certain I have seen a "May contain nuts" warning label on a packet of pistachios/monkey nuts before though.
  • Debbie C.
    Thank you for highlighting our plight. I hope that all this publicity will lush Tesco into reviewing its crazy labelling!
  • Cassandra C.
    I don't think they know what happens during the manufacturing process or where their ingredients come from, otherwise Tesco would not use such broad sweeping labelling. Tesca may contain nuts... and some of them are in the boardroom!
  • Sarah S.
    Yes Tesco have removed the ridiculous "may contain nuts" warning on ham, but what about the Indian Tonic Water, the Blackcurrant Cordial, the Butternut Squash which all have new "may contain nuts" warnings on???? When will stupid allergy labelling cease?! Things are meant to be getting better thanks to the new legislation, not worse!
  • Dee
    As ridiculous as it looks, these stores out there need to take precautions. Its only a matter of time before it ends up in court and some clown will win damages and we'll all sit there thinking 'how?'
  • Pj
    As with most seemingly silly decisions nowadays it's being driven by the claims culture. Warnings on coffee "caution may be hot", warning on bags of nuts "caution may contain nuts". Anybody who has driven in the US will remember seeing what amounts to a disclaimer etched into the sing mirrors on car " caution, objects may be closer than they appear" or something to that effect. It's all driven by previous litigation. Somebody claims, the manufacturer closes the loophole. Don't blame the manufacturers. Blame the litigators and the ambulance chasing lawyers.
  • Rich
    I remember seeing a serving suggestion on a packet of raisins which said: "Why not try tossing over your favorite breakfast cereal."
  • jokester4
    @Rich: I think that's only for when you run out of milk...

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