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McDonald's Canada Is No Longer Nut Free

McDonald's did a good thing and a bad thing all at once.

The good thing: there's going to be a new Skor McFlurry which sounds amazing.

The bad thing: the new treat contains non-packaged peanuts.

McDonald's Canada has a long standing reputation of being a safe space for people with nut allergies. They previously had a policy of only serving nuts in sealed packages. This allowed people with nut allergies the ability to eat from the menu without fear of contamination.

However, McDonald's released a statement that puts an end to that policy.

"All products available at our restaurants may contain or come into contact with peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens," the statement said.

Many parents are completely shocked by this decision from the corporation.

"McDonald's has always been our fall back because we felt safe there," said Sheila Rusnell-Newton, a Calgary mother whose 15-year-old has severe peanut and tree-nut allergies. "This isn't just somebody who's pissed off because my kid can't eat a Big Mac any more."

"McDonald's restaurants were one of the few restaurants where [people with allergies] could eat without being too stressed out," Marie-Josee Bettez said. "When you're on the road, for example, there's at least one place you can stop and it's safe."

CEO of McDonald's Canada, John Betts, says this was in response to growing customer demand for more "diverse product offerings with nuts in them."

Regardless of the reasoning, many people are upset that their go-to safe spot is no longer available.

What do you think about this move from the McDonald's corporation? Is it unfair to families with nut allergies, or is it just part of life? Let us know!

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