Province says Craft Sale bakers need licenses, kitchen inspections

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    Nov 19, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    Craft sales lose bakers over P.E.I. inspections

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    People running some craft sales on P.E.I. are starting to insist baked goods at their events come only from provincially-inspected kitchens, even though the rules are not rigorously enforced.

    'We're certainly sensitive to some of the organizations that are out there that do good work.'
    — Environmental health manger Joe BradleyThe rules aren't new, but craft fair organizers are becoming more aware of them, and some are self-policing in response. Some have lost bakers who've decided not to go through the approval process.

    "We're just a small craft fair but it probably affected three or four. It's certainly something, like I say, is something I don't think people are really aware of," Cheryl Jollimore Reid, who helps organize the annual Christmas Craft Fair in New London, told CBC News Thursday.

    "This year we were just notified, through word of mouth more than anything, that you could not have people in there selling baked goods who did not have their kitchen approved by the environmental health."

    This year, she heard through the grapevine that people who bake things like cookies and squares for the event need to have a licence.

    Environmental health manager Joe Bradley can't remember any bake sale or vendor being shut down because their kitchen wasn't licensed. Technically, everyone who sells baked goods to the public should have their kitchens inspected and approved by the province, but Bradley said health inspectors aren't out on weekends checking every cookie in every community hall.

    Instead, he said they try to work with groups before an event, to make sure everyone is cooking in a clean, safe environment.

    "We're certainly sensitive to some of the organizations that are out there that do good work and do fundraising but, from our perspective, we do have an expectation that food that is sold to the public is coming from a safe source," said Bradley.

    In order to get approved, a health inspector will visit someone's home and make sure their water supply and kitchen are clean. They would then get a certificate they can display along with their baked goods at the event.


    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2010/11/19/pei-craft-sale-baker-inspection-584.html#ixzz15jRornj7
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    Nov 19, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    What you need is a Million Craft Goer March to protest this practice. Whatever practice it is we are protesting. The point of the article escapes me. But I sure it is significant and needs our united attention immediately. Passing chocolate cookies with a hair in them. Disgusting! The Nerve! Nuke Canada NOW!
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    Nov 19, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    Scene from a bake sale:

    "Oh look, Mom, cookies!"

    "Well, yes dear they are, we'll get some if you like." Mom opens purse. Then looks again at cookies.

    "Are those sprinkles that have melted on the cookies?" Peers at green melted frosting.

    "Ah, no." says vendor. "Little Jillie and Aaron have bad colds and they were helping out...."


    ...ew.

    -Doug
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    Nov 19, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    We interrupt our on-going discussion of Obama's retarded administration, Congress in chaos, the financial fiasco, and the new member's first post concerning his inability to find a man to bring you the latest drama in PEI bake sales.
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    Nov 19, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    Later, at the bake sale:

    "My goodness look at the crusts on those pies!! What an interesting blue. Is it from juice in the filling?"

    "er, no, we ran low on pastry so Amber and Carly added some Play-Doh...."

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    Nov 19, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    We regret to announce the indisposition of UC after eating a piece of Craft Fair pie made in the nasty-ass kitchen of Marilla Cuthbert.