The Ocean City School District cancelled classes for Tuesday, but by mid-morning, roads were clear outside Ocean City High School.A false alarm of sorts gave students in the Ocean City School District a day off on Tuesday, but they’ll pay for it in June.School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor announced to the Board of Education on Wednesday that the tentative date for the last day of school and graduation has been pushed back from June 15 to June 16.Forecasters had called for blizzard conditions and as much as 14 inches of snow for Ocean City on Tuesday, but the storm left only about two inches.Taylor said the district had no choice but to close schools once Gov. Chris Christie issued a state of emergency on Monday, closing roads on Tuesday to all but emergency vehicles.The district had built in one snow day into the school calendar, but schools were closed on Dec. 9 as a strong nor’easter flooded streets and school bus routes.
Food minister Jim Paice has called on food businesses to voluntarily do more to improve country-of-origin labelling.While on a recent visit to Melton Mowbray, home of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, Paice said he wanted to see improved country-of-origin labelling, particularly in products where confusion can most easily occur, such as meat and dairy.“Some good work is already happening – for example the voluntary agreement agreed recently by the pig meat industry. Individual products, such as Sainsbury’s Steak and Cornish Ale Pasty and Asda Chicken Puff Pastry Pie, have also been singled out as products which show clearly that the meat is British, and the product is made in Britain,” said Paice. In response to the announcement by the food minister, Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said it was delighted to see the government putting pressure on food manufacturers and retailers now, rather than waiting for a decision from the EU.“Ultimately, we want it to be mandatory for food companies to provide clear information about the origin of key ingredients, so that wherever consumers are shopping, they can see where their food comes from,” added Vicary-Smith.Paice said it was a priority for the government to ensure that food labelling was as clear as it could be. “I’m therefore calling on the industry to work with us to ensure that people can be confident about the origin of the products they buy.”The EU is currently considering new rules on country-of-origin labelling and, while Defra said it would prefer industry to respond voluntarily to consumer demands for improved labelling, it said it would also be pressing for the option of compulsion to be kept open.>>Foods Standards Agency stripped of nutrition and labelling>>EU rejects traffic light food labelling
Hethertons, the Carlise-based bread brand, has raised £750 for three different Cumbrian charities.The brand, which is owned by Coulton’s Bread and is led by managing director Howard Hunter, has donated 5p per loaf sold in the county in recent weeks.Hunter has since hit the road to deliver three cheques to the value of £250 each for Jigsaw Eden Valley Hospice, Durdar, The Bendrigg Trust in Kendal and Eden Carers from Penrith.Hunter told British Baker: “I have decided to donate the 5p off every Hethertons-Original to help charities in Cumbria because the work and support that charities and their local volunteers offer is fantastic. And most of the time they have to raise the money themselves to do this work to help make our lives better.“I also have a nephew who is brain damaged and in a wheel chair after being knocked down 4 years ago when he was just 16. Our staff all live in and around Carlisle and I wanted to put some money back into the community.”