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.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
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.
More “shiny things” to distract the population from the real issues. Just like here in the US. Ain’t socialism great?
Thanks for the tip, I’m part Italian, and I always bought the stuff from the old country. What kind of olive oil brand do you recomend?
Anybody who believes that's the real reason is a moron.
Decadent Europeans LOVE GOVERNMENT and MICROMANAGEMENT and REGULATIONS.
They HATE liberty.
They bleated like sheep and went back to grazing.
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....and will instead result in a benefit to lower-cost producers outside Europe, which is the unwritten intent. What's next, single-serving bottles of wine? That's part of the fight against communicable disease.
FWIW, they’re not banning oil and vinegar on the table - just regulating how it’s presented. Micromanaging bastards.
Some time ago the EU issued a set of regulations specifying the required dimensions,including the angle of curvature,of bananas.
People running the EU are totally nuts, just like the Obama administration in the US! ....England is about to bail out of the EU and other countries there should do so as well, because the EU has failed in so many ways and driven member countries into financial ruin with ridiculous regulations from a bunch of stupid people in Brussels.
One comment: UKIP (look it up).
I bet olive oil somehow offends Muslims.
I’ll leave it to you, because availability of the good stuff really varies by location.
Here are some helpful articles:
Rule 1: you get what you pay for ! There is no such thing as “a killer deal” on “fresh healthy pure tasty” olive oil. The good stuff costs a LOT more to produce than Wesson!
“What was the reaction of the crowd?”
They bleated like sheep and went back to grazing.
That’s an excellent way to put it. Yep, a very good way to put it.
Now that was funny! Thanks for the laugh!
Interesting. Still it had to be voted on originally didn’t it? Seems the evil nature of human kind longs to be slaves.
No, it did not have to be voted on originally. Just like the treaties, all of the other aspects of the EU were pushed on the people by the politicians.
A lot of people in the EU don’t even understand the nature of the central government in Brussels. They’ve been lied to so long that they can’t tell lie from truth.
Not just bananas; many other fruits and vegetables they tried to dictate the size and shape of as well.
Remember the time that they tried to monopolize regional names, e.g. Bordeaux wine, Cheddar cheese and suchlike?
The people get ignored in the EU, rather like what happened in the USSR. The media does not cover it.
this is a make work law.
The quantity, quality and affordability of fine cuisine has literally exploded here in America over the past quarter century and I'm not even talking about the casual dining super-chains like Olive Garden, Longhorn and TGIs, that have popped up in our suburban sprawl areas like fire ant hills. Though even those places represent an overall improvement what existed on the American landscape before the 1980s as now even low-income people can take their families to a decent sit-down meal now and then without golden arches and creepy clown mascots being involved.
Many of our cities, including New York, Houston, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, have so many fine-dining establishments that people that live in those cities can go out to eat every night of their lives and never see the same restaurant twice.
Las Vegas, yes, Las Vegas is now the fine-dining capital of the world. Paris, Rome and Tokyo don't even come close to Las Vegas. Forget about London, might as well put a dome over that entire city and just call it a Ground Round.
Most of the world's fine wines now hail from the Americas (sorry France and Italy) and California all by itself will provide sommeliers with a lifetime of discovery.
And if you get sick of going to restaurants, our supermarkets and specialty markets here in America have an an astonishing array of quality foods that you can prepare at home.
Well said! My thoughts exactly... Ground Round. LOL!
I’m not going to flame with you but I heartily disagree
That most olive oil is substandard....maybe less than extra virgin when labeled so
Or that Vegas is culinary capital of the world....yes many big chefs have been paid to do corporate outposts there but I found them lacking in comparison
Wine....yes you can find better wine for the money comparatively in California.... Willamette Valley Oregon....Australia.... Chile....South Africa
Than in Bordeaux or Burgundy or Champagne....or the best Amarone in Italy or rioja in Spain
But at top end you cannot find anything to beat the best premier cru in whichever French commune....or further down in Chateaunuf due Pap....and so forth...or a top drawer Krug...
The depth and character and body of big old world...especially French wines is unmatched.....
But some Kali wines have come a very long way....but the varietal approach will always fail against the commune/chateau angle....its just not as comprehensive
That said right now we have stocked Meomi Belle Close special edition (35.00) and Trisae (40.00) both Willie Valley Oregon and for the money superb...velvety and nice currant and plum....deep
But neither will ever be a top notch Cote de Nuits burgundy like Romanee or Gevrey Chambertin....which of course cost way more...out of my price range usually
For the record....I found Vegas tacky and trashy with too many young drunk people from southern Kali
But I don’t begrudge folks who go for that
The staff at the Venetian/Palazzo were very very nice
You crack me up sometimes. LOL
And they also have in the past put other vegetable oils in at a lesser cost
I just don't think it is as rampant nor do i think petroleum oil is a big issue either...I have never heard of that although some folks mix it with Vaseline for moisturizing but you have to use it fairly quick or can go rancid
We do not use fancy olive oil for cooking...just dipping or salads or crostini
On wine....I stated that for a base level of appreciation that US is arguably less costly for level of quality...though not the bargain they once were
But they lack the full dimension and I stated why...wines based mostly on grape variety versus wine based on precise locales and geography
I think had Cali gone that way early on that in time...a long time...they could have reached such heights
take SilverOak...a pricey wine which is quite good from Napa mostly ...it is consistently good
but it isn't up to a decent Pauillac as a rule which mimics similar grape proportions
I have bought very pricey wine too and would now if I could afford to...for my wife and auntie..who are the real appreciators but I know it a bit...I can tell good wine pretty quick...after 35 years it just jumps out at you
and yes sometimes you get stellar cheap wine....some Mascarellis come to mind..7.99
but if money were no object I would buy a mix...heavy of French but also a good mix of others...Oregon Pinots which i think will eclipse Kali in time...and Spanish reds which in my view can and do compete with France at a slightly lower price...and Chile is rising as South Africa wines decline...another decent but unusual location wine...very surprising....Biltmore in North Carolina...I don't know if they are from their own grapes or if they buy and cask and age other grapes from elsewhere
you mention quality control...Italy once again...has a control issue on wines too
I am old enough to remember when if you went to a store to buy US wine it was as likely New York as Kali on the shelf...at least in the east.
“On wine....I stated that for a base level of appreciation that US is arguably less costly for level of quality...though not the bargain they once were”
Two-Buck Chuck at Trader Joes, for all you winos...
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