Who doesn’t like delicious, Kansas City BBQ? Apparently, the local government.
Kookers Kare is a charity organization made up of barbecue chefs with the goal of feeding the homeless. For the last five years, thousands of pounds of BBQ and sides have been collected and dispersed throughout Kansas City to help feed the hungry and needy. But this year, the city’s health department dampened everybody’s spirit when it destroyed 700 pounds of fresh-cooked BBQ with bleach.
Inspectors arrived and couldn’t verify who cooked the BBQ and if they had a permit to do so. The meat and sides were discarded and to ensure no one came behind them to retrieve the goods, the inspectors doused the food with the deadly chemical.
A Facebook post from the Charles Koch Institute has more detail:
At a recent festival of famed Kansas City barbecue, "Kookers Kare - a group of barbecue chefs with hearts as big as their stomachs… [collected] more than 3,000 pounds of meat, and 1,200 pounds of sides" for the homeless and hungry. The charity has a refrigerated truck and a team of food experts to make sure that nothing goes wrong.
When health inspectors found out, they ordered food destroyed and soaked in bleach, because "it wasn't from a permitted establishment." It is a particularly sad result of anti-competitive privileges granted to incumbent businesses that great food can't be shared with the impoverished.
"[H]undreds already went hungry and it appears as many as 3,000 people won't get meals as a result."
The Kansas City Health Department defended its actions in a statement to local news:
All of that food was not inspected, so that makes it from an unapproved source, it can not be served to the public.
Was it held at the proper temperature when it was collected, when it was transported, how was it transported, stored, stacked, these are all questions we couldn’t answer and no one could tell us.
However, the chefs insist that all the food that is collected is either piping hot or refrigerated.
The Christian non-profit that distributes the food, Hope City, described what the government took away from starving bellies:
“Everyone out there is like, all right, we are going to eat. Beans, potatoes, brisket, burnt ends, ribs, it’s awesome...
"It was the whole gamut, if you can think of the most magnificent barbecue spread that’s what we threw away yesterday by the hundreds of pounds."
Now, the food drive’s future is in jeopardy because the safety regulations get more and more strict each year, making it impossible for people to do good things for their fellow man.
H/T IJ Review