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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Euro Prattery



A belated good morning everyone, I am somewhat bleary eyed from my new found role of "Boob Inspector" (see yesterday's article);).

But I jest!

Anyhoo today seems an appropriate day, what with all the pantomime going on in Europe, to announce a special variation of my "Prats of The Week" Award:

- Euro Prattery

I can only say that the European Court of Justice well and truly deserves this week's "Euro Prattery" Award.

For why?

For their remarkably idiotic ruling that requires all jars of honey to be relabelled to show that they contain pollen, which manufacturers will have to prove is not genetically modified.

Errrm.... does not all honey (by definition) contain pollen?

Don't bees rather get covered in the stuff?

Now, I admit that dubious countries of origin may well add all sorts of chemical shite to their honey. However, the requirement to add a label to show that honey contains pollen is absurd Euro Prattery at its most farcical.

We can safely assume that the UK will end up being the only country in the EU to waste time and money on complying with this idiotic ruling.

The European Court of Justice, well deserving winners of this week's "Euro Prattery" Award!




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14 comments:

  1. Adrian11:53 AM

    Every day I offer up a prayer (metaphorically since I am a non-believer) that the Euro will disappear and take the EUSSR with it. Hopefully that time is now very near.

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  2. Anonymous12:15 PM

    They have to prove that honey has not been genetically modified?

    The fucking bees in many places have been genetically modified by uncontrolled breeding by the aggressive African bee with the native varieties in order to produce more honey!

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  3. The EUSSR, the ECJ and the ECHR are a cancer on our society.

    My question is this; is the court the real prat or is our elected dictatorship for going along with it?

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  4. debbie12:24 PM

    Boy, the EU really is fiddling while Europe burns, arent they?? Bureaucrats just cant help themselves.

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  5. Lord of Atlantis1:58 PM

    Prat of the week? In the light of some of the rulings made by this unelected, unaccountable body over the years, perhaps a more appropriate award would be 'prat of the millenium'?

    Tonk. said...
    "The EUSSR, the ECJ and the ECHR are a cancer on our society."

    I couldn't agree more! The sooner they are amputated from this country the better!

    Tonk also said:
    "My question is this; is the court the real prat or is our elected dictatorship for going along with it?"

    As bad as each other, as far as I can see. Perhaps the award should be shared?

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  6. "We can safely assume that the UK will end up being the only country in the EU to waste time and money on complying with this idiotic ruling."

    A friend runs a couple of chicken farms, and notes that the EU ban on caged hens has only been implemented (at considerable cost) by us Brits...

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  7. Evil Underhand ... the meaning of EU

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  8. Mjolinir3:59 PM

    "Honey" contains pollen? Yes - in fact, in order to use that 'reserved description' it MUST contain pollen. Other unwanted bits & pieces (such as dead bees &c) CAN be removed by filtering - so long as this doesn't remove 'signficant' amounts of pollen, which would require the label to describe it as "Filtered honey" or other things.

    See one of Nanny's most finely wrought works of literature - the 23 pages of "The Honey Regulations 2003 Guidance Notes"
    Schedule 1 defines the 11 'Reserved descriptions'- and shows which CAN be simply called "honey".
    [http://tinyurl.com/6nqhnkd ]


    What has changed is that the EU has decided the pollen is an 'ingredient', not an integral part, of the product - and needs to be listed as such, so comes under the GM-controls.

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  9. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells5:16 PM

    What I'd like to know is, how do the bees know which is GM pollen and which isn't?

    How are beekeepers to know where their bees have been foraging?

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  10. Mjolinir1:54 AM

    @Disgusted - //How are beekeepers to know where their bees have been foraging?//

    By having it analysed, of course! This is the Official UK position-

    //The UK's Food Standards Agency has written to leading industry figures to tell them what they need to do.
    Sandy Lawrie, head of its novel foods unit, wrote: 'The Commission held meetings at the end of September with representatives from honey exporting countries and with EU stakeholders.
    'They confirmed that the implications of the ECJ ruling are clear in that: pollen is regarded as both a component of honey and an ingredient, as defined in food labelling legislation.
    'Honey should therefore be labelled with a list of ingredients.
    'If some or all of the pollen is from a GM source, it should be labelled accordingly unless it is exempt under the 0.9 per cent threshold.
    'This proportion is calculated in relation to the total pollen content of the product.
    'The Commission's Joint Research Centre is evaluating methods for extracting pollen DNA from honey.'//

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058190/EU-orders-pollen-warning-honey-jars.html#ixzz1dAWYZVMS

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  11. This is one I actually agree with. Many companies deliberately filter out the pollen from their honey to hide the origin. The only way to tell where a specific honey is from is to inspect the pollen.

    They do this so that they can sell honey farmed in China on land full of heavy metals to us.

    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/

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  12. Lord of Atlantis10:51 AM

    microdave said
    "... A friend runs a couple of chicken farms, and notes that the EU ban on caged hens has only been implemented (at considerable cost) by us Brits..."

    Anyonw who knows me will be well aware that I am a supporter of UKIP and have no time for the EU, but I must confess that this is one of the few E.U rulings I actually agree with (the European Bathing Water Directive is another) as I personally think keeping hens in cages and batteries is cruel. That is why I only purchase freerange eggs, and have done so for most of my life. However, it would be much better if these decisions were made by elected governments at national level, rather than by unelected, unaccountable EU bureaucrats.

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  13. Sick of 'Em5:24 PM

    Does the label on the EU have an 'end by' date on it?

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  14. Lord T9:04 PM

    Lord of Atlantis,

    What is the problem you could buy your stuff already? All this does is force it on everyone else.

    In my view free range chickens have a great life. When we kill them for eats we are depriving them of life and liberty. That is bad and makes me feel guilty. Caged hens on the other hand want to die to end their miserable existence. We are doing them a favour and as a bonus they are cheaper too.

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