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What Does Chick-fil-A Have to Do With PTA?

Photo Credit: Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A has been in the news a lot lately for choosing a side in one of the hottest political debates of this year's election, but that has nothing to do with this morning's rant. There is a PTA meeting at my FA son's elementary school tonight. They are discussing fundrasiers and all that jazz and while I'm not much of a PTA mom, I was thinking about attending, until I read the last sentence of the email. "Chick-fil-A sandwiches, chips and a drink will be provided at a low cost of $4.00." Low cost, huh? Not in this family!

Why is Chick-fil-A a No-No for the PTA?

Chick-fil-A uses peanut oil to cook the fried foods it offers and while they emphatically claim those peanut oils are not allergenic (, citing information from the Food and Drug Administration stating as much, why would they take the chance?

There are tons of blog posts and website articles about Chick-fil-A and peanut allergies. Some parents claim their children DID have a reaction after eating at the restaurant and some claim their children have NEVER had a reaction - but again I ask, why take the chance?

There are tons of fast food restaurants willing to work with schools for fundraising - there has to be another restaurant the PTA could have chosen that uses a safer alternative to peanut oil, even if the only issue is the mental stress eating products cooked in peanut oil would cause an FA parent.

What Does the National PTA Say About Peanut Oil?

I found it extremely interesting that the National PTA addresses peanut oils in a piece about Monitoring Students With a Peanut Allergy. According to the article, "Exposure to peanuts can include touching or consuming peanuts, a peanut product, or an item that has come in contact with peanut products or oils. In some extreme cases the smell of peanuts can cause a reaction. Even food preparation items that have been in contact with food containing peanuts or peanut oils can cause a reaction, as can washed surfaces, which harbor peanut oil for long periods of time." So, the National PTA understands there is a risk associated with peanut oils and contact with children who have a peanut allergy - yet, the PTA at my child's elementary school seems to think Chick-fil-A is an okay choice.

So, needless to say, I am not in the mental place to tackle the PTA tonight. I am going to sit back with my FA son, my three other children and my darling husband and enjoy a little TV with safe food and a question in my heart. Are there so few FA moms out there that no one other than me is questioning the sale of Chick-fil-A food at a PTA meeting?


  1. Gratefulfoodie7/17/2013 4:06 AM

    Wow! thank you for sharing! This was really important for me to read. I am looking at tackling my own PTA this year and I will check out that article.

    Appreciate your work!

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Summer Banks, the author and FA mom responsible for Mutter Nutter, is a professional writer and amateur author. She learned of her son's peanut and tree nut allergies when he was just three years old. Everything you read on this blog is from personal experience. Mutter Nutter is not here to scare you - just to educate you about things that may be different than they seem.

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