Homemade Community Meals are a Public Health Threat?

Apparently so in New Mexico! How long before this comes to your hometown?

Thanks to Sandy over at the Junkfood Science blog for this story!


It’s already being called Posole-gate.

“The more we look to the government to protect us, the more freedoms we lose,” said one resident. This became a reality today when government health officials went after an 84-year old tradition and told the nuns at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that their church dinner of homemade posole, tamales and biscochitos was against the law. Every December 14th, after the Our Lady of Guadalupe procession, church ladies have served traditional posole and biscochitos for parishioners and the public. The Environment Health Department, however, determined the potluck was a threat to public safety and a violation of the city’s food ordinance.

“Our concern here is only about public safety,” John Soladay, Albuquerque’s environmental health director, told the Albuquerque Journal. Homemade food doesn’t comply with city law, which is intended to protect the public from contaminated food, he said. It’s no different from homemade cupcakes and cookies, nachos and popcorn no longer being allowed in schools because they might put children at risk of foodborne illnesses.

Read the FULL STORY here.

I wasn’t aware that there have been far too many people poisoned, made ill, by participating in Community Pot-Luck style meals.

Schools and churches and community centers of all kinds have been holding/hosting pot-luck dinners, bake sales, picnics for decades………..all of them open to the public. I’ve never seen any news reports of outbreaks of illness because of this. The only stories like it I’ve seen have been from cruise ships/restaurants/produce we buy in the stores!!!

According to the story in the Albuquerque Journal a city official states:

No Home Cookin’ at Festival

COPYRIGHT:Copyright 2008 Albuquerque Journal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck
Journal Staff Writer

A city official said Tuesday that because the event is open to the public, the church must abide by city laws for food handling and distribution.

“Our concern here is only about public safety,” said John Soladay, Albuquerque’s environmental health director.

City law “stipulates that food prepared for distribution to the public must be prepared in an approved kitchen,” he said. “Food prepared at home does not meet that criteria.”

The city ordinance is intended to protect the public from contaminated food, he said.

So, food prepared at home doesn’t meet the cities safety standards? Then why are people allowed to poison themselves? I mean if you don’t trust the people to cook for their friends and neighbors for a block party, then why trust them to cook for themselves?

All this “safety” nonsense is going way too far now if you ask me. This festival has been held for more that three-quarters of a century and NOW the city wants to pull this crap? Talk about government going too far. It’s enough to make me want to cook up a storm and offer the food on my front lawn to anyone who passes by!!

What’s next? Can’t feed your guests because you might have contaminated food? Well guess what? THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE CHEMICALLY LADEN FOOD IN THE STORES IS ANY SAFER!!!!

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary

Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin Franklin


~ by swfreedomlover on November 20, 2008.

7 Responses to “Homemade Community Meals are a Public Health Threat?”

  1. So its not the director of the health department, but fromt he ENVIRONMENTAL health department???? Good God, the Greenies have invaded EVERYTHING!!! Incidentally, here will be the next piece of important mail you should receive in the mail, certified of course:

    “Recent Memo From Your Personally Assigned Big Brother Representative:

    Henceforth, no person shall be able to prepare, cook, or distribute food sources of any type to other members of society or themselves. You should receive your personally assigned, government mandated Nutrition Expert within 14 business days. They shall procure your food sources at govenrment approved distribution sites, transport these food to your hoome, under strict supervision of armored vehicle security services. Your Nutrition expert will now decide what you eat, will prepare it for you, in government approved portion sizes of course. You will still however have to oversee the cleanup of personal waste excretions on your own. Should you wake up in the middle of the night and need a glass of water, you will need to call the toll-free number provided for an on call Nutrition Expert, so that they may come over and get you said glass of water. Penalty for violations will be death by public firing squad (with non-lead ammunition). Until your Nutrition expert arrives you will be allowed to use your water from the tap only, and this prescribed vitamin pack enclosed. Thank you for your compliance”

  2. You are tooooo funny sometimes Mike! Unfortunately I can actually see your scenario happening the way things are going. I almost fell out of my chair reading that on the Junkfood Science blog this morning.

    Seriously, when is the last time you heard about a community falling ill after a community-wide pot-luck dinner?

    *note to self – find super-duper top secret communication device and signal the mother ship to come and save me from this backwards, barbaric planet*

  3. You would think the ENVIRONMENTAL health director would be more worried about the health of his beloved trees that were killed to first off, implement such a law onto paper (last I checked the government still uses a LOT of this), and then the subsequent uprising of newspapers everywhere that print this information, including the following leters tot he editor supporting both sides of the issue. What a genocidal atrocity to the trees, and yet he says nothing about that? Hmmm, guess lasagna dishes and tortillas are more vigilant in their attacks on humans than previously thought. And the resulting deaths will require use of more land for cemetaries or (uh-oh) pollution creating crematoriums!!!! NOW I see why the environmental guy is getting in ont his!!!

  4. That is really sad and horrible! I wasn’t aware that schools were banning homemade snacks, too. I remember my mother baking cupcakes and pumpkin bread for us on several occasions. Nobody died. I love to cook for special occasions, and I can see where at least some of the nuns might have enjoyed it, too. (To say nothing of the parishoners!) I love to taste things that other people cook.

    Regarding Mike’s post, I’m a little worried about attempts to satirize this. Might give them ideas. And I don’t even think I’m joking.

  5. Lilo, schools started banning sweets at school to fight the “war on childhood obesity”……………this is just an extension of that.

    It’s getting really pathetic out there and still most don’t see it, they think anything that protects us from anything is a good thing. Ben Franklin was right “those who would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”…..and they’ll get neither.

  6. Common Sense, we need you back.

  7. Unfortunately, common sense has passed away:


    The Death of Common Sense
    By Lori Borgman

    Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense.

    His obituary reads as follows:

    Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape.
    Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering. Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S.

    A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet. C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

    A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men’s movement, body piercing, whole language and new math.

    C.S.’s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus. In the following decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf. His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

    As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last. Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

    Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought.

    Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.


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