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When the remedy is worse than the disease

September 21, 2010

Maybe some of you have read this blog a couple of weeks ago – I mentioned how we were trying to find ways to donate our surplus food to charities. This ended up being a lot more complicated than at first sight may seem.

We have, almost every day, a certain amount of delicious, healthy and fresh food that we don’t want; others want delicious, healthy and fresh food, that they don’t have. The equation seems simple, right? Wrong. After a week of e-mailing and making phone calls, contacting many charities to find out if we could make anybody happy with a free meal, I realised that, due to health and safety regulations, it is actually impossible for charities to accept and redistribute food that isn’t wrapped and does not have a use-by date written on it.

Now, our food is all fresh and prepared on site, which is why it is so fantastic in the first place (I know, modesty is not my forte). Obviously it isn’t wrapped and doesn’t have a use-by date on it! It does make one wonder. Health and safety regulations need to exist and be complied with, evidently: who does not want to be healthy and safe? But in some situations I think that the rules fail to remember their original purpose. Or, as Sir Francis Bacon put it, “the remedy is worse than the disease”.

With pain in my heart I conclude that we have to continue throwing our food in the bin.

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