Here we go: Feds move to ban all fried foods at day care centers

posted at 12:01 pm on January 15, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Fear not, citizens! The government is here to save you from yourselves. And in keeping with the Remember the Children theme, the Department of Agriculture is submitting new guidelines for food served at any day care facility (including some private homes) which qualify for federal funding. This should be a resoundingly popular move, I’m sure. Let’s see what you’ve got.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines for day cares that would prohibit them from frying food that is served to children.

Child care providers would also be formally required to provide children with water upon request, though they would face restrictions on how much apple juice and orange juice they serve.

One of the more notable provisions would restrict day cares from frying food on site and discourage them from serving pre-packaged fried food, such as chicken fingers, from the grocery store.

“While facilities would not be permitted under this proposed rule to prepare foods on site by frying them,” the USDA wrote in the Federal Register, “store-bought, catered, or pre-fried foods can still contribute large amounts of calories and saturated fat to a meal. Therefore, facilities are encouraged to limit all fried and pre-fried foods to no more than once per week.”

Rather than dismissing the entire proposal out of hand, it is completely reasonable to mandate (yes, I said mandate) that a facility providing childcare have drinking water available for the children. In fact, you might think about arresting anyone who didn’t at least provide water. I’m really not sure where the idea for limits on apple and orange juice came from. They tend to be sweet, but that’s why kids like them. And they’ve got to be a more appealing choice for the nanny-staters than soda, right?

But all fried foods? Granted, I prefer a burger cooked on the grill more than fried, but that’s not always an option so I’ll take what I can get. And what if the facility also provides breakfast for the kids? No fried eggs? And dare I even say the words… NO BACON?

Oh, wait. I forgot to check the fine print. You probably won’t need to worry about the burgers or the bacon any more.

The USDA’s meal standards also include other proposed changes, such as allowing tofu as a meat alternative.

I suppose the taste of your tofuburger won’t be affected all that much whether it’s fried or just served straight out of the freezer. So, eat up, kids! And just try to remember that you only have to make it until 16 and then you can ask to be emancipated.

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Though I’m not sure when the mom dashing from her minimum wage job at WalMart to her part-time work at the nursing home is going to cook that home cooked meal.
 
urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

 
It seems like only yesterday that unemployment was in the fives and the stock market was at record levels.

rogerb on January 15, 2015 at 5:11 PM

It’s very easy for poverty to produce obesity. The cheapest food is the worst for your body. You seem to have a problem with like…medical science…

libfreeordie on January 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Don’t be stupid, vegetables and fruits are awfully cheap, probably among the cheapest, and best for ur body, says …medical science.

jimver on January 15, 2015 at 5:26 PM

And dare I even say the words… NO BACON?

That is a hill worth dying on…keep your hands off my bacon!!!

ladyingray on January 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

And yes, taking your kid to taco bell is child abuse.

everdiso on January 15, 2015 at 12:30 PM

…and sending them to daycare isn’t?

GrumpyOldFart on January 15, 2015 at 5:44 PM

Pretty simple solution: if you don’t want your kid subject to these regs, don’t enroll them in a day care center that the federal government (ie, me) is subsidizing.

First, the Federal Government doesn’t have any business subsidizing or running a daycare.

Second, it’s not the Federal Government’s business what other people’s children are eating, nor should it be.

Third, let’s be honest here, you have no intention of stopping there, do you?

Whenever I point out that nothing brings out the inner fascism of the average conservative faster than the thought of a food stamp user picking up a decent cut of beef or maybe some Doritos with their card, I’m told that it’s your money, and you get to say how it’s spent.

This primarily because you don’t have a fundamental understanding of what fascism actually is. Remember, fascism is a leftist quality.

The problem you’re having here is not being able to recognize the fact that children already have parents that are responsible for determining diet, whereas food stamp users are mature adults living off of someone else’s dime.

Furthermore, you can’t very well complain about reasonable restrictions against junk food on food stamps, while simultaneously complain about the purely imaginary issue of food deserts. Additionally, most people don’t really have much of a problem with Doritos, as they do with booze and cigarettes being purchased with EBTs.

