Bad idea: community groups to be exempt from Australian food safety

With five daughters, I figured out a long time ago it was just easier for me to do the cooking at the endless fundraisers than engage in meaningless debates about why thermometers were important.

I bring my own.

This morning at hockey skating I was reminded of all the training and certification required to open doors for 5-year-olds, and all that is not vomit.toiletrequired to serve food.

The Australian Capital Territory has decided to exempt charity and community group sausage sizzles from new food safety regulations.

This in Canberra, the Australian capital, home to endless food safety bureaucrats, and where 140 got sick at a Mother’s Day brunch at a fancy restaurant that had no clue about the risk of raw eggs in mayonnaise.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced that community groups running temporary food stalls and barbecues with foods deemed low-risk would be granted an exemption.

“Certainly the feedback we’ve had from the community is that they don’t think that barbecues, sausage sizzles, should be subject to food safety standards.”

ClubsACT chief executive officer Jeff House welcomed the move to exempt sausage sizzles from the legislation.

“Common sense and sanity has prevailed, and I think there’s a number of lessons to be learnt out of this exercise in terms of ensuring that community interest and feedback factors into decision making,” he said.

Speaking to The Sunday Canberra Times earlier this month, ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Andrew Blyth said he hoped the rules would be changed.

”Sporting clubs are run by people who volunteer time and they don’t need someone in a high-vis vest telling them when to turn the sausages,” he said.

On Thursday he welcomed the amendment, calling it a “victory for common sense.”

It’s common sense until a bunch of people get sick.