It has come to our attention that there are a number of peanut substitute products that are currently being marketed as tasting “just like peanut butter”. As you are all aware, we have many students at St. Holy Spirit who have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and other forms of nuts.
While the good intentions behind the development of such products certainly can’t be argued, allowing students to bring the product into a school in which a student is known to be allergic to peanuts / peanut butter is problematic and could potentially have devastating consequences. However, should a food product that looks, smells and tastes like real peanut butter (but isn’t real peanut butter) be permitted in a school it places all of our staff in a position of having to decide definitively if the product is – or isn’t – real peanut butter. We are not qualified food experts and are in no position to make such decisions — particularly where exposure to real peanut butter can literally cause someone’s death.
Consequently, we would ask that you do not send any such product to school with your child(ren). If you have any concerns or questions about this, please feel free to give me a call at the school.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school safe.
Paul Mendonca Dan Mastroianni
Principal Vice Principal