|If I ever buy jam I buy the prettiest jars I can find so I can recycle them.|
The great thing about blogging is that you can move quickly and say what you think in minutes.
This morning I lay in bed quietly watching the mist lift across the copper beech trees. It was a perfect Sunday morning until I checked my phone and noticed a tweet. It said that the Church of England has banned the sale of all jams, marmalades pickles and chutneys. At first I thought it was a joke. Sadly it is not.
This is a link to the article I read in The Telegraph.
Apparently someone has decided that because glass is slightly porous jam and preserves made in recycled jars may no longer be sold because there is a risk that someone might want to make jam in a jar that has contained something toxic. This ruling means that home jam makers wanting to donate preserves to a fundraiser may no longer do so without breaking EU legislation.
I do not believe that anyone who makes jam would be so stupid as to use a contaminated jam jar. These rules and regulations made in Brussels are, to me, an insult to basic common sense. What next? Will the EU tell me how to cross the road with out getting run over?
I wonder - does this mean that milk bottles are no longer to be recycled and when I make a cake for the village fete, if I use my home made jam from a recycled jar of my home made jam am I then breaking the law?
How can you even prove that a jam jar is actually new? And who are the jam jar police?
The whole thing goes against everything I stand for. Using up gluts of fruit, supporting my local community, charity, kindness, recycling and being green. It’s absurd.
UPDATE - Monday Lunch time
I rang and spoke to Lou Henderson, Senior Media Officer at the Church of England. I asked him about the story in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail and he was very clear in his response.
"Yes The Churches Legislation Advisory Service did advise that this legislation might have implications for the church fundraising sales of home made jam but the news story is not correct. the Church of England has not banned anything and the information ( in the article) did not come from us. it is misleading to suggest that it is."