In a previous blog, I wrone about how Jerusalem food was the current food trend, a land of milk and honey. However recent changes to UK food legislation may take the sparkleout of the Women’s Institute and leave them with no jam to make. It appears that West Yorkshire Trading Standards are on the war path.
Gone with the sparkles
The Telegraph (7.10.2012) reported that an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service had found that many glittery cake decorations, used to decorate frosted cupcakes, were not in fact suitable to be eaten. In their analysis, they found some were made of inedible polyester plastic, and one sample of glitter powder was in fact made of powdered brass. The label ‘non-toxic’ on cake decorations simply means the packaging is safe for food items – consumers should look for the label ‘suitable for eating’ before adding sprinkles to home-made cakes, and should ask bakers of bought items what their glitter is made of before eating them. It is noted that the television programme ‘The Great British Bake Off‘ has led to an increase in sales of cake sprinkles.
No Jam Vicar?
The Mail reports that the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Service has sent out a circular advising that jams, chutneys and similar products sold at fetes, village fairs and jumble sales may no longer be sold in reused jars. It is pointed out that reusing jars is in breach of European health and safety regulations. The Women’s Institute has issued similar advice. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed this to be case, pointing out that there could be a risk of chemicals leaching from old containers and observing that contravention of the regulation could result in a GBP5,000 fine, 6 months’ imprisonment, or both.