Thursday, January 14, 2010
This Could Cause An Uprising...!
Few things done by the Powers That Be now days win approval of the common man.
This next story is going to be one of those things, I'm sure! This concerns a food that is almost treasured in the state of Texas! I mean, I have eaten enough of this snack to fill a tractor trailer! It's tasty, filling, and satisfying!
However, it won't be allowed into the state from Mexico unless it passes a new inspection rule of the department of agriculture! See what you think...!
Pork rinds face tougher entry at Mexican border
Texas — U.S. Customs officials say people entering the U.S. from Mexico will have to leave behind a favorite snack starting Thursday — pork rinds, or chicharrones as they're called south of the border.
The salty slices of deep-fried pork skin often seasoned with chili powder will be seized by customs inspectors unless carriers produce a certificate issued by the national government where the snacks originated.
The new rules come as the U.S. Department of Agriculture keeps an eye out for produce that could carry threats to U.S. agriculture. A U.S. Customs spokesman said insufficiently cooked pork rinds could carry classical swine fever, also known as hog cholera, an illness that affects pigs.
Previously pork rinds were cleared if they passed a crispness test, crumbling in an inspector's hands when bent. Now only pork rinds from a few states in southern and western Mexico will be cleared on that test.
Now, I guess that as long as they leave the home grown pork rinds alone, then that's OK. However, I don't remember hearing of any cases of sickness or health problems due to fried pork rinds!
Something else that the PTB can control and take charge of, I reckon. Practice on the snack foods, then go for the bigger stuff...like beef and veggies! Just some "food for thought"! (sorry, I just couldn't resist!)
Now, let's get some coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit. Oh, pass the pork rinds, will ya?