Posthaste Facts on the Environment #5

Government Poised to Aid Canola-Drenched Chipmunks

Produced June 1993

Warning: Government regulators have determined that food is environmentally hazardous.

Salad oil, butter fat, cocoa butter and other oils used in food preparation may soon be classified as "hazardous materials" by the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) when shipped in quantities of 120 gallons or more, according to the June 1993 edition of The Food Service Distributor magazine. This means that companies shipping cooking oils in bulk will be required to comply with the same costly labeling, employee training and packaging requirements as companies shipping toxic waste. But that's not the worst of it: Since the National Safe Food Transportation Act (recently approved) prohibits shipping food in trailers that have been used to transport "hazardous materials," after cooking oils have been transported once in a trailer that trailer can never be used again to transport food stuffs -- including cooking oil!

Food Service Distributors news editor Michael Buzlaka perhaps summed up the absurdity of the forthcoming regulations best, saying, "...there's nothing worse than pictures of canola-drenched chipmunks beamed into our homes during the dinner hour."


Posthaste Facts on the Environment #5, published June 1993 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. For more information about Posthaste #5 contact Bob Adams at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]

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