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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] 'There seems to be a will to revise the text of the agreement on milk' Alternate Food Minister says
  • [02] The 10 most popular Greek islands for Swedes

  • [01] 'There seems to be a will to revise the text of the agreement on milk' Alternate Food Minister says

    The impasse on the issue of milk is likely to be overcome as the troika seems to have accepted some changes, according to the latest information.

    Asked on the issue, Alternate Rural Development and Food Minister Maximos Charakopoulos told ANA-MPA that there seemed to be a will to revise the text of the agreement on milk and that was a positive development.

    However, he highlighted some key observations that cannot be ignored:

    "The term 'milk of the day' makes sense if it has a shelf-life up to 5 days and can thus be distributed to large urban centres. Moreover, the milk with the mildest heat treatment has a de facto five day life. Therefore, why is there a need to limit its shelf-life?

    Regarding the removal of the term 'fresh', that also exists in other EU countries. In any case, pasteurized milk does not have an unlimited shelf-life. In Greece is set at 5 days, with the possibility of 1 day extension provided the 'cold chain' is preserved, as milk is collected from different parts of the country until it reaches the corner store.

    Furthermore, it is useful to put an end to the misleading term 'UHT pasteurization' that creates the illusion of higher quality to many consumers, while it is known that the higher temperature treatment the milk undergoes, the less nutritional values it has. The current 'high pasteurized milk' could be called milk of higher temperature treatment."

    [02] The 10 most popular Greek islands for Swedes

    ANA/MPA---Crete was the most popular island among Swedes in 2013, according to a vote on kalimera.se website, Swedish daily Expressen wrote in its online version.

    More specifically, according to a briefing paper from the Greek Embassy in Stockholm, the report presents the 10 most popular Greek islands based on the results of the online vote.

    These are: Crete, Naxos, Amorgos, Karpathos, Samos, Rhodes, Tilos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Santorini. According to the report, Crete is the largest Greek island while Naxos has beautiful beaches, some of which are perfect for wind surfing.

    There is also a reference to Amorgos, where parts of the film "The Big Blue" were shot as well as the natural beauties of Karpathos and the historical sites of Samos. Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece, is famous for its night life and its cultural heritage, the report says. Skiathos is promoted as the "representative" of the North Sporades, followed by Skopelos where "Mamma Mia" movie scenes were shot, highlighting its natural beauties. The list is concluded with Santorini and its volcano that erupted 3,500 years ago.


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