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Milford Youth Ballparks No Longer Selling Peanuts

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Due to allergies of some players, several youth league baseball parks in Milford are no longer selling peanut products at their concession stands.

Thursday was day two of the ban at four ballparks in Milford. The fields are all associated with the Milford National Lou Gehrig Little League. Players and spectators can no longer purchase the snack, and it all stemmed from a complaint by one child’s parents. The parents said their son, who plays on a team, has a deadly reaction to peanuts. Even if he just touches a bat from a player who was eating peanut M and M’s, that could trigger an allergic reaction.

Parents at a game Thursday were supportive.

“It’s not an inconvenience,” said Paul Fitzgerald. “We have enough candy in the world that the kids can get. They can stay with Twizzlers,” he added, laughing.

VJ Sarullo, president of the Milford National Lou Gehrig Little League, said there was no hesitation when the subject came up.

“Obviously, safety, whether on or off the field, is our number one concern,” Sarullo said. “We’re

in a Little League program. I think it was a pretty easy decision for us.

Peanut allergies more than tripled between 1997 and 2008 nationally, so more ballparks could follow suit in the future.

 

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