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"Swindon Bans Fish Over Allergy Fears"

Posted on the 15 May 2014 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth
From the BBCSwindon Borough Council has banned fish because a local man has a potentially fatal allergy.  Schools in the area have asked pupils not to bring in fish or fish based products with their packed lunches, supermarkets have been asked to remove all fish based products from their stores and destroy them and all fish and chip shops have been shut down as an emergency measure.  It is hoped that this will protect the man who suffers a severe anaphylactic reaction to any contact with fish. Some residents feel they have not been consulted and the whole area should not be affected "for one person".  But Swindon mayor, Cllr Theresa Page: "This is a life-threatening issue, anything less and we wouldn't need to be as drastic." Work has commenced on a new canal to divert the fish laden River Ray away from the town and the council will also be scanning aerial photographs to identify ponds from which fish will have to be removed and contacting residents accordingly.

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