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He thought it was a good idea.
The feedback he received from the actual vendors of sweet corn was uniformly negative. They could not economically justify the expense of a $200 business license for a three week sales season. Nor could they justify the intrusion, and attendant costs of the Health Department for a product that was wrapped in husks and boiled before consumption.
They preferred to stay off-the-radar. Invisibility is the next best thing to perfection.
Let's skip all of the steps in the middle
Edible products with a pH less than 4.0 pose a miniscule risk to public health. Sure, there are all kinds of microbes that thrive in pH less than 4.0. The yeasts that produce wine are a prime example. But pathogenic organisms that can blithely reproduce and generate toxins in sub 4.0pH media are a rare beast indeed.
pH meters are cheap and robust.
The risk to Michigan taxpayers, voters and their children is vanishingly small.
In a similar vein, there are some products like sweet corn, bananas and eggs that are delivered from God with a tamper-resistant wrapping.
If legislature wanted to do something useful, they could exempt foods and beverages with low pH and foods with as-grown coverings from the majority of Health Department burdens. They could also exempt "ephemeral" businesses (Strawberries, cucumbers, sweet corn, leaf raking etc.) from the necessity of registering with the county.
|We are not recruiting enough new businesses. One business in seven was a "new business" in 1978. We are down to one-in-twelve.|