The ‘Ask Karen’ Safety Nazi (Except It’s Not This Karen)

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The USDA has put out a press release that once again — expect no less — puts fear mongering on the top shelf, and inserts Big Government and its “expert advice” as the solution to your confusion and alleged lack of discernment.

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 — Just in time for summer grilling and picnic season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is launching Mobile Ask Karen, a Web-based smartphone application, or app, that instantly answers food safety questions. The app is a mobile version of the existing Ask Karen site, a virtual food safety representative who offers advice about properly handling, storing, and preparing food to prevent illness.

…In mobile format, people can take “Karen” with them to the grocery store, barbecue grill, farmers market, and into the kitchen. Anywhere mobile devices can access the Internet, at any time of day, consumers can get immediate answers to questions such as, “Is food safe if left out overnight?” or, “Should I use a wooden cutting board or a plastic one?”

If you are not laughing at the “Should I use a wooden cutting board or a plastic one?” remark, you should be. Sadly, most Americans would agree that they need to be protected via Big Government’s  dumbing-down totalitarianism. Note the press release is filled with terminology such as “protecting the public” and “safety information.” Perhaps you should be wearing a helmet while you read this, just in case……

Thanks to Mark Fee for the link.

7:28 pm on May 7, 2011