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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 August 2019
4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019 NEWS Veganism, viciousness and viral Zoe in beef mince mix-up Customer Zoe Callis is no stranger to ordering online from Coles, however the supermarket emailed that they replaced her product with Beef Premium Mince when her favourite vegan mince substitute was out of stock. Her first reaction was to laugh out loud, however, when she pointed out the seriousness of the mistake to the supermarket they referred to it as simply an "inconvenient" situation. Ms Callis then took to a private Facebook group for Australian vegans to write a short post about her adventure before posting about the incident on her Facebook account. To her dismay, this sparked an avalanche of online bullying. ‘Feta’ name can only be used for cheese produced in Greece A measure to only allow for 'feta' labelling for cheese produced in Greece was first announced in February, and will soon go into effect. A total of six names classified as geographic indicators will soon be off limits for Australian producers. The Morrison government released a list of names the EU wants banned as it moves into the final stages of negotiations that will most likely receive opposition from primary producers. Among the 236 products on the list Australia is expected to not use is the popular cheese feta, as well as haloumi, gruyere, manchego, asiago, parmigiano reggiano, taleggio and gorgonzola. Prosciutto di Parma and grappa liquor have also been named in the $100 billion trade deal between Australia and the European Union. Scotch steaks are still on the list but after Brexit, they could be included in a separate trade deal negotiated simultaneously with the United Kingdom. The EU argues that the names are tied to a particular European region and their names act as "ge- ographic indicators" that authenticate the quality standards of the product, therefore should not be used by outside producers. "Australians can be confident that we will drive a very hard bargain – as we always do – to achieve an overall agreement that delivers more opportunity for Australian farmers and businesses," Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said. "The EU boasts more than 500 million consumers and, even with existing trade restrictions, it is already Australia's thirdlargest export market." Australia is however preparing to negotiate terms to the agreement that may allow farmers to name their products for example 'Australian Feta' but EU poses resistance suggesting they can only use 'feta-like' as part of the description. Trade negotiators have not yet touched on wines, but prosecco wine might have to be renamed soon. Of all the products on the list, feta is expected to cause the greatest stir within the Australia dairy sector, which wants to continue to use the name on the very popular cheese. At first she started receiving messages from friends joking that she had become famous. "I saw this post on Facebook and it was my profile picture superimposed next to a tray of mince — I thought, what in the world is this?!" Ms Callis told the ABC. "It was a news story. It had my full name and a picture of the post that I'd made. It called me 'irate' — it was ridiculous! I was tagged in more posts and different news outlets took it and rewrote it," she said. The most annoying part of it was that the author of the piece had invaded her privacy and anonymity not only by sharing information that is part of a confidential DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Zoe Callis next to the vegan product she initially ordered being trolled in Chinese media. PHOTO: FACEBOOK group but by using her Facebook profile image and full name. "They actually went on my Facebook profile and dug up a picture of me from about five years ago — it was the main photo before you even clicked the article. I saw it was actually translated in a Melbourne Chinese news outlet," Ms Callis complained, explaining that the initial piece lead to more than 10 articles and many more Facebook posts that shamed her for her vegan lifestyle. Under the posts she could read thousands of public comments and reactions most of which bullied her using vile descriptions. "It was closed vegan group for vegans — we share food and talk about vegan things. I didn't realise that it could go public, I wasn't out there sharing this with everyone. I do feel like my privacy has been invaded a little bit because my name, age and image and everything has been put out there." Some of the most civil comments were: - "Only a vegan would kick up this much of a fuss." - "If she ate meat she would have had to energy to do her own shopping." - "Toughen up princess." "I didn't really want to invite that kind of response from people," Ms Callis said, adding that she only shared her initial discussion in a private group. "Even though the original article didn't necessarily say anything bad about me, other than I was irate when I was clearly making a joke, they definitely wrote it because they know that's the kind of thing people would click and they were the kind of comments people were going to make. "I actually ended up getting a few comments of a sexual nature. I think particularly because it's a vegan thing not to eat meat and then there's all this innuendo." The magnitude of the backlash she received left her feeling shocked and deeply offended. "It just sort of happened and I was kind of like, how is this even allowed? [The context] was taken away and all the ideas and feelings I supposedly had have been added by someone else who doesn't even know me and didn't speak to me." "It's a bit of a laugh, I never said anything wrong or embarrassing," she said. Spray used to contain teens in Oakleigh brawl Police swooped on armed youths brawling at Oakleigh on Friday, 9 August. Police were first called to Warrawee Park at about 10.20pm on Friday after reports that an unknown man had been assaulted. The police report states that the area was patrolled but no victim came forward, however a group of youths in the area was moved on. At 10.45pm, an Oakleigh East man, aged 29, was assaulted at Eaton Mall receiving cuts and bruising to his face. Police again attended and collected details of people in the group and escorted them to the railway station to en- sure there were no further incidents or breaches of the peace. Two men, a 17-year-old from Cranbourne North and a 19-year-old from Murrumbeena had capsicum spray used on them as they attempted to start a fight. The Cranbourne man received a penalty notice for riotous behaviour, and the Murrumbeena man was interviewed for riotous behaviour and the possession of a controlled weapon. A 16-year-old male from Oakleigh was interviewed for a weapon offence and a 15-year-old from Mount Waverley was arrested for an unrelated theft offence. Police subdue suspect involved in violent incidents.
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