It’s been one heck of a week for Canadian astronauts when it comes to their behavior in space. First, the federal government snuck a proposal in the budget that would see crimes by Canadians in space prosecuted as though they were committed in Canada, now Health Canada says they are coming after their moon buffets.
Scooping up rice with your hands and licking the buffet spoons is one of the benefits of having a buffet on the moon. It lets you test out the food first before you commit to a heaping spoon of it on your plate. You would never be able to do that on an earth buffet. Getting to see the food in high-definition without a steamed-up sneeze-guard full of fingerprints is a reason why most people want to become an astronaut in the first place.
Now that Health Canada wants the moon under its jurisdiction, Canadian astronauts can now expect visits from The Canadian Food Inspection Agency after a long day of sampling moon sand. Keeping lids on the individual food trays is the last thing any astronaut needs to be worried about on their mission. They just finished calibrating their thermometer on their shuttle and now they have to do the same with their meat thermometers?
Most astronauts in Canada agree that they would rather self-govern their food storage while they are in space and not have to worry about surprise inspections by a group of people whose sole goal in life is to find something wrong with the way people prepare food. Astronauts have a history of self-policing their buffets anyways, for example, nobody would even dare sample the Almond Soo Guy at the buffet table with Julie Payette watching them.
It is hoped by the Canadian Space Agency that moon legislation is just a fad so that they can focus on space exploration and not about getting a clean plate when you go up for seconds.