Federally subsidized day care providers are using my money, and I don’t they should be using it to provide manifestly unhealthy meals to the Tomorrow’s Leaders.

The problem here is it’s not their place, nor is it your place, to make these determinations. It is the sole place of the parent.

(Note: obesity is correlated with low income families — those most likely to need subsidized care).

urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, because when you feed your face with free food and lay around all day and don’t burn any calories, guess what, you’re going to gain weight.

Here’s the problem with this sort of nonsense.

Leftists, particularly of the academic variety, like to pontificate on impoverished poverty and the disproportionate disparities of the disaffected disadvantaged disenfranchised, from the safety and security of their windowless academic offices, or over a $20 pastrami and rye sandwich at the most trendy cafe they can find.

But I’ve experienced poverty first hand myself. I’ve been homeless. I’ve worked in what some might call the ghetto with “under privileged” people.

So what these idiot leftists talk about and write about in their worthless textbooks, I have actual first hand experience with.

And I can say with authority and conviction, that absolutely nothing they recite has even the slightest relationship with anything even remotely resembling reality. It’s all made-up garbage. All of it.

Star Bird on January 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Though I’m not sure when the mom dashing from her minimum wage job at WalMart to her part-time work at the nursing home is going to cook that home cooked meal. But we’re not talking about that here, are we?

urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Why is Mom working a minimum wage job at Wal-Mart when she can cook at Denny’s for a minimum of $10/hour?

Is she an idiot?

How do leftists come up with these imaginary people?

Star Bird on January 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

It’s very easy for poverty to produce obesity.

libfreeordie on January 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Odd. I’ve been to countries where REAL “poverty” exists. Those folks were EMACIATED, not obese. Go figure.

GarandFan on January 15, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Fun fact:

If I, you, or anyone else not grievance-certified would make these allegations, they would be deemed not only obtuse, but insufferable, anti-American and a danger to the free world and we all know it.

hillbillyjim on January 15, 2015 at 6:08 PM

If only the Nanny State Big Gov would take our kids and raise them the right way?

Maybe we’ll have a strongman do it for us wit an Executive Order?

Tyranny unopposed by the lazy masses will never end at just the oven doors at “re-education camps”.

All hail the Tyrannical!!!

All hail the lazy American masses.

PappyD61 on January 15, 2015 at 6:22 PM

And, as I said, you don’t want government telling your kids what to eat for lunch, get a nanny (illegals work cheap) a stay at home wife. Or form a co-op with your neighbors. Or, go to one of the zillions of day care centers that don’t take federal bucks. In a world where many a day care center is run by incompetents or semi-scam artists or the terminally lazy, I’m actually not upset that the federal government gives my money to centers with appropriate staff, safety procedures and, yes, nutritional standards.
 
urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:40 PM

 
I don’t think I ever saw it answered, but you’re saying taxpayers who dislike what they see their money wasted on should have increased say, and maybe even veto power at the actual point of purchase, regarding what welfare recipients are allowed to spend their benefits on, and if they don’t like it then the welfare recipients can get a job and buy their own crap with their own money, correct?

rogerb on January 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Though I’m not sure when the mom dashing from her minimum wage job at WalMart to her part-time work at the nursing home is going to cook that home cooked meal. But we’re not talking about that here, are we?

urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

A pot of rice takes minutes, throw some chicken in, that takes about 15 minutes to stir fry…so for less than 20 minutes a meal on the table…lettuce, tomatoes, and some dressing for a salad.

