Government Nanny Award: Terry Pierce of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources!
It is illegal in North Carolina to cook or serve a Burger that is anything less than Medium (and apparently has been for some time).
No Rare, but more importantly (to us foodies) NO MEDIUM RARE.
You can read the regulations. They’re in the N.C. Administrative Code, and that’s accessible online, at www.deh.enr.state.nc.us/ehs/rules.htm. You want Section 2600, “Rules Governing The Sanitation of Food Service Establishments.”
In the administrative rules, you will find Rule 2609, Part E:
“Potentially hazardous foods requiring cooking shall be cooked to heat all parts of the food to a temperature of at least 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) except as follows:”
And then: “(3): Ground beef and foods containing ground beef shall be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 155 degrees F (68 degrees C).” (Charlotte Observer).
That’s Medium folks, you know, no pink and on it’s way to shoe leather.
“We don’t get too many complaints,” said Luke Thomas, bar manager at Big Daddy’s Burger in Charlotte. “People are used to it.”
Isn’t your government Nanny wonderful. Just think what will happen when ObamaCare is in full swing, you won’t even get a burger because it’s bad for you to begin with. Evil Meat. Evil Salt. Evil Fat. Killing animals-evil! 🙂
So in North Carolina, enjoy your Medium non-pink, non-juicy burgers while you can.
And the rest of us will hope this disease doesn’t spread. But give Liberals an inch they’ll take a light year.
But North Carolina is hardly the only state with such rules. South Carolina and Wyoming also mandate burgers be cooked to 155 degrees. In fact, South Carolinians got so tired of burnt burgers that they revised the law a few years ago to allow customers 18 and older to order up rare burgers at some restaurants — provided the restaurants not be held responsible for the health risk. Similar laws are in place in California and Colorado, where burgers can be cooked at a lower 145 degrees, if cooked for at least three minutes.
In other states, restaurants are allowed to cook burgers to rare or medium-rare if they put a disclaimer on the menu warning you that consuming undercooked meat risks exposure to food-borne illness or they aren’t serving an at-risk population, such as small children, the elderly or people who have compromised immune systems. But in an N.C. restaurant, you cannot do that. It is a violation of the health code.
Gee, no one saw that coming…Lawyers, radical vegans,and Healthy Nannies. 😦
So enjoy that All-American Classic while you can, because Nanny Wants You!
Thomas Sowell Part II: The only thing surprising about Barack Obama’s latest blow against Israel is that there are people who are surprised. As for a Palestinian homeland, that was never a big issue when the Arabs controlled that land, up to 1967.
Obama’s declaration that Israel must give up the land it acquired, after neighboring countries threatened its survival in 1967, is completely consistent with both his ideology of many years and his previous actions as President of the United States.
Whether as a radical student, a community organizer or a far left politician, Barack Obama’s ideology has been based on a vision of the Haves versus the Have Nots. However complex the ramifications of this ideology, and however clever the means by which Obama has camouflaged it, that is what it has amounted to.
No wonder he was moved to tears when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright summarized that ideology in a thundering phrase– “white folks’ greed runs a world in need.”
Israel is one of the Haves. Its neighbors remain among the Have Nots, despite their oil. No wonder that Barack Obama has bent over backward, in addition to bowing low forward, to support the side that his ideology favors.
Whether at home or abroad, Obama’s ideology is an ideology of envy, resentment and payback.
Israel is not simply to have its interests sacrificed and its security undermined. It is to be brought down a peg and– to the extent politically possible– insulted. Obama has already done all these things. His latest pronouncement is just more of the same.
One of the first acts of Barack Obama as president was to send money to the Palestinians, money that can be used to buy rockets to fire into Israel, irrespective of the rationale for the money.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A photograph that should tell us a lot about Barack Obama shows him on the phone, talking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Obama was seated, leaning back in his chair, with his feet up on the desk, and the soles of his feet pointed directly at the camera. In the Middle East, showing the soles of your feet is an insult, as Obama undoubtedly knows.
This photograph was no accident. Photographers cannot roam around White House, willy-nilly, taking snapshots of the President of the United States as he talks to leaders of foreign nations.
It was a photograph with a message. No one would have known who was on the other end of the line, unless Obama wanted them to know — and wanted to demonstrate his disdain.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visits to the White House have been unlike previous Israeli leaders’ visits to the White House, and certainly unlike the pomp and circumstance accompanying other nations’ leaders’ visits to the White House over the years.
After one of his meetings with Netanyahu, Barack Obama simply told the prime minister that he was going upstairs to have dinner. You wouldn’t say that to an ordinary neighbor visiting in your home, without inviting him to join you.
Obama knew that. Netanyahu knew that. It was a calculated insult. And the American public would have heard about it, if so much of the media didn’t have such a hear-no-evil, see-no-evil and speak-no-evil attitude in its coverage of Barack Obama.
Visits to the White House by prime ministers of Britain– our oldest and staunchest ally– have likewise been downplayed and Obama’s visit to the Queen of England was likewise conducted without the respect normally shown to a monarch. One of Obama’s first acts upon reaching the White House was to return to the British embassy a bust of Winston Churchill, the most eminent statesman in Britain’s history.
All of this is consistent with Obama’s general approach to foreign policy– selling out our allies to curry favor with our adversaries. He flew to Moscow, shortly after taking office, to renege on the American commitment to put a missile shield in Eastern Europe, in hopes of getting a deal with the Russians.
Obama is politically savvy enough to know how to get his point across without blowing his cover.
The fate of the United States of America may depend on how savvy we the people are in seeing what he is doing– and how soon, before the situation becomes irretrievable.