The horse meat scandal that has prompted food quality testing throughout Europe and North America has taken an interesting turn as The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) found that a brand of Icelandic beef pies contain no meat at all. MAST tested a handful of foods produced by food services company Gæðakokkar to ensure that they did not contain any horse meat without saying so on the label and have found improper labeling in all of them. However none contained horse meat, MAST revealed in a press release. The beef pies, which claimed on the packaging to contain 30% beef, were found to have no meat (no animal protein) at all. Meatballs from the same company were labeled as containing both lamb and beef, but contained no beef. The Public Health Authority of the West has requested that the beef pies be recalled by Gæðakokkar. The Public Health Authority of the West is also seeking to legally reprimand Gæðakokkar for violating food labeling laws. Magnús Níelsson, owner of Gæðakokkar, told RÚV that he is shocked at the findings of MAST and cannot explain how no beef made it into the companies 30% beef pies.
The Icelandic Coast Guard rescued a whale that had been caught in netting, with the whole event record on video. A statement from the Icelandic Coast Guard announces that they received a call yesterday morning of a whale near Skagafjörður that had reportedly gotten caught in some fishing netting. The whale had attempted to free itself, but a rope from the net was entangled around its tail, and it was swimming not far from shore. A local sailor had attempted to free the netting from the whale himself, but the hook he was using was smacked from his hand by
The Head Cheiftain of the Ásatrú Society says neo-Nazis have attempted to co-opt the pagan faith – a practice the society utterly disavows. “We strongly oppose any attempt by individuals to use their association with the Ásatrúarfélagið of Iceland to promote attitudes, ideologies and practices rejected by the leadership of the Ásatrúarfélagið. We particularly reject the use of Ásatrú as a justification for supremacy ideology, militarism and animal sacrifice,” a statement the religious order posted on their website in English reads in part. “It should also be known that visitors have no authority to speak on our behalf. There is
What Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir told parliament earlier this summer about police investigations of her Ministry, and what the reality was, are two different things. As Vísir points out, Hanna Birna addressed parliament on the investigations of her Ministry on numerous occasions. On June 18, while police investigations were still ongoing, she told her colleagues that she had no knowledge of what police were uncovering and how they were conducting their investigations. “I do not know these investigations,” she told parliament. “I do not know about them, and it would be unnatural if I knew about any part of
The Netherlands has sold its claims on the estate of the failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki to Deutsche Bank, reports RÚV. “I am pleased that the sale has enabled the Dutch state to get its money back quickly,” Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Bloomberg. The Dutch Finance ministry has now recouped all of the €1.43 billion euros ($1.89 billion) the country paid out to compensate Dutch depositors with Icesave accounts after Landsbanki failed in 2008. The Dutch Finance Ministry said the sale of the remaining claims to investors had yielded about €623 million euros.
Uncertainty about what is happening underneath Vatnajökull glacier continues following the appearance of fissures yesterday, reports RÚV. As reported, a flight observing the surface of Vatnajökull discovered a row of 10-15 m deep cauldrons, 1 km wide, south of the Bárðarbunga caldera. They form a 4-6 km long line. The cauldrons have been formed as a result of melting ice. Geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson estimates that roughly 30-40 million cubic metres of glacial water has been produced but told RÚV that there is no evidence indicating an actual eruption at this time. Magnús Tumi believes it is possible that a minor eruption may have taken place in the
Seismic activity at and around the Bárðarbunga volcano has prompted authorities to call an urgent meeting to assess the situation. There is still no confirmation of an eruption. Earlier this evening, Tobias Dürig tweeted a photo of fissures in Holuhraun, next to Dyngjujökull, and southeast of Bárðarbunga, taken by a TF-SIF surveillance plane. Vísir reports the fissures are four to six kilometres long, and ten to fifteen metres deep. As Civil Protection in Iceland announced: “Scientists from the Icelandic Earth Science Institute, the Icelandic Meteorological Office and representatives from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management were on a