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State Mandates Food Cops in Every Restaurant

"I'll be your food protection manager tonight. What can't I serve you?"

"I'll be your food protection manager tonight. What can't I serve you?"

Starting Feb. 1, every restaurant in Mass. will be forced to employ at least one “certified food protection manager.” Among the many duties to be assumed by the state-mandated food cops will be teaching fellow staff about “washing hands with soap and water and not hand sanitizer, and wiping food preparation areas, table tops and highchairs with commercial-strength cleaners.”

The most important task ahead, say proponents of the mandatory food safety initiative, is preventing patrons with food allergies from being poisoned or killed by their meals. The newly enlisted food protection managers will be responsible for personally serving every ‘special needs’ patron while teaching fellow servers and kitchen staff how to avoid contaminating plates with allergens.

“Restaurants are also encouraged to make simpler dishes by avoiding ingredients that hide allergens, like some mollusks and shellfish, barley and rye,” reports Boston’s WCVB-TV. “Currently, federal law does not require ‘minor’ allergens to be clearly listed on food labels.”

Got that? Thanks to the new law, chefs will be “encouraged” to alter their signature recipes that they’ve crafted for the vast majority of patrons who do not have food allergies.

Simply posting warnings on menus about potential food allergens contained in dishes would make too much sense and force those with food allergies to actually pay attention to what they choose to consume. This way, they can not be held responsible for getting sick — it’s the restaurants and chefs who will be blamed and sued for poisoning them. Talk about a ‘Happy Meal’ for trial lawyers!

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Senate Erroneously Confirms ‘Food Safety Crisis’ Is Real Despite New CDC Data Proving Otherwise

"Congratulations on one of our final acts of sabotaging democracy and freedom together!"

"Congratulations on one of our final acts of sabotaging democracy and freedom together!"

Here’s something to chew on that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in the State-Run Media’s news buffet: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released “precise” new data last week that “thoroughly refute the misleading claims of alarmists advocating for vastly expanding federal regulation of the food supply.”

The House recently passed its version of the Food Safety bill using exaggerated CDC numbers from 1999 to create the aura of a crisis in Americans’ minds, reports the Heritage Foundation. On Sunday evening, the Senate pushed ahead in turning myths in to reality by agreeing to pass the ‘junk science’ legislation with a voice vote, despite the CDC’s new report released last Wednesday showing significant drops in food-borne illnesses and related deaths.

“The previous figures cited by the CDC originated from estimates compiled in 1999,” Heritage Foundation’ Diane Katz notes. “The new figures, employing data from 2000 to 2008 and better statistical methods, represent ‘the most accurate picture yet’ of food-borne illness, agency officials said.”

Just another instance of big government bureaucrats neglecting to take the time to read anything pertinent to the issue at hand before ‘passing the bill‘ and screwing American citizens with needless reforms for the sake of “change.”

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Calif. Law Will Require License to Flip Burgers

"You got a license for that spatula?"

"You got a license for that spatula?"

Anyone seeking low-wage employment as a fry cook or burger flipper at fast food restaurants in Calif. will soon have to pass a state-administered licensing exam to assure they are skilled in their ‘trades.’

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) was the mastermind behind the Food Safety law that stands to bankroll the fiscally irresponsible state with $105 million in “food handler” licensing and training fees in 2011 alone.

“Food handlers” charged with “preparation, storage or service of food” will be required as of June 1, 2011 by S.B. 602 to possess the licenses that will cost “no more than $60.” The training course prior to licensing will tack on another $15.

According to the California Restaurant Association which supported the licensing law, “California is home to more than 1.4 million food industry jobs.” If each of those 1.4 million food workers pay a total of $75 for their required training and licensing, the state will pull in an easy $105 million in 2011 alone. License renewals should ensure a steady flow of free money for years to come.

Does this sound like a big government revenue-generating scheme or an authentic effort by bureaucrats to ensure French fries, hamburgers, filet mignons, deli sandwiches, donuts, ice cream cones, coffee, etc. are properly prepared?

Here’s an even better question, how do you think the state will go about licensing illegal aliens who work ‘in the shadows’ for food service employers? Surely, they won’t be applying for the licenses, but will still be preparing food in kitchens at countless restaurants across the state. Try asking Sen. Padilla how that’s going to work since he’s so concerned about ensuring “food safety.”

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PETA Exploits Egg ‘Crisis’ to Call for Ban in Iowa Schools

"Eat this, PETA!"

"Eat this, PETA!"

Sensationalizing the so-called egg ‘crisis’ that has caused less than a half of one percent of Americans to experience temporary bouts of indigestion and diarrhea, radical animal ‘rights’ group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging Iowa’s governor to permanently ban eggs from public school cafeterias.

As can be expected from PETA, the salmonella issue at hand is not what has prompted the organization to whore itself in the media yet again — it’s just a vehicle to promote PETA’s anti-meat, pro-vegan agenda. The public’s health is of not what concerns PETA as much as saving chickens and their eggs from being served as food.

“In addition to being one of the leading causes of food poisoning, eggs are cholesterol bombs, increasing the risk of suffering from clogged arteries and heart disease later in life,” states PETA’s letter to Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D). “In addition, children like animals and despise cruelty. They would be upset to learn that hens used for their eggs are among the most abused animals on Earth.”

PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman penned the letter to Culver citing that she is a “mother herself” and that’s part of the reason why she’s concerned about making sure school children do not contract salmonella from eggs in cafeterias. If protecting school kids was truly her motivation then, perhaps, this ‘Mother of the Year’ candidate would have made the plea to all of the nation’s governors as opposed to targeting the one in the state where salmonella outbreak is assumed to have arisen.

“Schools have a duty to protect our kids,” Reiman says. “By tossing eggs out of the diets of Iowa schoolchildren, Governor Culver can reduce their risk of illness while also teaching them an important lesson about being kind to animals.”

Speaking of “being kind” to living creatures, PETA should consider that approach with regards to how it respects corporations’ right to free enterprise within our democratic nation. The organization has gone on the record wishing death and destruction to agricultural industries, restaurants, and scientific laboratories because their animals are their business to slaughter, cook, serve, and dissect.

PETA has a 'death wish' for businesses and science labs that don't adhere to the organization's radical animal 'rights' agenda. Learn the truth about PETA at petakillsanimals.com.

PETA has a 'death wish' for businesses and science labs that don't adhere to the organization's radical animal 'rights' agenda. Learn the truth about PETA at petakillsanimals.com.

The Center for Consumer Freedom cites PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich on July 3, 2001 stating in an audio recording, “It would be great if all the fast-food outlets, slaughter houses, these laboratories and the banks who fund them exploded tomorrow.”

PETA is not interested in saving human lives, much less protecting the public health from a bad case of the runs caused by some ‘rotten’ eggs. Their agenda and rhetoric are clear, reports a profile of the organization on ActivistCash.com:

PETA seeks “total animal liberation,” according to its president and co-founder, Ingrid Newkirk. That means no meat or dairy, of course; but it also means no aquariums, no circuses, no hunting or fishing, no fur or leather, and no medical research using animals. PETA is even opposed to the use of seeing-eye dogs.

Contact Gov. Chet Culver and tell him to stand firm against publicity attempts by PETA to propagandize the so-called egg ‘crisis’ so they can advance their anti-meat agenda in his state. Countless poultry farmers in Iowa that provide schools with eggs to make everything from omelets to brownies are cannot afford for Culver to cave to this radical special interest group.

Or you can contact Gov. Culver the old-fashioned way:
Office of the Governor
State Capitol | 1007 East Grand Ave. | Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: 515.281.5211

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