We must take exception to your recent editorial wherein you criticized Supervisor Gary Wyatt for taking a position in support of many of this county's charitable organizations that raise money by selling food at community events.
We agree with Supervisor Wyatt that the county Environmental Health department is being overzealous in their enforcement of the recently adopted state food safety laws.
When Wyatt admonished the Health Department to consider the "spirit" rather than the "letter" of the law, he was not necessarily asking them to ignore dangerous situations. Much of the discussion at the Board of Supervisors meeting in question centered around the department's enforcement of discretionary parts of the new state law, particularly as they relate to "fly screening."
Nowhere in this law is there a statewide requirement for fly screening for food booths at community events. Instead, the law allows local health officers to enact additional measures they deem necessary to protect the public health.