I received the below email today from KCBS regarding a garnish issue:
PARSLEY Temporary Rule Change Effective IMMEDIATELY
The following rule change is being put into effect because of the RECALL of PARSLEY in 10 states due to the risk of salmonella contamination and food poisoning. The states involved in the recall include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
As a result, the Board of Directors has issued the follow advisory and rule change for all KCBS-sanctioned contests held between September 16 and September 20, 2009.
The use of all types of parsley (including, but not limited to, curly, flat leaf, Italian or any other type) and cilantro is prohibited and shall constitute an illegal garnish and therefore be disqualified.
The decision to ban the use of parsley and cilantro is made out of abundant caution and concern for the protection of all participants, including cooks, judges and visitors, as well as the effect that the use of parsley could have on a judge who may be concerned the product he or she is judging could be contaminated. This decision is made in the interest of safety and fair competition.
This ban is only for the period stated and will not affect any other future competition unless the FDA or other authorities issue additional warnings.
Sincerely,The KCBS Office
I'm not a big fan of garnish and wish they would do away with it for turn-in boxes! We make parsley boxes and they are very time consuming. Things would be so much easier without all the salad in the way. It would leave more time for beer drinking!