Thousands sign petition to bring back Turkey Twizzlers to schools

Tuesday, 29th May 2018, 8:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th May 2018, 9:21 am

Childhood obesity may be one of the biggest problems affecting British school children but that's not deterred one Turkey Twizzler loving mum whose petition to reintroduce the fast food snack to schools has already gained more than 13,000 signatures in support.

The Change.org petition started by Kirsty Rogers is calling on schools to bring back Bernard Matthews infamous Turkey Twizzlers to the lunch time menu '“ despite them being banned in 2005 after concerns they were encouraging obesity in school children.

Rogers said: 'I used to live of turkey twizzlers used to make sure my mum stocked up lol.'

'But to think my kids will never experience the taste of them makes me want to get this petition as far as possible. So come on u twizzlers lovers get signing.' [sic]

The notorious lunch time snack was banned in schools after being targeted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in his TV show Jamie's School Dinners which revealed their high fat and sugar content.

The fast food product was made up of 40 ingredients including pork fat, rusk and coating with only a third (34 per cent) being made up of turkey meat.

Although turkey meat is generally low in saturated fat content and calories in comparison to other meats, even Bernard Matthews admitted their Turkey Twizzlers "nutritional value wasn't fantastic".