Latvia fears for its smoked sausages

Companies that produce meat in Latvia are concerned because the deadline for implementing an EU directive that forbids traditional methods for smoking and curing meat expires in September, ending the transitional phase.

According to media reports, one in three meat producers may have to give up their business.

The daily Diena suspects that German interests are behind this regulation:

The European Union is not a club of friends. It’s an institution that is used to satisfy the needs of individual entrepreneurs. The smiling faces that talk endlessly about common interests are just a façade. … This time the new regulation probably caters to German interests. It’s the result of the lobby work of representatives of the food industry. They probably want to sprinkle smoke aromas on products that are stuffed with e-numbers so that the meat looks and tastes like smoked meat.