Ketchup, ground cinnamon, chocolate mousse.
Some of the items getting tossed from the fridges of B.C. care homes all because the expiry dates are hard to read or the trans fat levels are considered too high.
“There is an excessive amount of red tape within a continuing care and perhaps government could work with us to find ways of eliminating some of that red tape.”
That’s according to BC Care Providers Association CEO Daniel Fontaine.
In tongue-in-cheek letter to Santa, B.C.’s care providers are calling for some of that red tape to be eased up or cut out altogether.
Fontaine gives example after example of how regulations are getting in the way of common sense and employees doing their jobs.
Ketchup bottle violation
He says one care provider was written up for a ketchup bottle violation.
“When they went into the fridge and they inspected all the contents of the fridge, found that a ketchup bottle didn’t have the proper, or an easy to read expiry label on it, so they were written up for that.”
Fontaine says another care home was cited for having food with ground cinnamon containing more than five per cent trans fat.
He says the rules and regulations are often beyond onerous, not to mention ridiculous, and it’s time to ease up.
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