Aussie PM refuses to get snagged on sausage debate

Changes to Bunnings Warehouse sausage sizzle called 'un-Australian' for a safety overhaul

"This recommendation is provided to the community groups within their fundraising sausage sizzle welcome pack and is on display within the gazebos when barbeques are underway".

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.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the trans-Tasman barbeque concern, saying both she and Morrison wanted sausage sizzles to continue in perpetuity, no matter the risks.

Bunnings New Zealand confirmed it would also direct people running its stores' sausage sizzles to follow the Australian directive, requiring the onions to go on first, followed by the sausage, to avoid a slip hazard if the onion fell out.

Bunnings have explained that the reason for the change is for health and safety reasons as it was feared that customers bringing their sandwiches into the store - they are served outside - could potentially drop the onions onto the ground and subsequently slip on them.

"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.

TOP IMAGE: The classic Bunnings sausage sizzle. For many, the guidance was nothing short of an attack on their personal freedom. But, I'm sorry, you've got this one wrong.

"This is your turn to look them in the eye and say, 'Onion bike!'"

'To be frank, our customers know onions are for eating, not dropping. "We call it an underdog", he said.

Along with the fired-up commentary, were oniongate-themed memes, ranging from "how to construct the flawless sanga" images to tripping hazard cartoons and advertisements for rebellious 'like your onions on top?' events. Was Bunnings being "un-Australian" to dictate where onions should go?

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

Bunnings did its best to respond seriously to the barrage.

Bunnings is suggesting barbecues hosted outside its stores to serve onions straight onto the bread underneath the sausage because the onions pose a slipping threat.

"Safety is always our No. 1 priority", Debbie Poole, a spokeswoman for Bunnings Warehouse, said in a statement.

The company denied that the guidance was really a marketing ploy meant to go viral.

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