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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:35 pm 
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On the weekend, our family attended the Shrine Circus. It was the first time we had gone to the circus as a family. To my surprise, there are PEANUTS served at the circus! (Maybe I'm out of touch, but this really caught me by surprise. Seeing peanuts or nuts at a child focused event is extremely rare these days). My 7 year old daughter noticed a few peanut shells on the floor directly under our seats, and asked me if that's a peanut shell. To my amazement, there were many peanut shells around the area where we were seated. Sure enough, there are peanuts sold at the concession stand. As it turned out, our 4 year old son was not very interested in the circus, so we spent very little time in our seats under the Big Top (he's not one to enjoy sitting for too long anyway). Our son did not suffer any ill effects whatsoever to being in close proximity to many peanut shells, but I don't think we'll be running back to the circus anytime soon!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:19 pm 
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Location: Ontario, Canada / Cambridge, UK
I was surprised to hear that an organization for children (especially children's hospitals) would still serve peanuts!

If anyone wants to write to them about this issue, I found the info of the firm that creates and markets their events:

http://www.xentelevents.com/contact.html

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:35 am 
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Wow Julie -- I think that would really catch me off guard too! I'm glad your son was fine (I'd probably be freaking out myself :lol: !) I'll be dropping them a short line about reconsidering the sale of nuts (thanks for the contact info Storm).


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 4:26 pm 
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Wow that is REALLY suprising! but working in a place the caters to children and being on this forum I am surprsied by my work's lack of kitchen practices that keep children safe from one of the most common childhood food allergies

Here's something to think about tho your child SAW peanuts and he/she had to be careful because it was in their enivorment. A child knows enough to not eat in a place that has peanuts, to be careful what he/she touches, and to wash his/her hands and ask Mom if he/she is uncertain about anything.

In some places catered to children peanuts are NOT visable but cross contamination could have happened between items from suppliers and such, and this not something a child would think about because of the nature of a child's brain development, especially in a place like where I work (an arena) that runs summer camp programmes (which the concollors know about the child's allergy) and the non camp related staff is not surprised nor questions a young child coming up and ordering whatever they want.

Food for thought pardon the pun. I seriously don't know you moms do it. I really don't!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:01 pm 
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I got a reply from the circus people:

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Thank-you for letting us know about your concerns regarding the sale of
nuts at the Shrine Circus. Neither the Shriners nor our company, which
markets the circus, run the concessions or determine what is available
from them. The circus producer controls concessions. However, by copy of
this email, we are advising the circus management of your concerns and
the resource websites you provided so that they can become better
informed about the issues.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:00 am 
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And another...
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As with all comments from our patrons, I have logged your suggestions and
our production staff will certainly look into the information that you have
provided. We are concerned about the children, and we try
to make everyone's experience at the circus a safe and positive one.

I too have allergies to nuts so I am very aware of the situation. I am
confident that my allergies are not as acute as your son's, but I am very
sympathetic since I know many people with very serious allergies to
shellfish, bee stings and other common substances.

Unfortunately, there is no way to make ever situation ideal for everyone.
Peanuts are a very popular traditional circus item, just like cotton candy,
popcorn and candied apples. I cannot promise that we will in-fact stop
selling peanuts, but I will promise that we will take serious consideration
to the information that you have provided to us.

If you plan on attending our event next year, please feel free to contact me
in advance and I will give you an update so that you can assess the level of
risk to your son. It is our hope that we can continue to make our event a
family friendly one. I thank you again for your input, and hope that we can
meet your son at one of our future events.

Sincerely,

General Manager
TZ Productions


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:44 am 
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That's a very intelligent answer. At least they'll take it under advisement.

I should write to them too. The circus is in Burlington this week-end. We may or may not have gone, but now that I know about the peanuts, we will definitely not be going.

It might not be so bad if people were not so messy and kept throwing their garbage on the ground. I have never understood why people do that at movie theatres, stadiums and such in the first place. I make sure we clean up after ourselves when we go to the movies. It's just common courtesy.

That said, I have mixed feelings about the circus anyway. I don't like the way they exploit animals. Same with Marineland. :cry:.

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