Council bans home baking from school fairs


By Cara Sulieman

A COUNCIL has banned home baking from school fun days – branding it a health and safety risk.

Dundee City Council has told school that they can’t have the popular stalls anymore, despite the fact that the Food Standards Agency says home baking is “safe.”

Parents of pupils at Barnhill Primary School received letters about the end of term fun day, which is being held this Saturday.

In them, they were told that there would no longer be a cake stall because of the council’s new rules.


The ruling is because of hygiene and allergy worries – with the council deciding the risk is too great to go ahead with the traditional treat.

But parents are fuming, and believe the council have taken health and safety too far.

One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s a piece of nonsense. We got a letter from Barnhill Primary School saying that, in accordance with health and safety, there would be no cake stall.

“It looks like the city council education department are being over-protective and are frightened a child might choke on a piece of tablet but I think it’s ridiculous.

“A lot of parents used to bake and their children would help them too.”

Raising money

It is worried that the pupils will loose out on the money raised – all of which goes towards improvements in the school.

The parent said: “All the money from the cake stall used to go to school funds. I think they made about £200 last year.

But Dundee City Council are sticking to their guns, saying that schools have been informed that homebaking is no longer allowed.

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “Head teachers have been issued with advice not to sell home-made foodstuffs at events organised by the school.”

No problem

The Food Standards Agency has no problem with home baking.

The advice they give is that as long as good food hygiene is in place, and the cakes are transported safely then there is no health risk to eating them.


  1. if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s health and safety. they just ruin the fun for everyone! the kids could have learnt a lot, tried new things etc. and a cake stall is the most classic way of rasing money at these events! aaaaaaaarrgggggggghhhh!!!!!!!

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