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EU to ban selling eggs by the dozen

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by michaelasi, Jun 26, 2010.


  1. michaelasi

    michaelasi PetForums VIP

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    British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament.
    For the first time, eggs and other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet.
    Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members.
    The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight in grams of the eggs inside, for example 372g.

    British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the EU
    Or that a bag of white rolls has 322g inside instead of half a dozen. The rules will not allow both the weight and the quantity to be displayed.
    Last night, Britain’s Food Standards Agency said it was opposed to the move, putting the UK on a potential collision course with Brussels.
    It could be the first test of David Cameron’s pre-Election promise to stand up for Britain’s interests in the EU.
    Eggs have traditionally been sold by the dozen or half-dozen, because the old imperial measurements such as inches or pennies were calculated in groups of 12.
    Early in the 20th Century, eggs were sold from trays on shop counters and carried home in paper bags. But between the two world wars, it was discovered that eggs kept longer if they were left standing on their ends, so the cartons of 12 and six were developed.
    Last night, an FSA spokeswoman said: ‘This proposal would disallow selling by numbers. Retailers would not be allowed to put “Six eggs” on the front of the box. If it was a bag of rolls, it would say “500g” instead of six rolls.

    It could be the first test of David Cameron's pre-Election promise to stand up for Britain's interests in the EU
    ‘It is important that information is provided in a way that is meaningful and beneficial to consumers. This issue is still being considered by EU member states and it will be some time before the regulation is finalised.’
    The move could cost retailers millions of pounds because of changes they will have to make to packaging and labelling, as well as the extra burden of weighing each box of food before it is put on sale.
    The cost is likely to be passed on to shoppers through higher grocery bills.
    Experts say it will be next year before the EU is able to pass the controversial measure, which bureaucrats say is designed to help consumers make an informed choice when buying their food because it will require suppliers to provide more comprehensive information.
    But last night, food industry experts said the EU plan was ‘bonkers’ and ‘absolute madness’.
    Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson warned that it may be too late to change the rules, even though they will be debated further in the European Parliament.
    He revealed that lobbyists had already tried to rectify the regulations, discovered in the 174 pages of amendments to the initial 75-page proposal, but there was not enough time to convince MEPs before the crucial vote.
    The British Retail Consortium, which represents 90 per cent of UK shops, will ask Government Ministers to press for the decision to be reversed.
    Andrew Opie, the consor tium’s food director, said: ‘This is a bad proposal – we need to help consumers, not confuse them. We’ll be talking to the Government to encourage them to make sure these plans don’t come into force.’
    One major food supplier said: ‘This is hindering rather than helping the consumer, taking away one of the key bits of information. If this goes through it would demonstrate how far removed the legislators are from the real world. It’s bonkers.’
    Another industry source added: ‘It’s absolute madness. You can’t make any argument that consumers are being confused by labels for six eggs or four bread rolls.’
    Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer trade magazine, said: ‘You couldn’t make it up, could you? It would be funny if it were an April Fool’s joke. But it’s not and it will potentially cost the industry millions, while confusing customers no end.
    ‘The EU’s attempt to simplify labelling has created a multi-headed monster.’
    The new labelling row is the latest in a long line of European Union food policy scandals.
    The EU passed a directive in 1994 ruling that top-of-the-range bananas had to be ‘free from malformation or abnormal curvature of the fingers’. The directive was ridiculed as a symbol of bureaucratic excess in Brussels.
    In 1988, it ruled that top-of-the-range cucumbers must bend by only 10mm per 10cm in a directive designed to help packaging and transport.
    In 1979, another directive ruled that carrots should be termed as fruits, as the Portuguese made jam out of them.
    In 2003, a threatened European ban on smoky-bacon crisps was averted at the last minute when MEPs forced through amendments after a backlash from the British public.
    Neil Herron, campaign dir ector of the Metric Martyrs Defence Fund, said the EU directive was ‘absolute nonsense’.
    He added: ‘If I was a farmer I would get my customers to throw eggs at any official trying to enforce this. It is dir ectives like this that give the European project a bad name.
    'It makes the British public want to just pull out of the whole thing altogether.’


    Read more: EU to ban selling eggs by the dozen: Shopkeepers' fury as they are told all food must be weighed and sold by the kilo | Mail Online
     
  2. hobbs2004

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    Is it April 1st? :p
     
  3. MerlinsMum

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    Stupidness.

    Won't happen - we have already been given an EU dispensation to sell thing in pounds and ounces (thank god). I am SO glad my small traditional local butchers and greengrocers still do pounds and ounces!!!!!!
     
  4. michaelasi

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    My suggestion is to get the slightly bended 1988 cucumber and stick it where the sun dose not shine , they might see the light at the end of the smokey crisp bacon with scrambled eggs
     
  5. Chillinator

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    What next, a ban on fried eggs? Or maybe new egg size regulations? :lol:

    I think hell would freeze over before this came to the real world.
     
  6. hobbs2004

    hobbs2004 PetForums VIP

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    I have my doubts that this is for real. Bet it is some standard Mail anti-Europe hype :D
     
  7. dee o gee

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    Haha I had to stop and think for a second what today's date was, I thought it was april 1st! :lol:
    Aren't there more important things to be worrying about than bendy bananas or whether theres a dozen or 500g of eggs in a box, what about about unemployment, anti-social behaviour, animal welfare etc. are bendy bananas and cucumbers more important than them? :lol: It'l just confuse people altogether, Iv worked in 2 shops for the last 2 years and Iv never heard someone come on and ask for 440g of ham, they just ask for a pound. What do they expect people to do, go into a shop and ask for 500g of bread and 250g of eggs. :confused1:
     
  8. Thorne

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
  9. JANICE199

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    :lol: Now i wonder what well educated pillock came up with that bright idea.:rolleyes:
     
  10. poohdog

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    It's about time we got out of this European crap...All we are doing is making millionaires of the hoi poloi like Kinnock and his missus.The whole set up is corupt and WE'RE paying for it.They can't even present the books for donkeys years to protect their gravy train.

    The original idea of Nations fair trading with each other to make war a thing of the past in Europe was great...But like all other institutions that get too big.It's just jobs for the boys and red tape by the ton.

    It's so powerful now though that it makes it's own rules, including keeping us in it.
    Unless a new Churchill appears in our lack luster Parliament.
     
  11. ChinaBlue

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    Those people obviously have far too much time on their hands and are getting paid far too much of our money anyway. I sincerely hope we make a stand and refuse to kowtow to those idiots.
     
  12. bird

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    Think this just about sums the EU up. :mad: Well I dont care what they say. I still ask for things in pounds and ounces and my sweets in quarters. I'm damn well going to continue to ask for a dozen eggs. :thumbup:
     
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