The Government


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Joined Oct 7, 2001
Here is a discussion that I hope will bring a lot of heated debate to this site. What is your feeling on the government regulation of the restaurant industry? Are they really out for the public's safety or are these people just trying to justify their jobs? Have they gone overboard with their regulations? Personally, I think state governments need to give it a rest. In New Jersey (I dont know if the law was repealled yet) restaurants couldnt serve sunnyside up eggs. Many places will no longer sell MR hamburgers because if someone gets sick from it the restaurant is liable in the states eyes. In the city of chicago now Streets and Sanitation officals now have the right to close a restaurant if they see a violation. What are these people's training and qualifications? In many states you are held liable if you serve foods cooked under the recommended temps (in most cases at least MW) and you do not post a warning to the hazards of undercooked food. These are just a few of the laws and regulations heaped upon restaurants. As a consumer I want my food as I like it not as some government lawmaker tells me I must have it, which means my burgers and steaks rare, my oysters raw, my pork MR-M, and my eggs soft-poached. Can you tell- I've just been through Chicagos Sanitation Certification? Any comments?
Joined May 14, 1999
I dunno... in some ways it may be a lack of government regulation that's the problem. The United States is the only industrial country in the world where the beef industry is regulated by the Department of Agriculture and not the Department of Health. Ecoli is a serious issue and can escape detection by the most disciplined and committed chefs.There are simple tests that can be performed at meat packing plants that simply are not in use. The burden now falls upon the end user (you and me) to insure that foods are (over) cooked to insure safety (?). I think the whole thing is backwards. Even grocery stores have warning labels affixed to raw poultry? Why not check for salmonella at the plant rather than affix a "buyer beware" label? We cannot deny that we are polluting our precious world and contaminating our foods with reckless disregard. In Michigan we've been urged to not eat our lake fish more than once per week. Half the time we can't use our beaches in the summer due to ecoli. Excessive regulations are the symptom of a much more serious issue that most of us would rather not face. The sad truth is that we are poisoning ourselves and our posterity. In our litigation-crazed culture, the chef is likely to be sued,long before the packer. These regulations may be your best line of defense in a court of law. What you dislike today may be your salvation tomorrow.
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