Pal, you can cook a meal, healthy meal in 20 minutes easy…fish takes 5 minutes to cook, and a pot of rice lasts a week…

Now if you want it catered, and dessert, along with an appetizer, yeah, that takes time…good grief…

Rice, potatoes, by a pre cooked chicken, not that much more, and pull the chicken out and throw it on the rice, or the potato, a little broccoli in the microwave, 2 minutes max, a little cheese, and for 5 bucks you feed a family of 4 in 15 minutes…

You guys are so spoiled…learn to cook.

right2bright on January 15, 2015 at 6:39 PM

And, as I said, you don’t want government telling your kids what to eat for lunch, get a nanny (illegals work cheap) a stay at home wife. Or form a co-op with your neighbors. Or, go to one of the zillions of day care centers that don’t take federal bucks. In a world where many a day care center is run by incompetents or semi-scam artists or the terminally lazy, I’m actually not upset that the federal government gives my money to centers with appropriate staff, safety procedures and, yes, nutritional standards.

urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:40 PM

So you want those people to pay twice, once for them, and once for you…

And the caveat is…”appropriate staff, safety procedures, and nutritional standards”…determined by people who know better than you how to care for your kids…

Great, if you don’t think you are qualified to make decisions for your kids, you really shouldn’t have any.

But really, you can’t take care of your own kids?

right2bright on January 15, 2015 at 6:47 PM

In a world where many a day care center is run by incompetents or semi-scam artists or the terminally lazy…
 
urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:40 PM

 

Though I’m not sure when the mom dashing from her minimum wage job at WalMart to her part-time work at the nursing home is going to cook that home cooked meal.
 
urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

 
BTW, did anyone else notice how neat it was that the same workers are incompetent and terminally lazy scam artists when needed, and, eighteen minutes later, noble, trod-upon souls who are simply looking for a little help with their kids as they go through their day trying to earn an honest living?

rogerb on January 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Though I’m not sure when the mom dashing from her minimum wage job at WalMart to her part-time work at the nursing home is going to cook that home cooked meal. But we’re not talking about that here, are we?

urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Walmart, as with most companies, does not pay minimum wage. Their average wage is over $10 per hour and higher in many higher priced labor markets. They also offer health insurance at rates that their employees can afford.

DrDeano on January 15, 2015 at 7:11 PM

Nothing brings out the crystal clear lack of understanding of a term when one uses the word “fascism” to describe another who’s opposed to a clear abuse of government authority and who seeks more authority in the hands of the citizen. Nothing.
anuts on January 15, 2015 at 4:28 PM

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Great smackdown. Kudos.

LegendHasIt on January 15, 2015 at 7:13 PM

The elephant in the room….
.

Historically, scholars have been aware of differences in the amount of time that White and minority children spend with media, especially TV. But last year’s Generation M2 study indicated a large increase in the amount of time both Black and Hispanic youth are spending with media, to the point where they are consuming an average of 13 hours worth of media content a day (12:59 for Blacks and 13:00 for Hispanics), compared with about eight and a half hours (8:36) for White youth, a dfference of about four and a half hours a day. In recent years, this gap in media use between White and Black youth has doubled, and between White and Hispanic youth it has quadrupled.

CW on January 15, 2015 at 8:36 PM

urban elitist on January 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

BTW, did anyone else notice how neat it was that the same workers are incompetent and terminally lazy scam artists when needed, and, eighteen minutes later, noble, trod-upon souls who are simply looking for a little help with their kids as they go through their day trying to earn an honest living?

rogerb on January 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

AesopFan on January 15, 2015 at 10:15 PM

A sad, but true story, which is why I might support banning FRIED foods in a day care situation.

A loving and generally well-thought-of care giver in our small, middle-class town (not a ghetto, not in the “disadvantaged town down the road) started some food on the stove, fell asleep, and the house burned down along with several of the toddlers.

Not quite what the post is addressing, but grease + fire are a danger.
The real problem is that she was watching too many kids all day long by herself.

AesopFan on January 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

Feds move to ban freedom. It’s easier than banning stuff individually.

SpongePuppy on January 15, 2015 at 10:27 PM

What about fried and twice clubbed baby seal?

SpongePuppy on January 15, 2015 at 10:28 PM

Let’s eliminate all fried and junk food from food stamps first.

elfman on January 15, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Man, our little trolls sure live in a dark world.

trigon on January 15, 2015 at 10:48 PM

There is no part of our lives that liberals think should not be controlled by government. They abhor freedom.

