Remember when you could count on McDonald’s to be a safe, peanut-free facility for your family? Looks like that has come to an end.
The fast-food conglomerate just released a new policy (available online) regarding nut allergens. Later this month, the golden arches will be releasing a SKOR McFlurry—the first-ever product to contain peanuts or tree nuts without sealed, individual packaging. Because of this change in dessert option, the statement says that this now mean all McDonald’s products may now contain or come in contact with peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens.
What was once a safe, go-to place for families to eat together will now become a restaurant to avoid for those with food allergies. Food Allergy Canada released a statement to families, encouraging them to let McDonald’s “know what this means to you and your family.”
— Food Allergy Canada (@FoodAllergyCAN) January 17, 2017
Using the clever hashtag #notlovinit, people are taking to Twitter to do just that.
Some customers are understandably angry.
— Corrie Adams (@corrie0521) January 17, 2017
— Charles Shaw (@Shecky3642) January 18, 2017
— Dan MacInally (@DanMacInally) January 18, 2017
— Jennifer Blattman (@jblatts) January 18, 2017
— Jake theSnake (@argos_suck) January 17, 2017
While others are even a bit comical.
— AzureOcean (@TheAzureOcean) January 18, 2017
Even Dragon’s Den, Bruce Coxon, spoke out about it.
— Bruce Croxon (@bruce_croxon) January 18, 2017
Some angry Tweeters are promoting a boycott.
— dave hodgkiss (@woodbridgefc) January 17, 2017
— bc (@canadabetsy) January 17, 2017
It just seems so absurd that the chain would risk the lives of people for a change in dessert.
— WIN GALAXY S7 NOW! (@giveawaycayax) January 18, 2017
At least there’s always Wendy’s, right?
— Victor Bacchus (@VictoriousXD7) January 17, 2017
We hope Mc D’s knows what they’re doing because they’re about to lose a whole bunch of loyal customers.
— Stephanie (@NuttyAllergyMom) January 18, 2017
Wow McDonalds losing a lot of customers over a Mcflurry that probably won’t even be that profitable #notlovinit
— Lorianne Schaus (@dancediva50) January 18, 2017
The biggest fear is that if McDonald’s is doing this, what’s stopping other fast-food chains from following in their footsteps? How does this impact your family?