Snag in the road for sausage sizzles

  • Snag in the road for sausage sizzles

Snag in the road for sausage sizzles

"This will ruin Australia", he boldly claimed on the Today show.

It "Threatens to Tear Nation Apart", read a headline on a popular news site.

He said: "Whether the onions are on top or underneath, I'll always be buying sausages on bread, whether it's at the football, whether it's at Bunnings or anywhere I can assist those great charitable causes".

Bunnings Warehouse, a national chain of almost 300 stores, may not have expected it, but the effort to dispense culinary advice as if it were home fix led to a countrywide meltdown.

The move by Bunnings to make onion toppings "underings" ignited the debate, to the point where the country's prime minister was asked to chime in.

He delicately weighed into the fray.

In a statement, she said the suggestion is provided to community groups within fundraising sausage sizzle welcome packs.

"Onions can be slippery when they fall out of a sausage sandwich", Bunnings wrote in a flyer distributed to community groups that included instructions for constructing a sandwich.

It's the risk of slipping which is the problem, with sloppy eaters sending onions tumbling to the ground when they aren't safely secured by their accompanying sausage.

Commercial radio stations in New Zealand also seized on the Bunnings sausage story, with More FM stationing a reporter in a auto park with instructions to try and slip on onions. For many, the guidance was nothing short of an attack on their personal freedom.

"Just onions, they need to be available", said Ardern.

"To be frank, our customers know onions are for eating not dropping".

"And, can I particularly say to those who are cooking them who are out there supporting their local sporting teams, charities and all the rest of them, how good are you".

Magee said his restaurant placed onions beneath a sausage upon request only - usually from customers with beards who wanted to minimize mess. "Onions on top, or underneath, however you like".

But others testified that they have indeed experienced unsafe encounters with onions piled on top of sausages.

The placement of the onions on a sausage sanga has been a hot topic around Australia this week.

Bunnings did its best to respond seriously to the barrage.

On Tuesday, Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Debbie Poole confirmed with Melbourne radio 3AW the new rule, assuring customers that the impact on their lives would be minimal.

Health and safety has snagged the humble Bunnings sausage sizzle.