Vote for the EU’s Organic Logo

I found this on Paul Montariol’s blog on the think about it website. Its about the open consultation by DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Do vote for your favourite!

The new EU organic logo will be displayed from July 2010 onwards on pre-packaged organic products that meet the community requirements outlined under “Organic Farming and Production”. The EU logo can be used on a voluntary basis on non-pre-packaged organic products that originate from the EU or that are imported from third countries. This means, that the winning logo will appear on millions and millions of organic food products all over the EU! For more information, please visit the Organic Farming website .

Proposed Logos

The voting is open until the 30 January 2010 so get voting!

(I went for the second one myself! 😉 )

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Don’t Eat the Pork!

The above Picture was taken this morning in Tesco’s in Wilton Shopping Centre in Cork City and is a picture that was shown across the country this morning. I heard about the pork recall after I had a fry up with the family. A bit late then? But then we are told that all pork bought from September 1st had to be destroyed. Thats a hell of a lot of meet.

People are told to destroy the following:
Pork sausages
Sausage meat
Gammon steaks
Offal from pigs
Sausage rolls
Black pudding
White pudding
Ready meals with Irish pork/bacon as an ingredient

This is another hit to farming industry which is already under pressure due to budget cuts. It will also take time for the Irish Pork market to get back its credibility as “safe product”. Germany ordered the destruction of all Irish Pork earlier today and it is thought that 20-25 countries will take similar steps. This is a competeive market that only affects farmers but the entire food market from farmers, to distributers, to restaurants and cafes, to sandwhich makers, and various other ways that pork is used.

RTÉ have an Info page on it and if you are anyway worried do read it.

Morning Briefing, 26th January

Dia Duit ar an maidin fuar!

An nuacht ar an lá seo.

A conference is taking place in Spain on the EU Constitution (BBC). Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are sending ministers and Germany, Ireland and Portugal are sending observers. Im not sure what outcome it will have as only 17 member states are attending.

The UN will announce its plan for Kosovo today (BBC). Hopefully it will safe gaurd

In a historic step the Prime Minister of Vietnam has met with the Pope (CNN)

Kofi Annan has returned home to Ghana (CNN) after his ten year stint as head of the United Nations. He is thinking of entering agriculture

No more .um sites (CNN)awww, but there are talks of getting rid of .su sites also.

The US has unveiled an non-lethal ray gun!(CNN) i thinks its a cool idea. It makes u think ur going to catch fire, wo wont run from that!

And finally in UCC RAG week is over and nominations for the Student Union Elections open next wednesday. I am intending to seek a nomination to run for Welfare officer in the SU. check out my website its still under construction so check back. But i do have a Bebo, MySpace and Facebook profiles

FG summons EU Commission to Dáil over Brazilian beef irregularities – Naughten

Okay my parents were giving out stink over this the other day and then i get this press release from FG!

Speaking after a visit to the Mohill Agricultural Show in Co Leitrim, Fine Gael Agriculture Spokesman Denis Naughten TD has accused the Government and EU of putting the public health’s at risk with their lax attitude to Brazilian beef imports.

“The Irish Government and the EU Commission allow Brazilian beef to be imported, even though there have been numerous damming reports on the Brazilian meat industry highlighting risks to human and animal health. The Minister for Agriculture claims this is a matter for the EU Commission. Fine Gael has therefore asked EU officials and the EU Commissioner for Public Health to attend a meeting of the Dáil Agriculture & Food Committee next month.

“Every year Ireland consumes €17 million worth of beef, or 5,766 tonnes, the majority of which comes from Brazil. Irish people are being conned into consuming Brazilian beef which they believe is produced locally. We now know that the quality of Brazilian beef is far inferior to that of Irish beef, and recent inspections of slaughterhouses in that country uncovered a litany of breaches of health and safety regulations, putting us directly at risk.

“Over the last number of years the EU Food & Veterinary Office (FVO) has monitored the Brazilian Beef Industry on behalf of the EU Commission. The most recent FVO report expressed concerns that veterinary products, including hormones like clenbuterol (angel dust), are freely available on the market. As a result, widespread use without veterinary prescription cannot be ruled out. Furthermore, the traceability of exported products required by EU law cannot be guaranteed.

“There is one much-regulated system for Irish farmers producing beef for EU consumers, but a very lax regime for Brazilian farmers producing beef for the same market. More and more Brazilian beef is entering the food chain. We should not accept meat imports from third countries which have been found to be sub-standard. Any similar doubts over Irish meat would spark a national emergency and this meat would not be permitted to remain on our supermarket shelves.

“Consumers are being sold a falsehood and Irish farmers are competing against an inferior product, bought and sold at a much lower price, trading itself as being a higher quality Irish born and bred product. If a health or food scare were to develop in relation to these imports, it would be utterly unacceptable for Irish farmers and the wider agri-food sector to suffer a crippling threat to their industry. That is why Fine Gael recognises that resolving this issue is closely tied to the issue of a secure food labelling system.”