BBC bans bananas from new 1bn pound headquarters
Posted on: 01:50 AM IST Jan 07, 2013
London: The BBC has gone bananas - and banned the humble fruit at its new 1 billion pound headquarters after a staffer warned the fruit could kill her. Posters have been put up warning colleagues not to eat them at work.
The ban was requested by a journalist who said she could suffer a fatal reaction if she came into contact with a banana, the Sun reported. Workers at the BBC's new HQ in London decided to hang up posters of a banana with a giant cross through it.
It means staff are forbidden from unpeeling or consuming the fruit anywhere near others, the report said. A BBC spokesman said: "The posters were put up for a colleague who has a strong medical sensitivity."
Banana allergies take two forms. The first is a reaction to tree pollen where victims experience itching and swelling in the mouth. With the more serious version people can suffer an anaphylactic reaction a life-threatening condition in which a victim's airways swell and constrict, the report said.