Winnipeg orders woman to stop providing free bannock

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Winnipeg orders woman to stop providing free bannock

I know there are food regulations that have to be followed, but you'd think that whatever bureaucrat handled this would have had the presence of mind to kick it over to someone who could deal with it properly.

This just makes them look mean and stupid, and gets in the way of someone who is doing good work


Speaking of which, have any other anti-poverty groups like Food Not Bombs gotten that kind of cease and desist in Winnipeg?


Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

drift: I used to love bannock fresh made by neighbours in northern Ontario. Delicious.


A follow up article: now they're fine with the bannock, they just don't want her to give out chili or soup.  But it sounds like she's teamed up with another organization that makes the chili and soup, so what the heck is the problem?



Yeah, I read that last night; good to hear the have settled on a sensible decision.




The problem would not have been cook training but would have been Foodsafe training. Its very easy to poison someone if you don't have proper cleaning and storage techniques and facilities. 

I greatly admire people like this woman who make a selfless committment to help others sometimes not much worse off than themselves.

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How easy is it to poison someone with flour? I was a paid cook for twelve years and I can't imagine how that would be possible. Or rather, how it would be more possible than a restaurant which handles raw or cooked chicken and does have proper foodsafe training.




I too worked in food services for a long time, almost 30 years as a cook and a lot of that time with trades papers, both in restaurant and hospital.

 I said the foodsafe issue is likely why they talked to her, not because she didn't have cook training. No debate about ingredients.



Somehow I doubt that they clamp down on church and other charity bazaars, with their home-baked goods.

Indeed, food safety is a serious issue, and not just obvious vectors such as chicken and seafoods. A little-known but common vector is rice. A chef from Sweden happened to teach me that (at a research institute, people were keeping cooked rice in the frige for over a week).

I'm sure the bannock is a comfort in more ways than one.