ISRAEL - Government Adopts European Food Standards

Arno Froese

The government approved a plan to adopt European food safety standards, removing the vast majority of Israeli guidelines, in an effort to address the country’s high cost of living.

“You know how Israelis always come back [from Europe] and say, ‘Why is it so much cheaper in Berlin?’ Because Berlin uses European standards and they are cheaper. So we are bringing them to Israel,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a video statement about the measure.

The adoption of European food standards in place of Israeli ones will go into effect on January 1. Of the 127 food standards currently in effect, 97 will be eliminated immediately for Israeli importers on that date.

In addition, the interministerial committee recommended that Israel adopt the American and European quality control standards for honey, olive oil, instant coffee and roasted coffee, and allow importers and manufacturers to decide which of the three standards to follow. Before this can go into effect, the current law governing those products must be updated, however.

“Matching Israeli regulations with those accepted around the world is the key to increasing competition and bringing down prices for the consumer. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel and to add specialized and unnecessary bureaucracy,” Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman said., 28 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

Being able to adapt to new circumstances is Israel’s primary key to success. “The current law governing those products must be updated.” In plain words, Israel must adapt to prevailing global laws. That, incidentally, may be one of America’s biggest mistakes—being unwilling to adapt. For example, measurements are still based on the outdated, ancient European units such as miles, yards, feet, pounds, ounces, etc., while the rest of the world uses the French metric system. Also, regarding temperature, the US continues to use the outdated German Fahrenheit scale, while all others have adapted to the Swedish Celsius scale, where water freezes at 0 and boils at 100. 

When we research Israel’s short history, we find that change and adaptation is indeed the key to success. The founding of the State in 1948 was based on the communist system. From the many political parties at that time, Mapam was the strongest—proudly presenting their flag with the hammer and sickle. That didn’t last long, and Israel changed toward the socialist-capitalist system.

Apparently, experts in the field see the need to adapt to European food safety standards.

In summary, globalism continues to race toward victory. Israel plays a significant part by showing the world their adaptability.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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