Daily Archives: November 27, 2014

  • The first olive oil festival to unite Greek & Turkish Cypriot producers

    Olive oil Festival- LtoR Crop Husbandry director Christian Harel, ZEYBIR’s chairman Irfan Celik and SEKEP’s chairman Philippos Kameris

    THE first bi-communal olive oil festival will mark the beginning of a cooperation that will benefit producers on both sides of the divide, Greek and Turkish Cypriot olive oil producers’ associations SEKEP and ZEYBIR announced yesterday.

    The festival, called ‘Let’s grow together’ is taking place at the weekend at the Ledra Palace checkpoint area and is supported by the EU-funded ‘Crop Husbandry’ project that has been providing technical support to Turkish Cypriot farmers for the last six years.

    “We hope that this meeting will be the beginning of a new cooperation between the two organisations that will contribute to the support of the Cypriot olive producers,” SEKEP chairman Philippos Kameris said.

    He said that SEKEP’s goal is to support Cypriot olive oil producers to find new markets, grow new olive varieties and fight the olive fruit fly (Dacus).
    “As Cypriot olive producers we were working together in many mixed villages before 1974 and now we decided to get together under the umbrella of the European Union with this weekend’s event,” Kameris said.

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 4.9/10 (19 votes cast)
    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +6 (from 6 votes)
    Olive oil Festival- LtoR Crop Husbandry director Christian Harel, ZEYBIR’s chairman Irfan Celik and SEKEP’s chairman Philippos Kameris THE first bi-communal olive oil festival will mark the beginning of a cooperation that will benefit producers on both sides of the... 
    Read More →
  • Inspectors Struggle To Keep Up With Imported Food Products

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is partnered with the FDA to anticipate potential threats to an issue of national security: the food supply.

    According to federal statistics, 15 percent of the nation’s food supply is imported from overseas.
    In fact, a recent study at UC Davis found that 70 percent of olive oils aren’t what the label says they are.

    “Sometimes, it’s mixed with nut oils and then there’s allergens involved,” said Patrick Vardaro, an olive oil seller.
    As CBS2’s Lisa Sigell reports, olive oil is a target because it’s expensive.

    “There’s a lot of fraud in the industry, and it’s obviously for monetary gain,” Vardaro said. Amy Kircher is with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, which is a University of Minnesota lab set up to protect the nation’s food supply.

    “Anything made in bulk or produced or shipped in bulk is something that we’re always very careful with,” Kircher said.

    But here and elsewhere, food watchdogs are doing their best to protect the food supply and say the greatest risk of food fraud arises when purchasing from a vendor consumers don’t know well.
    They say the labels and products consumers purchase should look familiar.
    For more information on food safety, visit the FDA’s website.

    Article source

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 4.6/10 (9 votes cast)
    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +2 (from 4 votes)
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is partnered with the FDA to anticipate potential threats to an issue of national security: the food supply. According to federal statistics, 15 percent of the nation’s food supply is imported from overseas. In fact, a recent study at... 
    Read More →