Feeds

French cough in to filthy restaurants

France's name is merde

The essential guide to IT transformation

France’s bid to have its cuisine listed as a world treasure has been dealt a blow after it emerged that a quarter of its restaurants break hygiene rules or serve up food unfit for human consumption.

The shocking and frankly rather disgusting news was revealed by the country’s own Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Michel Barnier, who said that visits by health inspectors to around 9,400 restaurants showed that more than 2,600 establishments were in breach of at least one hygiene rule.

According to AFP these ranged from filthy toilets and kitchens to unhygienic staff.

Around 30 tonnes of food were dragged away by gagging inspectors from around 550 restaurants. Closed signs were slapped up at 37 restaurants which failed to meet even the most basic hygiene and food safety rules.

Barnier admitted that the very image of France was at stake. However, you might still be able to tuck into the finest foie gras and garlic drenched gastropoda safe in the knowledge that it was mainly the lower end establishments that were at fault. If you were thinking of patronising pizza stalls, kebab shops or restaurants in tourist hot spots, on the other hand, prepare to spend some time back in your hotel bathroom.

Of course, pizza and kebabs are not exactly French cuisine, and Barnier followed up the point, blaming imported food for much of the problem, singling out dodgy Brazilian beef and moody sunflower oil from the Ukraine.

And, let's face it, the discomfort many Brits feel after their Saturday night chicken tikka massala or halftime pie is nothing to do with the mythical dodgy pint.

All the same, the news will hardly help France in its attempt to have its cuisine listed as a world treasure by Unesco. Apparently the effort is not going so well, though we don’t think the French should completely lose heart.

Afterall, the same UN agency recognises the Knights Templar, despite the fact that the order of religious warriors was brutally suppressed over 700 years ago. Funnily enough, by the French. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE
Examining the frothy disconnect in indie cafe culture
Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay
Stump up via tat bazaar, do a good thing for ill kids
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.