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Czechs cheesed off with EU rules
BBC News ^ | Thursday, 16 September, 2004

Posted on 09/19/2004 7:30:45 PM PDT by A. Pole

Two Czech farmers have come up with an ingenious way to get around European Union regulations which they say are threatening their livelihood.

Petr Hajek and Pavel Stepanek from the southern Bohemia region used to make a good living from sales of their goats' cheese, made to an old family recipe.

But since the country joined the European Union on 1 May things have become more difficult.

The men are unable to meet strict EU standards and so are prevented from selling their cheese for human consumption.

"If I wanted to sell goats' cheese to people officially, I would have to invest at least 3m Czech crowns ($115,000) in installing farm hygiene equipment here," Mr Hajek told the Czech daily Lidove Noviny.

"Where would I find that kind of money?" he asked.

'Tested on humans'

But Mr Hajek has come up with a solution to the problem. He is now marketing the produce as animal food.

He told the newspaper that he had to put a large notice on his door to avoid being fined for violating EU regulations.

The notice reads: "Goats' cheese. Home-made to a family recipe handed down through six generations. Completely in violation of EU regulations, should be used as animal food. Tested on humans."

Mr Hajek considers the notice to be a protest against Brussels bureaucracy and the behaviour of what he called "holier-than-thou" Czech officials and vets.

"All this is just bias towards mass producers and globalisation at the expense of small farmers," he said.

So far he says he has had no complaints from his customers. "I make goats' cheese the same way as dozens of my ancestors, and it never made any of them even slightly queasy."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bohemia; cheese; czechs; eu; food; freedom

1 posted on 09/19/2004 7:30:45 PM PDT by A. Pole
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To: Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; Jhoffa_; FITZ; arete; FreedomPoster; Red Jones; Pyro7480; ...
Looks like Czechs follow the good soldier Svejk in their struggle against bureaucratic oppression. Na zdravi!
2 posted on 09/19/2004 7:32:10 PM PDT by A. Pole (Madeleine Albright:"We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.")
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To: A. Pole

Marvelous. These men have the right attitude. If the Euros still manage to shut them down, we need to get them over here, and set them up making gourmet cheese.


3 posted on 09/19/2004 7:35:43 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (hoplophobia is a mental aberration rather than a mere attitude)
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To: A. Pole

Good for Petr.


4 posted on 09/19/2004 7:38:27 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: farmfriend

ping


5 posted on 09/19/2004 7:40:02 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: A. Pole

Yep, Nationality is no boundary to a corporate screwin. Folks, we are living the life of Shadowrunners now. Corporations and Rich elites rule.


6 posted on 09/19/2004 7:40:47 PM PDT by Havoc (.)
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To: Havoc
I guess the directorate of goat cheese is in Scandinavia somewhere ...along with the directorate of Parmasan cheese.

What a crock of cr**p.

This is just an expensive travelling road show that commutes eternally at great expense between Brusseles and Salzburg.

7 posted on 09/19/2004 7:47:04 PM PDT by spokeshave (<img src="http://photopile.com/photos/dead/auctions/146584.jpg">)
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To: spokeshave

Yeah; but, this crock is nothing compared to the WTO and our own rich elite here lining their pockets by throwing us all out in the streets.


8 posted on 09/19/2004 7:49:29 PM PDT by Havoc (.)
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To: A. Pole

We do the same thing to small farmers in the US with FDA regulations.


9 posted on 09/19/2004 7:52:04 PM PDT by valkyrieanne
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To: Havoc
Yep, Nationality is no boundary to a corporate screwin. Folks, we are living the life of Shadowrunners now. Corporations and Rich elites rule.

Heh, you an RPG (role playing games) gamer? I like Morrow Project and Twilight: 2000 although I've dabbled in Dark Conspiracy which has a corporate dominated dark future similar to Shadowrun.

Getting back to the subject, making the cheese "fit for animal consumption" is a novel idea. Heck, my father used to eat Milk Bones from time to time, I don't know why. B-) I remember in 8th grade my buddy and I split one, it tasted like drywall, blech... Still, I'm sure the cheese is a lot better and I like the way these guys are getting around the EU. The EU is nothing but a bunch of crooks anyhoo.
10 posted on 09/19/2004 7:53:28 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("Laws are the spider webs through which the big bugs fly past and the little ones get caught.")
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To: A. Pole
Didn't the USDA try to invoke similar regulations recently? I distinctly remember a big kerfuffle about it. There's even a Mark Steyn article about it HERE.

I wonder whatever happened to those cheesy regs? (Sorry, I couldn't help it.) My guess is they fell off the radar screen and are in force today.

11 posted on 09/19/2004 7:54:13 PM PDT by Don W (...and He looked down from the cross and said, "It is done".)
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To: Don W
This is a great story! Let me quote the last two passages:

[...] What a great country, I thought, where the question of whether or not I can seek relief from the courts for a lesbian seducing my wife depends on what side of the state line I'm on. But then I remembered the cheese. In Europe, the laws are the same, the truck weights are the same, the prohibition on capital punishment is the same. But each French town has its own distinctive cheese. In America, the laws on semi-automatics and sodomy change every few miles, but 260 million people are subject to a ruthlessly enforced, centralised one-size-fits-all cheese regime. Americans are cheese-surrendering eating monkeys.

