Dunno which bunch of scaremongers pisses off Alf the more: the Health Ministry mob who are gunning against obesity, or the Food Safety Authority when it warns against the dangers of spoon-licking after baking.
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority warned in this month’s edition of its Foodfocus newsletter that licking the spoon or mixing bowl had a “nasty bite”.
“It may be a traditional treat to lick the bowl and spoon when baking, but the New Zealand Food Safety Authority is advising against it after an outbreak of salmonellosis was linked to some brands of flour.”
A salmonella outbreak last year led to about 50 people falling ill. Investigations traced the outbreak to a batch of flour, and a number of children falling ill after baking.
So what is the magnitude of the mischief being addressed with this advice?
The authority referred the Herald on Sunday to the Ministry of Health for figures on salmonella poisoning related to licking the spoon or mixing bowl. The ministry says there are no recorded cases, and that the figures do not exist.
When the high-handed buggers can produce evidence to show there’s a problem, Alf might endorse the solutions they recommend. But not before.