Re: Kibbeh Ban (Common Sense, Please) – 5 July 2012 – Here’s a good editorial from the Windsor Star denouncing the local health unit’s ban on a Lebanese dish called “kibbeh”, made with raw ground meat. Here’s the text of a letter I sent to the Windsor Star:
I agree with the Star’s conclusion that the health unit should respect the culture and traditions of Lebanese people and should therefore reverse the kibbeh ban. Does the Star also recognize that consuming raw milk is deeply engrained in Canadian culture and tradition? It’s what everyone was drinking when the first settlers came to Canada in the 1600’s. Louis Pasteur (for whom pasteurization was named) didn’t even develop his heat-treating process until 1862, and it wasn’t commonly used until decades later. And what about our ancestors from biblical times, yearning for the land of milk and honey? That was raw milk they sought, not pasteurized.