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Offline Tanemera

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You couldn't make it up!
« on: May 17, 2013 »
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  • The latest regulation from the EU bans refillable olive oil (and other sauce) bottles in restaurants. See "News in the Sun" article below. I wonder what it cost to debate, instigate and enforce this additional burden on the long-suffering restaurant business?

    "The days are numbered for the traditional olive oil and vinegar sets we are used to seeing  in local bars and cafes.

    From January 1, 2014 we can say goodbye for good to refillable oil bottles.

    Many restaurateurs are worried because the cost of the mono-dose packaging will affect the final meal price and while some customers are happy with the change, others do not see the necessity.

    But like it or not, the European Union has decided to prohibit the use of refillable bottles in public places, the measure will control the quality of the oil that is served to the consumer they say".


    magsnmike

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    « Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013 »
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  • Have the EU commission in Brussels not got anything better to do!!!!!!!  Absolutely ludicrous.

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    « Reply #3 on: May 18, 2013 »
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  • Not sure that I am against the new ruling (which evidently has been in place in Portugal since circa 2006) - I personally do not use olive oil as a garnish to my food (can't stand the stuff), but leaving aside the recycling issue one wonders whether the continuing recycling of table olive oil containers is that hygienic given that the containers are topped up every day or so which in effect means that fresh olive oil is continually mixed with old olive oil, perhaps it will be more user friendly for customers to use up a bottle completely for it then to be replaced with a new fresh bottle.

    I often wonder about the hygiene of re topping up both tomatoe and brown sauce bottles - many if not all restaurants seem to refill their table condiments with fresh sauce presumable from a huge discounted trade type  25 litre drum decanting and mixing with the old stale stuff at the bottom of the container - in effect the top up stuff continually gets used first and the sauce at the bottom never gets actually used.

    The other issue is that often a "class" sauce bottle will be on the table such a Heinz or HP and I wonder whether  the top up sauces are actually of the same make or of a inferior own brand perporting to be the real thing.

    Just an observation.
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    knightrider

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  • This very important law has been deemed necessary by the European Union in order to protect the industry.
      The adulterificationing of Olive Oil will become illegal from the 1st of January 2014. The new law was first proposed by Popeye in the United States of America in 1946, after a particularly violent act by Bluto.
      Due to the fact that the entire American spinach harvest had been ruined by a confrontation between
    Wile E. Coyote and his arch nemesis The Roadrunner, Popeye had no other recourse than to go to Congress with his request for action.
      This new law has now been copied by the EU, but i think something got lost in translation.

    Alfies Mum

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    « Reply #5 on: May 18, 2013 »
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  • Not sure that I am against the new ruling (which evidently has been in place in Portugal since circa 2006) - I personally do not use olive oil as a garnish to my food (can't stand the stuff), but leaving aside the recycling issue one wonders whether the continuing recycling of table olive oil containers is that hygienic given that the containers are topped up every day or so which in effect means that fresh olive oil is continually mixed with old olive oil, perhaps it will be more user friendly for customers to use up a bottle completely for it then to be replaced with a new fresh bottle.

    I often wonder about the hygiene of re topping up both tomatoe and brown sauce bottles - many if not all restaurants seem to refill their table condiments with fresh sauce presumable from a huge discounted trade type  25 litre drum decanting and mixing with the old stale stuff at the bottom of the container - in effect the top up stuff continually gets used first and the sauce at the bottom never gets actually used.

    The other issue is that often a "class" sauce bottle will be on the table such a Heinz or HP and I wonder whether  the top up sauces are actually of the same make or of a inferior own brand perporting to be the real thing.

    Just an observation.

    Others may make fun, but I for one agree with the hygiene, filling with cheaper brands etc issues as raised here. The same with salt. They fill up the cellars which has contained the same rice for maybe years. We would not accept it in the UK but abroad we consider it as misplaced.

    knightrider

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  • I have to agree that in this time of economic crisis, war, disease, poverty and world hunger perhaps it is a little insensitive to make fun of such an important piece of legislation.
      I seem to remember reading an article in the Daily Telegraph that reported about the entire township of Klowdkukuland in South Africa being wiped out by the effects of a badly maintained cruet set.

    Tucky

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  • @losgiganteskid is not a virgin then ?????

    Maybe she prefers the latest "promiscuous" olive oil   

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    « Reply #8 on: May 27, 2013 »
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  • From "News in the Sun"....

    "The EU has dropped plans to ban restaurants from using refillable bottles of olive oil, after criticism and ridicule from consumers and critics including British PM David Cameron, who said the ban proposal shouldn’t even have been “on the table” and accused the EU of meddling.

    The policy would have forced restaurants to only serve olive oil in tamper-proof mono-dose packaging, labelled to EU standards, as of next year".

    Well that's a relief.  Good for you Mr Cameron!  I'm so glad I voted for you now.

    Alfies Mum

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    « Reply #9 on: May 27, 2013 »
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  • About three years ago we were in Tunisia and visited a restaurant that seemed fine. When the meal arrived I asked for oil vinegar etc. when it arrived it was horrific, the cruet was filthy,  we walked out without eating or paying, no one followed us.....say no more.

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    « Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013 »
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  • OK, Alfies's Mum, you exercised your right to reject your meal and eat elsewhere.  The EU apparently has nothing better to do than spend millions of euros of our tax money dreaming up regulations which actually remove our human rights, rather than protect them.

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  • The EU spokesman  for this initiative was asked why this regulation was being introduced and his answer was - to eliminate the possibility of fraud (cheap oil being placed in containers which carry the name of a more expensive brand) but when asked if  they had any evidence of any such fraud having taken place he admitted that they had none.   

    These overpaid bureaucraps must sit in their offices all day thinking of expensive solutions to problems which don't exist and they don't seem to care that the cost will be passed on to both taxpayers and consumers.

    knightrider

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  • I’m with Alfies Mum on this.
    We holidayed in Tunisia (late October 2010) at Sidi Salam in Bizerte. One day we drove south towards the edge of the Sahara desert and came across a little oasis village called Cho wadi wadi. In the evening we found a heavenly restaurant called Trocadero in the market place just three steps up from the main street where a sweet little girl was playing a game similar to hopscotch. We were seated on the outside terrace to dine under the moon; it was lovely; so peaceful, I could hear the footsteps of the pretty little angel I’d seen earlier. We ordered the Ojja that was advertised outside and relaxed until our meals arrived. It was at this point that the owners put the music player on, (now I don’t mind a little sweet music playing in the background but this was, A; Rock & Roll and B; Loud enough to have a dancing party!) we complained and within a heartbeat the waiter turned it off saying that the CD player had a problem that happened only once a blue moon so not to worry about it and continue with our meal.
    I remember then asking for the cruet, the waiter seemed a little confused, but when it came I was disgusted to see it had a little bit of soap on it (left over from a previous attempt at cleaning, no doubt!) This was the final straw and we too, walked out without eating or paying.
    The lack of cruet hygiene in Tunisia was possibly one of the factors in the uprising 2 months after our visit. Will our political leaders ever learn, now that David Cameron seems to have put the bomp on the proposed new legislation?
    I wonder when!.

    You couldn't make it up!