New instructions on how to make a safe sausage sandwich come with fun.
The guidelines, which have been implemented by the Bunnings warehouse in Australia and New Zealand, govern the way in which sausages should be carried out from now on.
They mean that the fried onion can no longer be placed on the top of the sausage, but now it must be at the bottom.
The shifting – which has already been rolled out in Australia – addresses the obvious dangers posed by some pieces of fried onion falling on the ground.
"Security is always the number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that the onion should be placed under the sausages to prevent the onion from falling and creating a slip risk," said Bunnings Australia chief Debbie Poole.
Safe rules for discomfort were revealed by Melbourne's 3W radio station this week and triggered a mix of fun and discomfort.
The New Zealand chef Simon Gault said he believed the decision was ridiculous.
"I have just cast my share of onions on the ground and have not seen anyone skip yet," he said.
"I think there is the advantage of cutting the onions a little smaller so they do not fall so easily and maybe put them under the sausage or the top is a personal preference – but that seems a little crazy to me.
"Up or down, who cares – but the onions are necessary to think of a sausage on a piece of bread."
Famous chef Peter Blakeway was also entertained by the idea.
"I think the sausages must be over the onions quite odd. Does it make a difference in taste? he said.
"Someone has decided it's safer, but it's not blind if the onions go to the top or bottom. It's just strange that someone spent the day thinking about it.
However, Blakeway said he loves sausage sizzles and will continue to support them despite the silly instructions.
"I like the idea of people in our community coming together to raise some money or awareness and to use food as a means to do that," he said.
"So I do not really care if the sausage is big or not, and I do not care if the onions are under it. A good cause is a good cause and I'll buy the sausage anyway."
But when it comes to good sausage and combo bread, Blakeway said the sausage should be pork, and spicy barbecue sauce made all the difference.
The sausage gate has also sparked a response to the social media in many ways with health and safety rules.
The NZ tweeted warehouse, "We are happy with the safety standards for our sausages. To be honest, our customers know that onions are for food, not for a fall.
"What do our customers expect at ground level on a daily basis? Our daily low prices are real bangers # sausagegate2018 #snarlerfirst"
Hutt South MP Christopher Bishop also published some advice from his mother.
"Re Bunnings snarlers, my mom has sent me messages to note that" if you put the onions under the sausage, the chopped bread goes rosemary and the whole thing collapses "Ergo, the risk of sliding the onion grows exponentially." WELL SAID MUM #bunnings #snaggate "
Bunnings does not believe the change will have a big impact.
"No matter how you like yours [sausage sizzle], we are confident that this new service proposal will not affect the delicious flavor or the great feeling you get when you support your local community team, "said Poole.
Be sure the sweet smell of sizzle will not leave New Zealand anytime soon.