Bananas, the super food that is an integral part of a healthy daily regimen has been banned from being eaten at BBC’s headquarters in New London because a reporter is apparently allergic to them.
With serious concern for their colleague’s wellbeing, members of staff have issued a banana-free zone in certain parts of the newsroom, where everyone has been advised to not peel or eat bananas at their desks. To add visual effect to their strict warning, several anti-banana posters are on display throughout the newsroom.
According to The Telegraph, “The posters placed in specific areas of the newsroom have been put up by staff out of courtesy for a fellow colleague who has a strong medical sensitivity to bananas which can lead to severe symptoms,” said a spokesman for the BBC.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C and fiber for most people, but they also contain profilins, proteins that can cause allergic reactions in some people, typically teens and young adults.
Some symptoms of people allergic to bananas are itching and swelling of the mouth, a scratchy throat and possibly inflammation, abdominal pain, tingling and itchiness and hives around the mouth or other body parts, and in rare cases, swelling and constriction of the airways, reduced blood pressure, and dilated blood vessels.
So out of courtesy for their colleague, the staff at BBC will have to eat their bananas before coming in to work, or in places where it’s safe to consume the delicious fruit.