Boy, Two, Left in Tears as Nursery Staff Confiscate His ‘Unhealthy’ Cheese Sandwich

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“Staff told him that if his son wanted sandwiches in future they must include lettuce or tomato.”

When little Jack Ormisher opened his packed lunch, he was delighted to find inside a cheese sandwich his mummy had made for him. But before he could tuck into the meal, staff at the nursery he attended snatched it away – leaving him in tears. Apparently, the sandwich broke their ‘healthy eating’ rules. Instead, the two-year-old was offered fruit and vegetables.

Later when Jack’s father arrived to pick him up from the Westfield Children’s Centre in Pemberton, near Wigan

Jack’s mother, Dorothy Gallear, 32, was so incensed she has now enrolled him at a different nursery. ‘I think it is absolutely pathetic and these people are playing Big Brother with people’s lives,’ she said yesterday. ‘The attitude of the nursery was ridiculous. They were looking down their noses at me. When I told people at his new nursery what had happened all over a cheese sandwich some laughed with shock and others were horrified.’

Mother-of-two Miss Gallear said Jack started at Westfield in September last year, spending three afternoons a week there but she decided to make him his own sandwiches after he developed several stomach bugs. ‘He was having what they prepared for him to eat. It was fruit mostly so I decided that I would prepare something for him at home to take in so I knew exactly what he was eating.

‘This was the first time I’d sent in my food. They said it was fine as long as it was a healthy snack. He did have some veg and a piece of melon in his box. But my partner went to pick him up and they told him that if we were going to bring sandwiches in it had to have at least a piece of lettuce on it.’

The nursery’s list of acceptable ‘healthy options’ includes various fruit and vegetables plus rice, pasta and potatoes. A spokesman for Wigan Council, which runs the nursery, said: ‘The centre has a list of recommended healthy food, according to national guidelines, which children are encouraged to eat. A cheese sandwich would not feature on the list.’

Miss Gallear and her partner, Harry Ormisher, transferred Jack to a nursery in nearby Orrell. Westfield’s manager, Aukje Clegg, said: ‘The decision to remove the child from the centre was taken by the parents. We have informed them that a place is still available for their child at Westfield should they reconsider.’



Greek Man Sues Swedish Company Over ‘Turkish’ Yoghurt Photo


Finding that his image was being used to sell Turkish yoghurt, an elderly Greek man has taken it as a personal affront and has set his sights on the dairy involved.

Beneath what must be one of the most luxuriant moustaches on the planet, Minas Karatzoglou smiles a gap-toothed grin and pats his leather waistband. It is packed with an armoury of family heirlooms – 19th Century flintlock pistols and a curved dagger. “These guns have killed Turks,” he says, his clear blue eyes twinkling.

Mr Karatzoglou, who is 74, had come down from the mountains of Delphi in central Greece to Athens, in the traditional costume worn by his grandfather and great grandfather, to make an important statement. They both took part in the War of Independence, which began in 1821, ended centuries of Ottoman rule, and led to the formation of the modern Hellenic state.

His white kilt contains 400 pleats – one for every year of Turkish occupation. It is a skirt with a grudge. Given such a colourful family history, it is little wonder that Mr Karatzoglou has gone to war over a pot of Turkish yoghurt.

“I got upset because they were using my image without my authorisation. But I also got upset because they were advertising the yoghurt as Turkish,” he told the BBC. “I am Greek. I feel Greek. I’m from Delphi, which is an internationally renowned location for Greek history.”

Mr Karatzoglou has launched a series of legal proceedings in Greek courts against Lindahl’s Dairy of Jonkoping in southern Sweden. A civil suit demands compensation of 6.9m euros (£6m). His lawyers are also pursuing a criminal prosecution against the yoghurt firm’s chief executive, Anders Lindahl, alleging misuse of personal data.

“This is not a frivolous case,” says Athenian lawyer Mr Dimitris Dimitriou. “It is very serious. I think there is no bigger insult for a Greek than to be called a Turk.” His colleague says a misuse of personal data offence is punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

Lindahl’s have rejected the compensation claim as unrealistic, and say they are not concerned about the threat of prison because the image was purchased in good faith.

Thomas Axelsson, a spokesman for Lindahl’s in Jonkoping, told BBC World Service’s Europe Today programme: “We have an agreement with a [Spanish] photo agency from where we bought this picture just to use for commercial purposes, on our packages and on different products. We have also seen an agreement between this agency and the photographer, so in our opinion, it’s very clear that we have the rights we need.”

Mr Karatzoglou’s lawyers say they have no desire to put Mr Lindahl in jail and are willing to compromise. “This company has made millions off Minas’ back,” said Mr Dimitriou.

One possible scenario proposed by the Greeks is that the word Turkish be removed from the yoghurt pot. But according to Lindahl’s legal representative, that is not possible under trades descriptions rules because the yoghurt is Turkish.

And so the room for compromise is limited. Unless an out of court settlement is reached, Mr Karaztoglou’s lawyers will proceed with the civil and criminal suits with the aim of giving the Swedes what they think they deserve – their just desserts.