Blog: NOT having your cake and eating it

Catherine Sleep | 9 June 2004

A primary school in Wiltshire has told parents not to donate homemade cakes for school fetes for fear that they could trigger a food poisoning incident and prompt a lawsuit. Equally, children have been told not to bring in homemade birthday cake to share with their classmates.

They are encouraged to bring in shop-bought ones instead – complete with the preservatives and E-numbers they so often contain, doubtless.

I take offence! If parents take the trouble to bake cakes for their offspring to help raise funds for schools, good on them. If I ever have kids and make the effort to donate one of my truly fantabulous chocolate cakes to a school fundraiser, I should expect the school to be jolly pleased, and no mistake.

Let’s use a bit of commonsense. The school headmistress even admitted on a Radio 4 interview I listened to that she’s never heard of any pupil being poisoned by homemade goods, never mind it resulting in a lawsuit.

Bah humbug


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