The London Free Press reports that the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health is urging the Ontario government to back down from exemptions in its food rules that would allow "religious organizations, service clubs and fraternal organizations serving food at special events and bake sales, as well as farmers' markets food vendors" to go unmolested by food inspectors from Ontario Medical Health Units. Uncoincidentally, these same units are headed by the Ontario Medical Officers of Health.
Either Pollett is completely self-serving or he is a giant rube… or possibly both. The "public" is certainly not at any risk, only those individuals who choose to go to bake sales or farmers's markets — a risk that is commensurate with the bake sale or market vendors' interests in poisoning their clientele. In other words, hardly worth the expense of an aggressive and over-sized bureaucracy. Pollett is arbitrarily entrenched and protected in his position as a government official by the same government that he is lobbying — yet elected politicians are expected to recuse themselves in matters in which they have a conflict of interest. Not less, but even more should be expected from unelected bureaucrats. Better yet, Officers of Health and every such supervisory government post should be an elected position.
"This weakening of basic public health protection puts the public at greater risk of food-borne illness."
Friday, June 23, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Friday, June 23, 2006