Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ugly Fruits and Vegetables reprieve

The EU has spared ugly fruit and veg. Yes, it is true. Whew! We all feared the uglies would die.

A ban on the sale of some misshapen produce will be dropped.

Praise be the magnanimity of the European Union bureaucracy.

Ending regulations on the size and shape of 26 types of fruit and vegetables, the European authorities killed off restrictions that had become synonymous with bureaucratic meddling.

The rising cost of commodities also persuaded the European Commission that there was no point in throwing away food just because it looked strange.

As of July, when the changes go into force, these standards for the 26 products, as varied as peas and plums, will disappear. European shoppers will then be able to choose their produce whatever its appearance.

Hail freedom!

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