Binky1138 on January 16, 2015 at 2:36 AM

Feds move to ban freedom. It’s easier than banning stuff individually.

SpongePuppy on January 15, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Yes, banning ala carte has to be frustrating for the Collective.

Star Bird on January 16, 2015 at 8:15 AM

BTW, did anyone else notice how neat it was that the same workers are incompetent and terminally lazy scam artists when needed, and, eighteen minutes later, noble, trod-upon souls who are simply looking for a little help with their kids as they go through their day trying to earn an honest living?

rogerb on January 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

That’s an excellent point.

It’s further evidence that points to the fact that their arguments are predicated on purely made-up “facts” that they endlessly parrot to each other.

No critical thought involved.

Star Bird on January 16, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Look, you stupid rubes. Now that the government is marching toward single payer, they have a vested interest in what you eat. They wouldn’t want health care costs to cut into their other pet projects, you know. You need to shut up and go along to get along. Don’t MAKE them start rationing!

Serious Drivel on January 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Rep. Johnson: ‘Don’t Think Regulations Are Hurting You’

This provides an important insight into the leftist psychopathology.

The man actually compares mature adult Americans with kindergartners.

So you can see what their thoughts and intentions are.

Star Bird on January 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

It amuses me when leftists are forced to resort to characterizing their own voters as too stupid and lazy to do something so very basic as shopping for and cooking reasonably healthy food. They accidentally decry this, yet they have a vested interest in keeping them poor, stupid, and lazy. It must be awesome living in such a twisted place.

Serious Drivel on January 16, 2015 at 10:31 AM

The USDA’s meal standards also include other proposed changes, such as allowing tofu as a meat alternative.

Among the many health problems linked to a high-soy diet are:

• Thyroid problems, including weight gain, lethargy, malaise, fatigue, hair loss, and loss of libido
• Premature puberty and other developmental problems in babies, children and adolescents
• Cancer
• Brain damage
• Reproductive disorders
• Soy allergies

That’s the government… always looking out for you!

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Don’t worry.
If the government has its way, they’ll take your kid way from you when its born, where it can force feed them everything from soy products to political indoctrination then return them to you as wimpy robots. Then you get the bill for raising them because you can’t be trusted to do that yourself.

PonyBoy on January 16, 2015 at 5:15 PM

“We’d rather be fat on benefits than thin and working.”

So much for that argument.

Star Bird on January 16, 2015 at 7:54 PM

good thing the liberals will feed our kids with a scientific diet so their fat welfare parents can buy more beer and cheetos with their welfare allowances and EBT cards.

WE must be fair!

I gather the White House will no longer fry foods as well?

Obamatrix on January 16, 2015 at 9:04 PM

So you backwater moronic conservatives somehow got the super smart intellectual (D)s all twisted up on this thread, too, so much that their only option was to abandon it?
 
Weird. You idiots must’ve used some sort of trickery or something.
 
In all seriousness, can you imagine how that must feel to have such a low opinion of conservatives and their intellectual ability,
 

So, all things being equal, I’ll take Monkey County over some backwater like Cobb County Georgia any time.
 
urban elitist on January 16, 2015 at 10:14 AM

 
and then knowing you’re the one having to abandon threads with any actual discussion?

rogerb on January 17, 2015 at 5:58 AM

So you backwater moronic conservatives somehow got the super smart intellectual (D)s all twisted up on this thread, too, so much that their only option was to abandon it?

They just be busy organizing more activist idiocy.

Star Bird on January 17, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Progressive hyperbole. Gotta love it.

gryphon202 on January 15, 2015 at 12:35 PM

No . It is Marxist Liberal Douchebaggery. Call it what it is for Chrissakes!!! Not what everdildo prefers you address it!!

Why don`t you call it a well-meaning-but-less-than-effective-good-Samaritan while you`re at it

cableguy615 on January 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

60 million people asked for the recreation of 1930s germany. Twice. We are so screwed.

pdigaudio on January 18, 2015 at 2:21 PM