Cadbury must comply with silly rules – and so does an Eketahuna cheese-maker

September 30, 2010

One of Alf’s favourite people is unlikely to be mollified by news that bureaucrats have obliged Cadbury to change its chocolate labels in Europe.

In other words, the buggers make it hard to earn a buck regardless of your size and in which country you are operating.

European Union rules have forced the chocolate-maker to remove its “glass and a half” description from the back of Dairy Milk wrappers.

Each bar of Dairy Milk now advises consumers: “The equivalent of 426 ml of fresh liquid milk in every 227g of milk chocolate.”

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A government grant to grow vegies – well, yes, but only for those deemed to be “special” citizens

May 17, 2010

Ooh, that sounds like a great scheme, Mrs Grumble gurgled this morning on hearing that the Government is giving away money to help people grow their own vegetables.

Fair to say, Alf didn’t think it such a good idea unless Mrs Grumble was willing to do all the digging, the hoeing, the weeding and so on.

Let’s face it: you can get vegetables a helluva lot quicker by driving down to the supermarket than by growing them at home.

But Mrs Grumble was on a roll. Her argument: you don’t know where those supermarket vegetables have been grown or to what extent they have been drenched in bloody herbicides and pesticides? And that being so, then how are we to know when eating that stuff might be tantamount to suicide?

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Medical advice on crabs is balls

May 19, 2009

Doctors who reckon you couldn’t possibly have caught your crabs off a dunny seat will have to revise their thinking.

Yes you can.

A Sydney restaurant with a dead rodent in its storage area and a fish market that stored crabs in a toilet cubicle are new additions to the NSW government’s name and shame list.

Choy Restaurant in Belmore Road, Randwick, in Sydney’s east, has been slapped with three fines worth $1,980 for having a dead rodent in the storage area, as well as vermin activity and unclean premises.

Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said Jemes Fish Market on Liverpool Road in Ashfield, in the city’s inner west, was hit with two fines of $660 for storing live crabs in a toilet cubicle.

“This is one of the most outrageous cases of food storage I have ever heard about, it is unhygienic and is just not fair on consumers who pay good money for their food,” Mr Macdonald said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The past 12 months has seen a number of disturbing breaches on the name and shame list, including cockroaches, rats, a bandaid, a cigarette butt and now this case.

That’s exactly why the NSW Government introduced the website along with major new food safety laws last year – it reckons the public has a right to know the information which this website provides.

Fined eateries appear on the website for 12 months. From this week the names that were first posted will start to come off the list.


Tips on how to avoid poisoning your hangi guests

April 27, 2009

A new food safety guide for Maori has its origins in a nasty incident back in 1997, when a GP notified Auckland Healthcare Public Health Protection of a gastroenteritis case.

The patient had attended a hui in Auckland hours before becoming unwell. Public health staff found 63 more people who had been at the hui suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis.
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