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FISH AND CHIPS ARE SIMPLY KOSHER!
FISH and chips a great British dish? Well, after a fashion according to Paul Levy, co-author of the “Official Foodie Handbook” and chairman of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. He says its origins are somewhat more exotic. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph last week Mr Levy says battered fish was the legacy of the Portuguese Marranos in the 16t century, a group of nominal Christians who were secretly practising Jews who fried their fish on Fridays, the Christian world’s traditional fish day. The recipe found itself into the first Jewish cookery book which was later translated into English. Mr Levy says what was one regarded a distinctly working class meal  has now found popularity among all classes and is now being served in the poshest of London’s restaurants. And he has named his three cats – fish, chips and mushy peas in honour of the meal.

HERRING SEASON OFF TO A GOOD START
THE first of the Iceland summer spawning herring is reaching the fish production plants. The HB Grandi pelagic trawlers has landed up to 1,000 tons of herring  which was caught in four big hauls south of the Látragrunn  by the trawler Ingunn AK.The catch has been taken to the company’s production plant at Vopnafjördur for processing.Róbert Axelsson, chief mate on board Ingunn AK said it looked like a promising start to the season with the fish appearing to be in good condition after the spawning.

EU TO BAN FISH FROM SRI LANKA
FISH from Sri Lanka is to be banned by the European Union  because of its alleged slack attitude to illegal fishing . The European Commission which has  proposed  the ban, has at the same time lifted an embargo  on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission this week also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, saying they had implemented concrete measures to combat illegal fishing.EU Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki said “”Our policy of resolute cooperation is yielding results. ,”

JAPAN CALLS ON  S. KOREA TO OVERTURN FISH BAN
JAPAN is stepping up the pressure on South Korea to remove its import ban on Japanese seafood produced in a number of regions in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear plant leak. The Tokyo government has contacted the World Trade Organisation saying that the South Korean measure are contrary to  international trade rules. Tokyo  says it will appeal to the international community so that it can resume exports of seafood from the eight prefectures to South Korea, according to the officials. Japan’s seafood industry suffered a serious setback when the Fukukshima nuclear power plant was seriously damaged in the massive earthquake of 2011 and 100 tons of radio active material leaked into the sea

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