No imitators allowed

Island schools ban fake peanut butter

Drew Casford comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on October 7, 2012

Students at schools across Prince Edward Island will no longer be allowed to bring peanut butter imitations to school.

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Students at schools across Prince Edward Island will no longer be allowed to bring peanut butter imitations to school.

In a recent newsletter parents of Spring Park School were informed of a ban on a product called Wow Butter available in Island stores. The soy based product tastes and smells like peanut butter. The school said this has been causing confusion and worry to parents, teachers and students.

“If there are children with life threatening allergies, parents want to feel confident they will be safe at school,” said English Language School Board’s Bob Andrews.

“We want to create a very safe environment.”

Reanna Macdonald, a mother of two Spring Park students, said she feels good about the ban.

“Neither of my daughters have a peanut allergy, but if they did I would be happy to hear these other products were banned. It’s too confusing,” she said.

Not all parents agree.

Without peanut butter in schools alternatives are a great source of protein, said a concerned parent.

“These products were specifically designed to replace peanut butter. We should be educating teachers and students about the different products so we can keep them in our schools,” he said.

“The Wow Butter comes with labels for your child’s lunch to let students and teachers know what they are eating is safe.”

Andrews said even with labels on peanut alternatives it is too difficult for teachers to supervise.

“It’s really a matter of life threatening allergies over someone finding an alternative for lunch.”