"Live free or die" is New Hampshire's state motto. But, when my wife runs off with a lesbian, not only won't I be able to bring an adultery charge, I won't even be able to console myself with a decent cheese sandwich. C'mon, you wimps: live Brie or die!

12 posted on 09/19/2004 7:58:57 PM PDT by A. Pole (Madeleine Albright:"We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.")
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To: A. Pole

Globalism at work once again.


13 posted on 09/19/2004 8:06:24 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: A. Pole
I suddenly want more varieties of ketchup.
14 posted on 09/19/2004 8:07:54 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: A. Pole
I am not Czech but these names sounded awful darn familiar so I found them on Amazon. ONe was a math book written bye Petr Hajek and the other was written by Martin Gardner (another mathematics book) on a clairboyant named Pavel Stepanek What does it all mean?? Probably not a dang thing but it sure rung up funny in my head seeing it:


15 posted on 09/19/2004 8:17:06 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: A. Pole

We're a little stuffy in my town too. Stores have signs saying "local checks only."


16 posted on 09/19/2004 8:18:07 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: A. Pole

Nazis suck no matter what era they crop up. There's only one "final solution" for them and the moderators tend to dislike my suggestions, so I'll leave it at "brainpan" and "don't tremble or hesitate".


17 posted on 09/19/2004 9:01:29 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Nowhere Man

Cool. I've played Twilight 2000 - but don't remember much about it - been too long. Played Shadowrun, Star Wars, Star trek RPG, Robotech, AD&D, etc, ect... lol. Haven't played paper games in years; but, have spent a fair amount of time rolling dice and wandering around Gen Con in my time. lol.

Love games; but, sometimes it isn't so great to see real life mimic the game thesis from something like Shadowrun. I get the feeling every once in a while that Politics is nothing more than the art of distracting the nation so the Rich friends of the party in charge can exploit it for gain. There's an ongoing side show of the latest thing that is supposed to benefit society. And rather than benefitting it, we become enslaved to it. All the things which in the 50s and 60s they were saying would allow people to work shorter weeks and have more leisure time have contributed to making them rather have to work harder and now instead of one income, a household has to have two or three to support a family instead of the one that did it back then. And it's no secret why. When there is more than a 300 to 1 disparity between executive and average worker pay and it's evergrowing while the employee is being demanded to do more and more for a lesser share of the pie - it's easy to understand.

We've all but forgotten Enron, Global Crossing, Microsoft, etc. at this point while the corporate media keeps us full of how Geraldo Rivera looks being blown about in a storm after the bush Justice dept let MS off the hook.. shhhh.
Common sense is supposed to be buried and we're all supposed to just shut up and obey the master like good little sheep - not make waves... Geofrey Goins Don't seem so nuts nowdays.


18 posted on 09/19/2004 9:06:07 PM PDT by Havoc (.)
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To: A. Pole

Yes, the Good Soldier was always underestimated. He had strategery.


19 posted on 09/19/2004 11:18:41 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: valkyrieanne
We do the same thing to small farmers in the US with FDA regulations.

I am aware of folks around here (TX) who sell unpasteurized milk and cheese, and it is advertised as for animals, and not for human consumption.

20 posted on 09/20/2004 12:52:10 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: A. Pole
Good for the Czechs !

National cultures have their own unique and interesting way of doing things. Eliminating all good differences between nations would create the most boring group of people imaginable.

Czechmate...
21 posted on 09/20/2004 12:57:22 AM PDT by Bandaneira (The Third Temple/House for All Nations/World Peace Centre...Coming Soon...)
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To: Havoc

The EU is not concerned with corporations or the rich elite. They are also not concerned about the welfare of thier population. The EU is ALL ABOUT CONTROL and a socialised society (but it's not socialism *wink* *wink*!!).


22 posted on 09/20/2004 1:07:57 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (A vote for JF'nK is a vote for Peace in our Time!)
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To: An.American.Expatriate

Socialism favors the upperclass favorites of the ruling class. Why do you think the nutcase left loves it so much.


23 posted on 09/20/2004 9:53:22 AM PDT by Havoc (.)
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To: A. Pole; abbi_normal_2; Ace2U; adam_az; Alamo-Girl; Alas; alfons; alphadog; amom; AndreaZingg; ...
Rights, farms, environment ping.
Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.
24 posted on 09/20/2004 6:23:31 PM PDT by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: farmfriend

BTTT!!!!!!!!


25 posted on 09/21/2004 3:04:37 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Malesherbes

Like 57 varieties? Is that the steaksauce or is that the number of different Kerry positions on the Iraq war?


26 posted on 09/24/2004 7:29:17 PM PDT by Jerr (What would Ronald Reagan do?)
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