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EU bans wooden oars for stirring the Christmas pudding

November 11th, 1992

Myth: It was recently alleged that there would be an end to the Royal Navy’s tradition of stirring the Christmas pudding mixture with wooden oars, on account of a new EC hygiene regulation which condemns this type of mixer as a health risk. Instead, a plastic version would have to be used.

Response: There is no truth at all in this accusation. The framework directive on materials in contact with foodstuffs (89/109/CEE – L40 of 1989) merely states that such materials should not “transfer their constituents to foodstuffs in quantities which could endanger human health or bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the foodstuffs”.

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