Saturday, September 30, 2006

food for thought, chew well

Seen in a copy of the New York Times, found on the 1 train at 3am -

Determined to make New Yorkers healthier, ..., the Bloomberg administration unveiled more regulations yesterday for restaurants and bars. ...

Under one recommendation, diners will be required to chew their food for at least 12 seconds before swallowing. ...
The officials acknowledged that enforcement of the 12-second rule - formally known as the Proper Mastication Initiative, or P.M.I would be diffifcult. ...
As psrt of the P.M.I, waiters would be ordered to pay special attention to how customers cut their food.
A piece of steak, for example, may not be ingested if it is more than half an inch thick or longer than three quarters of an inch on any side. Violators may be ordered to leave the restaurant. ...

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