Have the “counter”-“classy” Tea Party protesters obtained all permits to serve food?

Boston.com’s Garrett Quinn had a story yesterday about the counter protesters for the Tea Party rally. According to Quinn they are planning an event at which they serve cucumber sandwiches and tea for a “classy tea party”.  Of course the planner of this event is concerned that the tea parties are “racist”.  When pressed by Quinn she stated the level of racism is at “30 %” of tea party participants.

Given that Kathleen Toomey, the organizer, is both planning to serve food, and protest those protesting onerous government regulations, we have to assume that she has followed all of those Governmental Regulations in planning her counter protest.  Michelle McPhee reported last evening that Toomey has obtained an event permit for the counter-rally.  What we should be concerned about is whether or not the people attending her rally will have the protection of the Boston Inspections Services Health Inspection Division to ensure that the cucumber sandwiches are safe to eat.  

The Boston Inspectional Services Health Inspection Division requires the obtaining of a Temporary Food Service Permit by those people wishing to serve the general public food at an event. This is done to ensure that all Boston Public Health requirements are met such as letting the city know where you purchased your food, how you prepared your food, that your food was prepared wearing gloves, that there are adequate hand washing facilities available where you are serving your food, among other things.

It is imperative one would think to ensure that you are following all of the regulations that are required when undertaking a food service mission of this magnitude.  To that end this morning I will be alerting the Inspections Services Division of Health Inspections that Ms. Toomey is holding this event and planning to serve food.  We wouldn’t want a salmonella laced cucumber to destroy her event, now would we?

After the jump is the full text of the inspectional services form.

Boston Inspectional Services Department

Division of Health Inspections

1010 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA 02118

Tel: (617) 635-5326

Fax: (617-635-5388

www.cityofboston.gov/health

TEMPORARY FOOD SERVICE APPLICATION

**ALL * INFO IS REQUIRED**

NAME OF APPLICANT: __________________________________ PHONE___________________

*NAME OF OWNER (if different): _____________________________________________________________

*ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________________________

CITY:____________________________________ STATE: __________*ZIPCODE:____________

EMAIL ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________

*NAME OF EVENT: _________________________________________________________________________

EVENT COORDINATOR: _____________________________________ PHONE______________________

*EVENT ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________________

CITY:________________________________________ STATE: _____________ *ZIPCODE: __________

*DATE/TIME OF EVENT: ____________________________________________________________________

*SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT:________________________________________________________________

ONLY NO TRANS FAT FOODS CAN BE SERVED (effect. 9/13/08)

LIST ALL FOOD/BEVERAGES THAT WILL BE SERVED AND THE ESTABLISHMENT WHERE THE FOOD WAS PURCHASED:

ITEMS: LOCATION PURCHASED:

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***PHF’S (POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS FOOD PRODUCTS) ALWAYS REQUIRES A HEALTH INSPECTOR ON SITE. CHECK WITH OFFICE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON THIS***

FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS: EXAMPLE:

1 DAY EVENT – $30 1/1/01=$30

$30 FOR FIRST AND $5 FOR EACH CONSECUTIVE DAY UP TO 14 DAYS 1/1/01-1/3/01=$40

Thomas M. Menino OVER

PREPARATION/COOKING FACILITIES:

ON SITE: YES __ NO __ N/A, IF YES, DESCRIBE FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT: _______________

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OFF SITE: YES __, IF YES, WHERE? _______________________________________________________

TYPE OF TABLEWARE: PAPER PRODUCTS _________ CHINA ___________

DESCRIBE WAREWASHING FACILITIES FOR UTENSILS AND EQUIPMENT: ____________________

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FOOD PROTECTION:

DESCRIBE EQUIPMENT AND MEANS OF TRANSPORTING FOOD HOT (140OF OR ABOVE), COLD (45OF OR BELOW): ______________________________________________________________________________

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REFRIGERATION: REQUIRED __ NOT REQUIRED ___

METHOD OF REFRIGERATION: _____________________________________________________________

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TYPE OF COOKING/HOTHOLDING EQUIPMENT: ______________________________________________

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DESCRIBE MEASURES TO PROTECT FOOD FROM CONTAMINATION DURING PREPARATION, STORAGE AND DISPLAY: __________________________________________________________________

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GARBAGE AND RUBBISH:

DESCRIBE MEANS FOR STORAGE AND DISPOSAL: ___________________________________________

PERSONNEL AND FOOD HANDLING PRACTICES:

NUMBER OF FOOD HANDLERS: _____________

LOCATION OF HANDWASHING FACILITIES: _________________________________________________

LOCATION OF TOILET FACILITIES: _________________________________________________________

HAIR RESTRAINTS PROVIDED: YES ___ NO ___

DISPOSABLE GLOVES PROVIDED: YES ___ NO ___

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