Skip to comments.EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants
Posted on 05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britains top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers.
The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week.
From next year, olive oil presented at a restaurant table must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in line with EU industrial standards.
The European Commissions justification for the ban, under special Common Agriculture Policy regulations, is hygiene and to protect the image of olive oil with a measure that will benefit struggling industrial producers in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.
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Bloomberg is in Europe? Who know.
When are people going to tell this faceless Brussels drones to go ‘ef themselves?
“...must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in line with EU industrial standards.”
Wow. That’ll really bring ambiance to the dining experience!
Maybe they could substitute potentially lethal metal forks and knifes with plastic sporks while they’re at it.
I do a lot of traveling, am just about as serious an ‘amateur’ chef as you’ll find, and maintain that anyone on a remotely reasonable budget who visits Italy or France (especially Paris, especially Rome) “for the food” is better off staying home.
You’re worried about olive oil? Worry about the fact European producers have been mixing it with Sunflower and even petroleum oil for decades. Stay away from Italian olive oil unless you know exactly where it’s from (or your vendor does.) I buy Israeli olive oil.
No, I am not kidding.
Popeye: (bangs table) “SERVICE!”
Olive Oyl: “Yeah, service. That’s what we want!”
Maitre de Bluto: “Sorry, monsewer. We may no longer serve your skinny girlfriend.”
Totalitarian centralized gubmint ...
Here we go again.
“THEY” pass a law to ‘protect’ us BUT allow anyone that would take advantage of the ‘bad’ usage of containers ANOTHER 6 months to create a problem that hasn’t been there BUT might just happen.
I had the radio on and heard ‘them’ talking about NY and NJ trying to raise the age for cigarettes from 18-21.
The news reader then said ‘They were going to do this in Texas but figured they would lose too much tax money’.
At least the POLS used to try mask the stupidity and absurdity of the idiotic ‘laws’.
Amazing watching groups vote themselves into slavery. In by inch until there is nothing left.
What was the reaction of the crowd?
Nobody gets to vote for the European Commission. They’re all appointed. The European Parliament’s members are voted in (they weren’t originally), but they have no power of legislative initiative and act only as a rubber stamp for the Commission, who both writes laws and passes them. (What’s missing here? Yup, separation of powers; the executive is both writing and passing laws.)
Restaurants would have small bottles of Olive oil and vinegar for their diner’s salad. This gave the diner control on how much tartness he wanted his salad dressing of oil and vinegar. The EU is messing with a tradition the diners will resent. I hope the backlash from this dictate leaves the EU with egg on their faces.
The EU is circling the bowl and they’re worried about this?
Policy and law are not the same thing. If the Superintendent doesn’t understand this distinction he needs to go back to school.
It’s their “beneficial crisis”, so they think they have carte blanche to sneak whatever they feel like doing past the radar.
A: Carbon-neutral ANFO.