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The German food scandal and what consumers should learn from it

German Food Scandal

German Food Scandal

Read this articles also in German.

In Germany a food scandal with dioxin contaminated products (up to now eggs and pig meat) had been uncovered End of 2010 and the public had been informed beginning 2011.

“According to the European Union, the incident began when fatty acids meant to be used for industrial processes – from a biodiesel company – were mixed with vegetable feed fat, used to make food for animals.

The contaminated feed was distributed to several farms in Germany, and consumed by pigs and hens whose meat and eggs now have levels of dioxins higher that those allowed under EU law. Most of the affected farms are pig farms in Germany’s Lower Saxony region.

Some of the eggs were sent to a processing plant in the Netherlands, and a 14-tonne consignment of pasteurised egg has been sent on to the UK, where it may have entered the food chain.

EU authorities say they were first informed about the incident by Germany on 27 December 2010. But the first message only referred to one consignment – 26 tonnes – of contaminated feed. By 3 January 2011, German officials realised that the contamination was much bigger – a total of nine consignments – delivered to 25 feed manufacturers.

However, the state agriculture ministry in Schleswig-Holstein says the dioxin alert began even […] in March 2010 […]. The responsible company is alleged not to have informed the authorities of this. […][Test] results released later by the ministry showed the fat of the feed contained 77 times the approved amount of dioxin.“

It is too easy to blame the industry alone – consumers partly responsible as well

“Environmentalists blame industrialized food production for dioxin scandal”. Partly to blame is surely the industry and especially the companies that violated the law and thus must be prosecuted.

But partly responsible are also the very price sensitive food shopper. These consumers who want to save money on food also put pressure on the industry to lower production costs. One result is that despite the amount of food sold remained stable in 2009, the food revenues dropped 4%.

Support local producers instead of only big supermarket chains

Nothing is for free, that’s what the consumer should keep in mind when shopping. Of course it is  not possible for some people to buy biologically produced products all the time and some may argue that biological is not always better. But one thing is sure, buying from time to time from local small producers that control their supply chain (produce for example the corn that is fed to their chicken) will help maintaining or even increasing the diversity of products. When the next big food scandal comes you have at least the local producer to buy from…

foodieSquare supports food diversity and culture

By enabling small traditional food producers to sell through our market place, we pursue the same goal as the Slow Food movement, namely “save the countless traditional grains, vegetables, fruits, animal breeds and food products that are disappearing due to the prevalence of convenience food and industrial agribusiness.”


What Kässpatzn have in common with foodieSquare

See also post in German

One of the things I enjoy most is eating with and cooking for friends. I love to go to the artisan food markets and look for good ingredients I can use for my dishes. Sometimes I even buy something without knowing what to cook with it, like the first time I bought a monkfish at the beginning of this year.

Without artisan food shops the food shopping experience would be really dull. Just imagine having only the supermarket chains to shop, even if they are “bio” supermarkets. The experience is just different and the food is still mainly mass-produced instead of handmade by passionate food producers.

Some people say the best way to have a good business idea is to look for ones pain in everyday life and solve it. Well, my pain is not being able to purchase really good cheese (Emmentaler, mountain cheese, Weißlacker and Limburger) to make Kässpatzn (see picture above of the last time I made Kässpatzn, and the recipe here), my favourite southern Bavarian dish. So I would love to buy these things from my favourite artisan shop in the Allgäu, but I cannot as they do not sell online and do not ship to Spain.

So foodieSquare will really solve my problem as I can then buy from my favourite stores from wherever I am in Europe.  Even better, foodieSquare will connect me to so many special artisan shops that each one of us knows from his home region. On top of that we provide an additional revenue source for these small stores and help preserve the food diversity in Europe.

So please send us the contact details with a short description of the artisan food shop you love to and we will make sure that you soon can buy from them from wherever you are!!



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