Triangular Shaped what? Canvey Island school bans triangle shaped flapjacks
When I saw this on the BBC website earlier I just had to blog it. The image and text is taken from the BBC and all credit must be passed to them.
School dinner staff have been banned from serving triangular flapjacks after one was thrown and hurt a pupil.
Caterers at Castle View School in Canvey Island, Essex, have been told instead to cut their flapjacks into squares or rectangles. The incident, in which a year seven boy was hurt, happened last week.
The school said the “isolated accident” had led to a review of “the texture and shape of the flapjacks” served to students.
‘Over the top‘
Essex County Council said it did not give schools guidance on the shapes of foodstuffs. Health and safety advisor Ray Hurst said he could not understand why triangular flapjacks had been banned,
but not those cut into squares or rectangles. “Anything that is thrown is likely to cause injury if it hits somebody, especially in the face or the eye,” said Mr Hurst, former president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
“It does seem a little over the top to ban triangular flapjacks,” he said.
A three-point guide to flapjacks
- Flapjacks are chewy biscuits made from rolled oats, golden syrup or honey, fat (usually butter) and sugar
- They are baked in a flat tin and cut into squares, rectangles or any other shape while still warm
- Use of the word ‘flapjack’ dates back to the 17th Century according to the Oxford English Dictionary