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Hate the campaign? At least it’s not Russia

03/30/2012 08:56:00 AM
Chris Koger

I found it refreshing. Things are a little wilder. Laws seem laxer.

But there’s a point when that independent streak can be seen as extreme.

Take for example, Tammie Wilson’s idea of how food safety issues should be handled in Alaska.

Wilson, a North Pole Republican, has introduced a bill in the hopes of boosting local food and farmers markets sales.

The bill, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, would do away with most of the state’s food safety regulations pertaining to direct-to-consumer sales. That includes seafood, dairy and meat. 

According to the Daily News-Miner the state doesn’t have regulations for produce sold directly to consumers, but relieving producers, no matter what size, from food safety responsibility has Alaskan health officials worried.

Wilson offered the bill as a response to what she claims are undue expenses for permits and equipment needed by local food purveyors.

Her solution: Blame the consumer.

“We just think that there’s something called responsibility that is here,” she said during a committee hearing, according to the News-Miner

“I don’t think government is there to keep us safe from absolutely everything. You can’t protect everybody from everything.”

Instead, small growers/ranchers would hand out cards telling consumers the food hadn’t been inspected and could be harmful to eat.

Wilson must have a dim view of her constituents. I’ve never met anyone from the North Pole, but this should fire up the electorate to replace her in the next election.

I also believe that people should take responsibility for what they eat. Don’t eat old fish. Wash fresh produce. Don’t eat raw meat. Avoid raw milk.

But anyone selling food should be responsible for their negligence, should a foodborne illness outbreak occur. 

There’s no get-out-of-jail free card.

ckoger@thepacker.com

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