A PRIMARY school has banned fruit-based sweets after a pupil was found to be severely allergic to them.

Parents of children at Sanderson's Wynd Primary School, Tranent, have been told not to send their children to school with snacks including popular brand names such as Skittles and Starburst.

One parent claimed she had her child's carton of orange juice confiscated and fruit was being removed.

However the school insisted the ban related only to sweets which were fruit-based.

An East Lothian Council spokesman said: “A pupil has recently been diagnosed with a severe food allergy and, in light of advice and training received, staff have asked parents to avoid sending certain fruit-based sweets with their children to school."

Earlier this month it was revealed Campie Primary School in Musselburgh had banned bananas after a child was identified as having a severe allergy.