Thursday, September 10, 2009

Biscuit Notes

As someone with a professional interest in risk management, I read the story of the dangers lurking in the seemingly innocent matter of eating a biscuit. A survey has revealed that there are many ways for the innocent biccy to book you a trip to A&E. Of the 500 they indentified:

29% had been splashed or scalded by hot drinks while dunking or trying to fish the remnants from hot tea.

28% had choked on crumbs

10% had broken a tooth or filling biting a biccy

3% had poked themselves in the eye with a biscuit

7% were bitten by a pet or "other wild animal" trying to get their biscuit

And one man ended up stuck in wet concrete after wading in to pick up a stray biscuit.

From the research, a Biscuit Injury Threat Evaluation (or BITE) has been carried out. Custard creams are the riskiest biscuit and get a score of 5.63.

The full list of biscuits in risk order:

  • Custard Cream 5.63
  • Cookie 4.34
  • Choc Biscuit Bar (eg: Rocky) 4.12
  • Wafer 3.74
  • Rich Tea 3.45
  • Bourbon 3.44
  • Oat Biscuit 3.31
  • Digestive 3.14
  • Ginger Nut 2.99
  • Shortbread 2.90
  • Caramel Shortcake 2.76
  • Nice Biscuit 2.27
  • Iced Biscuits/Party Rings 2.16
  • Chocolate Finger 1.38
  • Jaffa Cakes 1.16

I’m sticking to Jaffa Cakes from now on.

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