Food labelling

Stop food companies hiding behind food labelling rules and get them to print exactly what is contained in the whole packet. I have just had a bottle of MARS drink. The portion size is suggetsed as 200ml, for which they publish the sugar and fat content. However, no one would drink just 200ml, they would drink the whole bottle, 330ml which gives nearly double the % RDA sugar they advertise on the bottle.

Why is this idea important?

Stop food companies hiding behind food labelling rules and get them to print exactly what is contained in the whole packet. I have just had a bottle of MARS drink. The portion size is suggetsed as 200ml, for which they publish the sugar and fat content. However, no one would drink just 200ml, they would drink the whole bottle, 330ml which gives nearly double the % RDA sugar they advertise on the bottle.

Food Labeling

The food labelling laws should be changed so that only produce that is raised or manufactured in the UK can be called “British” and/ or display the union jack on the label..

Many people seek to buy only British products (especially meat and dairy) because of the higher welfare standards applicable to British farmers. People also seek to “buy British” to support Britain’s economy and self-sufficiency/ farmers.

Why is this idea important?

The food labelling laws should be changed so that only produce that is raised or manufactured in the UK can be called “British” and/ or display the union jack on the label..

Many people seek to buy only British products (especially meat and dairy) because of the higher welfare standards applicable to British farmers. People also seek to “buy British” to support Britain’s economy and self-sufficiency/ farmers.

Fresh Meat Hygiene and Inspection Regs.

These regs are issued from London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Belfast in order to "protect the meat eating members of the public from unhygienic practices and zoonotic diseases". This is totally unnecessary as we have perfectly adequate regulations in the shape of the european directive which comes from Brussels. The British regs. are approximately twice as long and achieve nothing as we have to abide by the directive in any case. The only advantage of re-inventing the wheel is to create a number of what Gordon Brown called "jobs", which we can no longer afford. It would be very simple to repeal these regs.  and apply the directive. It would also have the added advantage of being familiar to all the foreign vets. who are being imported to apply them.

Although it is beyond my ken I am sure that there are many more trade regs. which could be simplified in a similar manner. After all the British tax payer has paid his money to get these regs. from Brussels and he does not wish to pay again inorder to employ unnecessary bureaucrats.

Why is this idea important?

These regs are issued from London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Belfast in order to "protect the meat eating members of the public from unhygienic practices and zoonotic diseases". This is totally unnecessary as we have perfectly adequate regulations in the shape of the european directive which comes from Brussels. The British regs. are approximately twice as long and achieve nothing as we have to abide by the directive in any case. The only advantage of re-inventing the wheel is to create a number of what Gordon Brown called "jobs", which we can no longer afford. It would be very simple to repeal these regs.  and apply the directive. It would also have the added advantage of being familiar to all the foreign vets. who are being imported to apply them.

Although it is beyond my ken I am sure that there are many more trade regs. which could be simplified in a similar manner. After all the British tax payer has paid his money to get these regs. from Brussels and he does not wish to pay again inorder to employ unnecessary bureaucrats.

Abolish the beef labelling scheme

The beef labelling scheme was brought in as a panic reaction to BSE.  It is optional, but if you want to make any claims about your beef – eg the breed, you have to enter into the whole scheme and for small producers in particular such as farm shops the cost of audit is disproportionately high.  Small producers in any case are less likely to be importing strange foreign carcasses.  It is outdated unnecessary and adds nothing to traceability or quality

Why is this idea important?

The beef labelling scheme was brought in as a panic reaction to BSE.  It is optional, but if you want to make any claims about your beef – eg the breed, you have to enter into the whole scheme and for small producers in particular such as farm shops the cost of audit is disproportionately high.  Small producers in any case are less likely to be importing strange foreign carcasses.  It is outdated unnecessary and adds nothing to traceability or quality

let milk be milk – repealing pasteurisation laws

To allow organic farmers to sell their milk unpasteurised once again – as far as I can tell, this is due to economic pressure by the FSA (food standards authority)

Why is this idea important?

To allow organic farmers to sell their milk unpasteurised once again – as far as I can tell, this is due to economic pressure by the FSA (food standards authority)

FSA Guidelines

Mu Idea: Make FSA (Food Standards Agency) Guidlines Simple & Binding.

When the EU issues legislation, the FSA issues Guidelines. These guidlines have 2 major flaws.

1.) They are not a legal document, they refer you back to the EU legislation for clarifications

2.) They are not industry specific.

Why is this idea important?

Mu Idea: Make FSA (Food Standards Agency) Guidlines Simple & Binding.

When the EU issues legislation, the FSA issues Guidelines. These guidlines have 2 major flaws.

1.) They are not a legal document, they refer you back to the EU legislation for clarifications

2.) They are not industry specific.

Scrap The Foods Standards Agency

People are fed up with being told what to eat all the time. We are adults, we can choose for ourselves, not have some 'do gooder' dictating to the food industry and the public at large of  what should be eating all the time.

The other problem is that government guidence keeps changing, and it is becoming a minefield to know exactly what is safe to eat and what isn't  that makes the whole thing totally confusing.

We already know what we are suppose to eat, however with food prices keep going up. The real real fresh healthy food seems to being priced out the reach for low income families, and it is a bit hyprocritical to then start nagging that we are not eating healthy, when we sometimes just need to get what we can to survive.

The Environmental and Trading Standards Service is a good enough service to make sure that our food is safe for consumption.

 

Why is this idea important?

People are fed up with being told what to eat all the time. We are adults, we can choose for ourselves, not have some 'do gooder' dictating to the food industry and the public at large of  what should be eating all the time.

The other problem is that government guidence keeps changing, and it is becoming a minefield to know exactly what is safe to eat and what isn't  that makes the whole thing totally confusing.

