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BBC bans bananas in new HQ after employee suffers allergy

Jan 7, 2013 09:23 IST

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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.

The BBC banned the humble fruit at its new 1 billion pound headquarters

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.

PTI