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On the Food Racism of the European Union

On the Food Racism of the European Union

20.03.2018
Tags: Food, Analytics, EU, Economics, Europe, Food, Health

Low-quality food EU throws eastwards

If you believe the papers of the Brussels bureaucrats, the citizens of the 28 member states of the European Union eat food of the highest quality. The quality of food is consistently controlled from the farm to the counter, assures the latest study by the European Commission, published last week. And the EU's Food Safety Policy "provides an effective monitoring system and assesses compliance with the standards of quality and safety of food, health, livestock, animal nutrition and plant health in the EU itself and third countries in connection with their exports to the EU."

Well, how can I not take off my hat? After all, "every European citizen has the right to know how the food that he eats, is produced, processed, packaged, marked and sold." And all this is closely monitored by the European Food Security Commission. As she reports, from the EU budget for such security and control over 287 thousands of food producers until 2020 year will be spent 1,89 billion euros.

All these details are important, since they cover the unsightly picture quite closely, saying that not every inhabitant of a united Europe has a normal meal on the table. And it's not just an anecdote called "glyphosate," which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is widely used to control weeds, on the one hand, and is a carcinogen, on the other. "Anecdote" is that the European Commission, "tightly controlling" the quality of food, proposed banning a carcinogenic herbicide ... in 10 years. Thank you, the European Parliament has reduced this deadline to the end of 2022 ...

Another anecdote about "healthy food" was born in the UK. The Guardian reported that two-thirds of the Agency's Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat processing plants in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (all tested by 890) violated safety rules at work. The analysis revealed that every week in the past three years butchers violated the main security regulations on average 16 times. They succeeded in trivial unsanitary conditions, cross-bacterial contamination, violation of the temperature regime and lack of food hygiene. The meat factory, owned by Russell Hume, who was once at the center of such a scandal, was the foulest of all.

A meat inspector with 30 years of experience and Ron Spellman, deputy general secretary of the European Food and Meat Inspectors Association (EWFC), said: "What caused my concern was the position of the company that accuses the FSA of wanting to crash the company, this it seems like there is no desire to acknowledge one's responsibility. "

However, even this is not the most impressive. Brussels has long secretly divided the territory of the European Union into its own and not very own. And Eastern Europe started talking about "food racism" of Brussels, which helps the common market - it sheds low-quality goods to the east. The Hungarian Food Safety Authority (NEBIH) was the first to compare the quality of food products in its stores and stores in Western Europe. It turned out that the same goods in the West are much better than the "Eastern" ones.

The residents of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania began to notice the difference in the composition of products in the past six months: animal fats were replaced with vegetable fats, and sweetened sweeteners were added instead of natural sugar. In the Czech Republic, for example, Sprite, in addition to artificial sweeteners, also contains fructose and glucose syrup, while in Germany only natural sugar is included in the lemonade. Süddeutsche Zeitung suspects that Slovaks, Czechs, Poles and Hungarians "feel discrimination in the supermarket." Polish Gazeta Prawna talks about "food racism". The head of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Janos Lazar, believes that "this is one of the biggest recent scandals". Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Beata Shidlo says: "We do not recognize and never recognize the division of countries within the EU." The Visegrad Four in full (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) intends to seek compliance with the EU's uniform food quality standards. They were supported by Bulgaria and Romania.

In general, European food producers feed the inhabitants of Eastern Europe, substituting natural ingredients for cheap analogues. On "food racism" was immediately reported to Brussels, but they noticed that consumers know the composition of the product (it is printed on the label), and if they do not like it, they can refuse to purchase. The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, of course, is easy to joke, but what about the Romanians, the Czechs and others who are prescribed diets that exclude vegetable fats? Examinations show that in sausage, bought in Germany, there is only high-quality animal fat, and not vegetable, as in the same sausage in Romania. What can we say about such a trifle as the washing powder in Warsaw, diluted with ordinary chalk?

And when the French company Lactalis, which produces baby food, infects Salmonella 12 millions of its products sent to 83 countries - is no longer a matter of local importance. As writes Deutsche Welle, "from the company's factory in the city of Krion in the west of France will be seized all items of production, and not only baby milk food and breakfast cereals produced after 15 February 2017 year, as it was decided earlier." But Lactalis is the world leader in the production of cheeses and dairy products. Her Galbani, Parmalat, Lactel, Dukat, Salakis, President are sold in 149 countries, and in Russia there is Laktalis Vostok.

Euronews methodically throws in the information space "soothing pills" like an interview with Bernard Url, executive director of the European Agency for Food Safety. "I think we can give good news to European consumers. They can be absolutely sure that the food they consume is benign. Food safety is given great attention to government agencies, food producers, European institutions, "Url states.

To him in response - the last anecdote about "healthy food", transferred by the same agency Euronews: "The largest meat processing plant in Belgium, located in the city of Verviers, is closed, its products are withdrawn from stores. Earlier, a random check found out there in bone beef and bovine tails of Veviba company bone tissue intended for animal feed and banned for human consumption. "

Already it is good that bull tails were not sent to sausage for Poles and Bulgarians ...

Elena Pustovoytova
Strategic Culture Foundation
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