Shopper baffled by warning on back of pancake syrup bottle


A shopper has been left baffled after discovering an unusual warning on the back of a pancake syrup bottle.

The customer took to Reddit to share an image of the condiment’s label, which listed ingredients and nutritional information. However, an unexpected warning was what had people talking.

The label read: “To get a better taste, keep at less than 25 degrees. Cool after opening. Do not freeze and keep away from tractor and sun.”

Posting to the MildlyInteresting subreddit, the user said: “The pancake syrup I bought has ‘keep away from tractor’ printed on it…”

Others were quick to express their thoughts. One person joked: “High RPM, no shielding. They’re dangerous. All it takes is a loose, syrup covered, sleeve to get caught in there and you lose an arm.”

Another added: “[Original poster] needs to put their syrup near a tractor and report back on what happens.”

But a third warned: “Huge red flag. Everyone knows you only use tractor safe syrup.” And a fourth laughed: “How quickly we forget. Doesn’t anyone remember the Great Tractor Syrup tragedy of 63?”

One user even joked syrup had been responsible for a number of fatalities. “Many farmers have been known to drink a bottle or two while working,” they said.

“They get all jacked up on syrup and even a small amount of syrup can affect driving ability. In 2022, there were 2,337 farmers killed in syrup-related crashes where a farmer had a BSC of .01 to .07 g/dL.”

However, one person was able to provide a reasonable explanation as to what may have caused the labelling error. “There is a dot that shouldn’t be in the Arabic,” they explained. “That means ‘keep away from heat’, not tractors.”

One person responded: “I thought English was bad enough but that’s crazy how a single dot changes an entire words meaning!”

Another chimed in: “I was wondering if it was a bad translation of something, and while this doesn’t actually disprove that possibility, I used Google Lens on the original text, and still got ‘tractors’. But Google’s translation could’ve been what they used in the first place to make the label.”

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