One of the new foods planned for this year’s Minnesota State Fair has been pulled following protests about its use of plastic syringes.
The Wingwalker Donut Flight due to be launched by The Hangar, in the North End of the fairground, was set to allow customers to fill their own doughnut holes with three fillings placed inside of a plastic syringe: Bavarian cream, chocolate custard and lingonberry jam.
But the sale of a product featuring single-use plastics, as well as the use of syringes to contain something seen as a “treat,” prompted a backlash on the State Fair Facebook page and a petition signed by more than 3,000 people on Change.org.
“The waste generated (three syringes times thousands and thousands of orders) over the 10 day fair run is absurd,” the petition said. “In addition, the image conveyed by syringes being cool and containing treats, not to mention being littered around on the ground is not one we should be wanting to promote.”
On Friday, the State Fair confirmed in a that The Hangar will no longer use plastic syringes as part of the flight and it will be removed from the New Food List.
“We understand the impact food packaging has on the environment, and The Hangar, along with the fair, has decided that plastic syringes will not be used as part of the Wingwalker Donut Flight,” the State Fair said, saying it “immediately” began talks with The Hangar once it received the negative feedback.