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Case 400 - Babies dummy cafe ban

Issue

A mum had to leave a café as the manager banned the use of dummies for young children and babies for health and safety reasons.

Panel opinion

Health and safety at work legislation does not stop babies using dummies in cafes. This appears to be the café’s company policy which according to the press article they relate to strict food hygiene guidelines.The cafe should clearly explain the reason behind their policy rather than dumbing down the issue and blaming health and safety.

2016-08-05