Monday, 2 March 2009

Food For Thought

It’s been reported today that Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) Food Safety Agency – based not so far from where I’m typing this – will be testing four thousand food products this year. Naturally this makes encouraging reading. Sort of. There are two sides to every story. The other side to this one contains words like Escherichia coli, staphylococcus and salmonella. But let sanity reign. There is little point in panicking. For one our food purchasing options are fairly limited and secondly those names seem all too familiar from the food scares British tabloids scream about.

The article said in 2008, ‘4.66% of food items were found noncompliant with safety standards.’ I guess that means one sausage in twenty will be a bad egg, or something like that! Apparently, that’s about average for the region. And so we’ll focus on the positives tonight. Another step towards aligning legislation with EU norms has to be good for the future of the country. After all, much of the food here tastes fantastic so any measures to further secure food safety can only lead to more satisfied customers.

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