We already know what we are suppose to eat, however with food prices keep going up. The real real fresh healthy food seems to being priced out the reach for low income families, and it is a bit hyprocritical to then start nagging that we are not eating healthy, when we sometimes just need to get what we can to survive.

The Environmental and Trading Standards Service is a good enough service to make sure that our food is safe for consumption.

 

Transparancy in nutritional labeling standards for food

Currently supermarkets are getting away with making food seem healthier by bunging in whey powder, cheese powder etc into products that never traditionally had them (bread/crackers etc) so as to make the protein ratio higher, thereby making the fat & sugar percentages look lower. This is hoodwinking the public & completely unnacceptable. It's also making things more difficult for those with dairy allergies, vegans etc as they have to scrutinise ingredient lists for milk products where they would never before expect to find them.

Why is this idea important?

Currently supermarkets are getting away with making food seem healthier by bunging in whey powder, cheese powder etc into products that never traditionally had them (bread/crackers etc) so as to make the protein ratio higher, thereby making the fat & sugar percentages look lower. This is hoodwinking the public & completely unnacceptable. It's also making things more difficult for those with dairy allergies, vegans etc as they have to scrutinise ingredient lists for milk products where they would never before expect to find them.

disallow all derivatives on food.

http://johannhari.com//2010/07/02/how-goldman-sachs-gambling-on-starving-the-worlds-poor-and-won

"For over a century, farmers in wealthy countries have been able to engage in a process where they protect themselves against risk. Farmer Giles can agree in January to sell his crop to a trader in August at a fixed price. If he has a great summer and the global price is high, he'll lose some cash, but if there's a lousy summer or the price collapses, he'll do well from the deal. When this process was tightly regulated and only companies with a direct interest in the field could get involved, it worked well.

Then, through the 1990s, Goldman Sachs and others lobbied hard and the regulations were abolished. Suddenly, these contracts were turned into 'derivatives' that could be bought and sold among traders who had nothing to do with agriculture. A market in "food speculation" was born."

Why is this idea important?

http://johannhari.com//2010/07/02/how-goldman-sachs-gambling-on-starving-the-worlds-poor-and-won

"For over a century, farmers in wealthy countries have been able to engage in a process where they protect themselves against risk. Farmer Giles can agree in January to sell his crop to a trader in August at a fixed price. If he has a great summer and the global price is high, he'll lose some cash, but if there's a lousy summer or the price collapses, he'll do well from the deal. When this process was tightly regulated and only companies with a direct interest in the field could get involved, it worked well.

Then, through the 1990s, Goldman Sachs and others lobbied hard and the regulations were abolished. Suddenly, these contracts were turned into 'derivatives' that could be bought and sold among traders who had nothing to do with agriculture. A market in "food speculation" was born."

ABOLISH – SCORES ON THE DOORS FOOD HYGIENE RATING SCHEMES

I would like to see the abolition of this system currently being rolled out across the Country.

Enviornmental Health Officers use their inspection reports to complied a Star Rating system, supposedly to inform the public of the Hygienic State of all registered food premises across the Country, producing all the information on Council Web-sites Nationally.

The system is flawed in major ways.

Each Environmental Health Officer (EHO), works alone, and with the best will in the world, will have specialist areas within their overall expertise.  Since every property is unique, and varying food delivery systems, you get a skewed appraisal of each property.  

You would need a team of EHO's visiting each and every property to achieve an accurate valuation which would be fair to all.

The General Public are not well served by this system either, since each food business varies and misleading information can in all innocence be trasmitted.

Our business is a Delicatessen, a small business run by a Husband and Wife team, employing a few Part-time assistants.  We sell artisan cut cheese and charcuterie in the small Market town (City) of Ripon in North Yorkshire.  There are 3 businesses listed as Delicatessens in Ripon, however, the two other Delis, only sell Cheese and Charcuterie in ready sealed packs, with no handling of the product on site.  Yet we all are graded in the same way.

Our EHO has decreed that we separate our Unpasteurised and Pasteurised Cheese, a good working practice.  But 7 other properties in the same Council area, service by a different EHO, have not received the same advice.  Indeed in other areas of the Country this is not considered an important aspect of Cross Contamination.  Yet it is the criteria used for marking down a business.

The average member of the public would not be aware of this to the detriment of usually the smaller, artisan business.  

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see the abolition of this system currently being rolled out across the Country.

Enviornmental Health Officers use their inspection reports to complied a Star Rating system, supposedly to inform the public of the Hygienic State of all registered food premises across the Country, producing all the information on Council Web-sites Nationally.

The system is flawed in major ways.

Each Environmental Health Officer (EHO), works alone, and with the best will in the world, will have specialist areas within their overall expertise.  Since every property is unique, and varying food delivery systems, you get a skewed appraisal of each property.  

You would need a team of EHO's visiting each and every property to achieve an accurate valuation which would be fair to all.

The General Public are not well served by this system either, since each food business varies and misleading information can in all innocence be trasmitted.

Our business is a Delicatessen, a small business run by a Husband and Wife team, employing a few Part-time assistants.  We sell artisan cut cheese and charcuterie in the small Market town (City) of Ripon in North Yorkshire.  There are 3 businesses listed as Delicatessens in Ripon, however, the two other Delis, only sell Cheese and Charcuterie in ready sealed packs, with no handling of the product on site.  Yet we all are graded in the same way.

Our EHO has decreed that we separate our Unpasteurised and Pasteurised Cheese, a good working practice.  But 7 other properties in the same Council area, service by a different EHO, have not received the same advice.  Indeed in other areas of the Country this is not considered an important aspect of Cross Contamination.  Yet it is the criteria used for marking down a business.

The average member of the public would not be aware of this to the detriment of usually the smaller, artisan business.