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EU Lunacy – It Will Get You Hopping Mad!!!

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        EU Lunacy – It Will Get You Hopping Mad!!!

        In another act of sheer lunacy the small glass jugs filled with green or gold coloured extra virgin olive oil which are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Greece and Crete will be banned from 1 January 2014 ….

        It is no joke …. http://www.britsincrete.net/home/item/167-eu-lunacy

        I vote we encourage all our favourite eating places’ owners to stick to tradition, what do you think? Join in the poll.

        Guest visitors can also vote.

        Gerald
        Edited:Adding and Encouraging "Guests can also Vote"

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        #43499
        fitzgerald
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            Brusells has got nothing better to do!.

            #43731
            Eleni13
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                Except fill in their expense claims. That must take some time.

                #43909
                Jovana
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                    Yes, I think this is totally stupid and doesn’t allow the tavernas to offer you their own oil, sometimes very superior to the labelled brands.  I can see that it will come under the category of ‘more hygienic’, ‘more controllable’, but we are not all robots who need this level of intervention.

                    I don’t, however, vote for the restaurants to ignore the ban, because Greece has got enough debt on its hands, and doesn’t want EU fines loaded on top.

                    I hope the expression ‘[ch964][ch959] [ch954][ch945][ch955][ch972] [ch964][ch959] [ch960][ch945][ch955][ch953][ch954][ch940][ch961][ch953] [ch946][ch961][ch943][ch963][ch954][ch949][ch953] [ch940][ch955][ch955][ch959] [ch956][ch959][ch957][ch959][ch960][ch940][ch964][ch953]’ will apply.  In English, ‘the good lad finds another footpath’.  There will be a crafty way to appear to stick to the law without actually doing so!  Tee hee!  ;)

                    #44057
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                        Jovana, I appreciate your constructive posting … I think we are, for the most part, in agreement.

                        But here is where I am coming from: I am fed up to the teeth of everything having to conform to "health and safety".

                        Stick with me … I come from a school of thought that  wants to keep kids clean in the traditional way i.e. let them play in the garden, climb trees, wade in streams, do things kids have always done and get dirtied up in the process with cuts and scrapes.

                        But according to the so called experts this exposes them to nasties.  I would argue that by not doing those things they are at a greater health risk from germs than if they just were allowed to be themselves. By being kept "extra" clean, their natural defences do not have the chance to build immunity as would otherwise be the case.

                        So apply that logic to this current issue. Do we have huge numbers of illnesses because we eat at places that offer us traditional open topped olive oil containers – of course not. So if something ain’t broke why try to fix it?

                        Brussels bureaucracy is out of control and seemingly out of touch with "the real world" which happens to be our everyday lives. I truly wish people to take a stand by making their voices heard loud and clear when a Brussels decision does not make sense to us mere "common folk" – who just happen to be the voters who vote politicians in and out of office ?

                        Why is it we have come to a stage currently when we have to just buckle under to these edicts and not show our true feelings.

                        I hope all over Europe people will contact their politicians (MEPS) and tell them in no uncertain terms to stop and redress this ridiculous piece of over zealous legislation and for Brussels to stop interfering where the state (read:authorities) should not be present in the first place. Why is the current legislation governing cleanliness in restaurants and other eateries  in all EU countries not good enough and why did Brussels consider it necessary to move in the direction it has?

                        What is the sub text in the decision and which commercial entity is to benefit most from this latest EU lunacy?

                        That is my sixpenneth anyway as I trot off to the Kafeneio for a Greek Salad made by hand (which of course it must be) and for copious amounts of olive oil!!! and lemons!!!

                        Gerald

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                            I’m in total agreement with you Gerald, we/local authorities/ EU Brussels are wrapping everyone up in cotton wool. Why?? because they think it is a vote winner or the right thing to do?. we are going to breed a society where everyone will be so sterile that any outbreak of whatever and we will all drop like flies.
                            In my past life I was a rep, out seeing customers all day, mixing with folks from all walks of life, for lunch I could be on a building site having a bacon roll and a mug of tea one day and the next in a nice cafe, or having a sandwich out of a garage. I was (touches wood) rarely if ever ill in comparison to my colleagues who were stuck in a sterile non smoking, non eating, air conditioned warm office all day. Why was I rarely ill?  because I mixed with every bug, germ, person etc on the planet and feel I built up a natural resistance to air born illnesses. ……the so called do gooders will sterilize us and eventually kill us all

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                                Yet another plan that has not been thought through.  How does the EU suggest that olive oil is dispensed at the tables?  If brand name olive oil bottles are put on the tables, they are only guaranteed sterile until opened and even the Greeks would not use a whole bottle of oil in one meal.  What then stops the owner from filling up a labelled brand named bottle with his own (as already mentioned often better) olive oil. Maybe the suggestion is to have individual plastic packets of oil.  Right, more garbage for the landfill!

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                                    Gerald

                                    Did you know that Rickets is now back in the UK? Why? Because mothers are smothering their children with high factor sun cream to ‘protect’ them, thus depriving them of vitamin D, essential to prevent Rickets. As you say children are no longer free to roam outdoors and when they do they are covered in sun cream. Yes skin cancer is a problem and children should be protected, but there is a balance to be struck.

                                    John

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                                            I must agree with Gerald on all counts. The amount of paperwork and man/woman hours and documentation per day and directives/legislation etc..is far bigger tha one can imagine and costs a fortune. Everything you can think of is documented, absolutely everything. I wish the whole thing would just come apart but its not going to happen. On the subject of children being wrapped in cotton wool, it is a travesty, the way we learn is by making mistakes! I remember putting my finger on the electric cooker ring to see if it was getting hot….never did it again!! I suppose the good thing about living in Crete is that this olive oil thing will never be adopted, and nor should it.
                                            P.S. I see in the poll there is a minority who think the EU are correct to bring this about but have yet to see their reasoning on here??

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                                            MartinP
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                                                Apart from rickets, I have just read that there is now strong evidence to suggest that vitamin D combats asthma.

                                                However, as regards this stupid olive oil ruling, as stated above, the tavernas will simply pour their own oil into labelled bottles. Job done!

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                                                latsida
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                                                    maybe time for a directive on Caviar as well 8-)

                                                    things are not always as they seem in restaurants apparently ;)
                                                    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/20/fishy-caviar-sevruga-fake

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                                                        Brussels has abandoned the olive oil plan – perhaps temporarily.

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                                                            What an outcry from across Europe!   Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are all over the story.

                                                            THE EU RELENTS … rightly stated by Kephalian

                                                            Even the UK Prime Minister weighed in at the end of his press conference yesterday saying this is exactly "what should not be on the table" from Brussels.

                                                            It looks like a temporary reprieve .. but now the big firms, the olive producers are chipping in for re-instatement of the ruling .. lobbying … whatever. A fresh article can be found at our home page at the main website http://www.britsincrete.net

                                                            Also a quick summary from David Tweed, European Editor at Bloomberg News:
                                                            http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2013-05-24/european-union-retracts-restaurant-olive-oil-ban

                                                            Keep the votes coming in the poll … let us keep up the pressure against the EU. We do not want any change of heart.

                                                            Gerald

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