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October 28, 2010
Camels are relentlessly stupid creatures, great for desert travel, beastly if they manage to stick their noses into your tent. So too are the bureaucratic camels that tell us they are coming to help. Hide your wallets and hold on to your tent poles.
April 7, 2007. The WBALTV website headline announced, "City Urges Restaurants To Go Trans Fat Free."
"Asking them." being the operative term, but not for long, as government bureaucrats have a nasty habit of moving forward from just asking to invoking new laws to justify their bloated staff budgets.
WBAL TV 11 News reporter Rob Roblin tried several trans fat-free dishes and said they all tasted great. Many customers agreed.
Such insightful journalism, Mr. Roblin, we're sure a local Emmy is in your future.
January 22, 2008. The WBALTV website headline informs us that, "Maryland Considers Trans Fat Study."
September 18, 2009. The Baltimore Health Department website headline proclaims, "Baltimore City Health Department Announces Start of Trans Fat Prohibition For Food Facilities."
Snort! These bureaucrats really think we are stupid.
Environmental Health sanitarians have reached out to local bakeries in an effort to learn how they will transition and have provided them with resources to alternatives - trans fat-free ingredients. Moderate and high priority food service facilities found to be using vegetable shortening, margarine or any kind of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or ingredients containing such will receive a violation. Repeat offenders could face closure.
So if the Baltimore Health Department finds that your restaurant catered a Tea Party event and used prepackaged food with more .5 grams of trans fat, your business could be toast? Or perhaps a Baltimore Environmental Health Sanitarian (Orwell would love that title) might suggest that, for a modest donation to the Mayor's re- election campaign, the illegal use of trans fats might just be overlooked. Some readers may say that could never happen, most realists will say it's only a matter of time. Bottom line, it is one hell of a bureaucratic stick for such a minor infraction.
October 25, 2010. The WBALTV website headline warns, "Baltimore Hands Out First Trans Fat Citation."
Oh my, environmental citation for repeat violations... why someone should slap this public enemy into the hoosegow and throw away the key!
No doubt Mr. Jeong will simply absorb the higher costs and not pass them on to his customers in the form of higher prices or smaller portions.
Restaurants nationwide may soon be required to scan the biometric information on your "mandatory carry" national health care card. Only then can you be served a delicious age appropriate, caloric appropriate, protein appropriate, sugar appropriate, and gluten appropriate dinner as specified by federal regulation.
Some readers may say that could never happen, most realists will say it's only a matter of time.