Euromyth: EU bans eating of competition cake (Timesonline.co.uk, 24 August 2008)
Bakery competitions have become the latest tradition to fall foul of Brussels bureaucrats. New EU regulations have banned the consumption of cakes and scones entered at country fairs, preventing contestants from enjoying their winning entries. The Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes has ordered contestants at shows to destroy all cakes submitted immediately following competitions.
Orders to destroy competition cakes have not been baked-up by Brussels’ bureaucrats.
The “new” EU food hygiene legislation has been applied throughout the UK from 1 January 2006.
The rules apply to “food businesses” – and not those events held by the Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes, or any other local church, school or village fair, where food is prepared occasionally.
Following the misleading media coverage, the Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes has now issued this statement:
“The SWRI wishes to make it clear that in no way has the EU banned the consumption of competition cakes entered into baking contests at Country Shows. Most Federations within the SWRI hold a show every year or every two years, with hundreds of cakes being made for these shows. They have not ordered their members to destroy all cakes submitted immediately after the prize giving ceremony, however realising the importance of health and safety they do enforce that any cake containing fresh cream, eggs or butter is disposed of at the end of the show, to avoid any outbreak of food poisoning. To avoid food waste the Institute has recommend that their members to bake smaller-sized cakes, but again this is not under any instructions from the EU.”