According to the Daily Telegraph (8 September 2009), a new survey has found that more than half of all Britons have been injured by biscuits ranging from scalding from hot tea or coffee while dunking or breaking a tooth eating during a morning tea break, with at least 500 people landing themselves in hospital.
The custard cream was found to be the worst offender. It beat the cookie to top a table of 15 generic types of biscuit whose potential dangers were calculated by the Biscuit Injury Threat Evaluation (BITE). Custard creams get a risk rating of 5.63, this compared to 1.16 for Jaffa cakes, which was the safest biscuit of all in the evaluation.
The full results of the BITE study were as follows:
Custard Cream 5.64
Choc Biscuit Bar (eg: Rocky) 4.12
Rich Tea 3.45
Oat Biscuit 3.31
Ginger Nut 2.99
Caramel Shortcake 2.76
Nice Biscuit 2.27
Iced Biscuits/Party Rings 2.16
Chocolate Finger 1.38
Jaffa Cakes 1.16
Healthcare Governance Review believes that board members, and anyone in healthcare generally, might like to consider the risks associated with various biscuit types. Non-executive directors in particular might like to challenge management as to their choice of biscuits for board meetings. Taken to its logical conclusion, the issue of whether only Jaffa cakes should be available should be debated – indeed, the issue of whether people are allowed to take biscuits into the organisation given the risks involved might also be a matter for debate. Perhaps all healthcare organisations should ban staff from taking their own biscuits in to work on the grounds that they could cause injury? Or would this be regarded as truly ‘taking the biscuit’?
Read the full Daily Telegraph article here.