A FURIOUS mother lashed out at McDonald’s for not cutting up the grapes in her child’s Happy Meal. But other parents don’t agree with her argument.

The mother took to Mumsnet, UK’s popular parenting forum, to question why the fruit, which she deemed a choking hazard, was not sliced up.

Writing under the username “vandrew4” the mum wrote: “Got the DC [dear child] a happy meal at the weekend and got a bag of fruit with it. I was genuinely shocked that the grapes weren’t cut up.

“Surely a meal specifically for children should have the grapes cut up?

“Am I being unreasonable to send an email asking why the hell they have such a well known chocking [sic] risk being sold to thousands of small children?”

fruit bag

The thread has since been deleted, but it sparked a furious debate among users.

While some agreed with the mother’s stance, many parents hit back, claiming she should do the cutting up herself.

One user wrote: “Surely it’s for parents to cut up the grapes for their kids? It’s not like a child young enough to choke on a grape wouldn’t be supervised while eating anyway.”

Another responded: “TBH if your child does not know how to eat a grape, I think you have the problem, not McDonald’s. What happens when they enter the real world and grapes are sold whole in the supermarket?”

This alarming x-ray shows how important it is for parents to be vigilant about food even as your children get older. Including grapes!

A UK Mum warned parents to ALWAYS slice grapes after her two year old son almost choked to death. Read her story here.

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  • It’s not up to McDonalds to cut up grapes. Harsh but true


  • If your child is old enough to eat McDonald’s, surely the grapes should not be a problem. Seriously? It is not everyone else’s responsibility to manage your child. What is your role as a parent if not to manage grapes. Just the thought and process of having to cut up those grapes is mind boggling. Just stop the rot, or don’t go to McDonalds.


  • While it’s a genuine hazard, it’s the parents’ responsibility to cut grapes.


  • Well the apple pieces are bigger, does she want these smaller as well. Not going to say anything more.


  • Well she just needs to cut them up herself if she is worried about it! What about all the ‘crap’ in the rest of the meal?? Isn’t she worried about that?


  • When you buy this for your child and know this is a choking hazard for your child, it is your choice. With this choice comes the responsibility to cut it up yourself when needed.


  • I imagine it would be a case of buyer beware and all food should be checked before consumption.


  • Well taking your child to McDonalds isn’t the healthiest option in the first place. And getting pre packaged food which is cut up apple and grapes
    It’s not McDonalds responsibility to make sure her child has cut up grapes it’s the parents responsibility parents are so quick these days to blame everything else or someone else when things go wrong with there children.
    She could of cut them her self or bring your own food home nothing wrong with a packed lunch


  • When will parents learn that one of their jobs is to parent and look after their children. If you are worried about whole grapes, then either teach your children to chew and break up the grapes themselves, or cut it up for them.


  • I don’t think that a fast food company can cut up kids grapes. It is too much work and a job for the parents.


  • Yes kids can choke on grapes but if you are that paranoid about it don’t let them eat the grapes from the bag! Personally I’d let my kids eat them.


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