On EU regulations

Curly cucumbers and knobbly carrots are to return to shop shelves in a move that promises to cut the price of some fresh produce by up to 40per cent.

An EU ban on the sale of wonky fruit and veg which did not meet the \’beauty pageant\’ standards set by Brussels is to be axed.

Stores claim the shift will allow them to sell value packs of wonky fruit and vegetables for as little as 50p each.

Ah, yes, those were the regulations that everyone denied existed and even if they did the supermarkets had been crying out for them which is why you should go to jail for 6 months for selling a wonky vegetable.

Regulations which have taken years and years to over turn, their costing the consumer hundreds of millions if not billions in the interim.

If we didn\’t already have the EU we wouldn\’t invent it now, would we?

13 thoughts on “On EU regulations”

  1. Oh come on Tim, you’re not seriously expecting us to take a Daily Mail article on EU bent bananas as any kind of credible analysis of this topic?

  2. An article on the permitted bendiness of bananas and cucumbers has the advantage of alluding to regulations that really do/did exist, unlike the lies of denial from the Powers That Be.

  3. That’s pretty much all the Daily Mail does, though: allude. The “secret underground chamber” (i.e. cellar) of “top Maddy suspect” Robert Murat.

  4. I read about this sort of thing & feel like I’m losing touch with reality.
    I’ve been living in France for the past couple of years, ( shopping in France & Belgium) & am currently in Spain. You can take it from me that supermarkets in all three countries are quite happy to sell vegetables of all sorts of shapes. As for the market, it’s not unusual to buy cucumbers that look like attempts to produce a Moebius strip. Eggs are sold in dozens or tens & bicycle tyres & TVs in inches.
    Where I was staying, last spring, the farmer down the valley was using surplus milk to fatten veal. The calves are sent back to Italy for slaughter. If I wanted to work here in Spain, I couldn’t because they’re not hiring Brits.
    All of this is contrary to EU regs as are hundreds of things in every day life & no one takes the slightest notice.
    Except in the UK

  5. Maybe we need some kind of EU regulation against the Daily Mail. Of course, you couldn’t specify it by name. But a restriction on malformed journalism of a quality only fit for consumption by animals would certainly do the trick.

  6. “I couldn’t because they’re not hiring Brits.”

    I bet it’s not hiring people who aren’t totally fluent in Catalan or whatever dialect they pretend is totally different to Spanish. Which might amount to not hiring Brits, of course.

  7. “I bet it’s not hiring people who aren’t totally fluent in Catalan or whatever dialect they pretend is totally different to Spanish.”

    Not what I got told yesterday when I was talking with someone in the building industry. He speaks very good Spanish but there’s not much work around & they’re looking after their own people. But, yes, no doubt not being able to handle fluent Valencian would probably be the excuse.

    On a lighter note, I’ve just been looking for garden sheds in french on the net & got a bit flummoxed by references to 8pi x 12pi. Then I caught on; It’s pieds! Bloody feet! UK catalogues have been showing them as peculiar multiples of metres for years. All in the cause of EU conformity of course & we know what happens to retailers who don’t use metric measures in dear old Albion don’t we?

  8. I think the EU should run these things as a brand.

    Have the stars and you won’t get wonky veg.

    They could then see if there was a demand for their regulation.

  9. “Ah, yes, those were the regulations that everyone denied existed and even if they did the supermarkets had been crying out for them which is why you should go to jail for 6 months for selling a wonky vegetable.”

    When did the UK become a corporatist utopia? I just don’t understand it. Big business lobbys our Government and the EU and invariably get what they want. Yet in other European countries these regulations and directives are not bothered with.

    Have our politicians become afraid to make decisions? Time and again you have some exclaimed expert saying ‘must do this’ and it is done. Leaving things up to us making our own choices went out the window years ago.

    Say with supermarkets – they want identical long life tomatoes because that is best for them, and then dress it up as ‘The consumer only wants to buy the archetypal tomato’. We only buy the bog standard tomato because that’s all that is on sale! Everything is arse about face. Nobody is listening to us. It is the ultimate doublespeak to talk of choice in that we seem to have few real choices left. People throughout Government abrogated their responsibilities years ago and left a lot of it in the hands of companies.

  10. @8, aha, Dan Hannan, that proves beyond *all* doubt that it’s not a shonky Euromyth being twisted by an idiot for political advantage…

  11. (for those who don’t understand why this is a shonky Euromyth, all shops ever had to do to sell products that didn’t meet the end user standards was label them ‘product intended for processing’, or similar.)

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