Fried Food, Perfume Banned in New Health Dept. Guidelines
Via the NYDailyNews, the
Nanny State New York City Health Department has issued a new set of guidelines for workers entitled, “Life in the Cubicle Village”.
Employees also got a bright-colored brochure stipulating what can and can’t be served at meetings and parties. Tap water is a menu must when food or drinks are served. Other beverages must be less than 25 calories per 8 ounces.
“Cut muffins and bagels into halves or quarters, or order mini sizes. Offer thinly-sliced, whole-grain bread,” the brochure states. Deep-fried foods are an absolute no-no and “cannot be served.”
For celebrations, cake and air-popped popcorn – “popped at the party and served in brown paper lunch bags” – are allowed. But when a “celebration cake” is served, cookies can’t be offered. “These standards are mandatory for meetings and events sponsored by the Health Department,” the brochure states.
The cubicle village tips are good – but unnecessary – advice, a worker said. “As somebody who does not have sensitivity to perfumes or scents or smells of people’s foods, I thought it was kind of ridiculous, though I’m sure the people who do have those kinds of problems are grateful.”
So cake is ok yet no cookies or french fries? While I can understand the Health Department’s intentions, I would like to believe that employees working there would make the choice themselves to lead by example. I certainly wouldn’t want my employer dictating “guidelines” for my personal food choices.