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Food lady unfairly targeted

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It is unfortunate that Althea Guiboche has been ordered to stop producing food for the needy (Bannock is OK, chili not so much, March 16). I can understand the inspectors' logic, since there is no control over the preparation, cooking and storage of the food, and food poisoning is a possibility.

Food-handling training and a commercial kitchen, however, are no guarantee that a person will not get food poisoning. Look at the number of people who get sick every year from eating in restaurants.

This ruling doesn't appear to be equally enforced throughout the province. There are numerous church groups who are engaged to cater weddings and funerals, etc. As well, these groups often organize and cater church suppers.

How many of these volunteers have taken the food-handling course and how many, especially in rural areas, have commercial kitchens? Are inspectors going to start shutting these organizations down, or continue to turn a blind eye as they have been for numerous years?

The Free Press has interviewed numerous people who do much the same as Guiboche, and have they been targeted for the training and commercial kitchens? Even making sandwiches, food-handling training should be required.

ARTHUR MATTHEWS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 19, 2013 A11

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