Navigation path

Left navigation

Additional tools

Tag ‘eggs’

Daily Express’s “11 barmy EU rules” either do not exist or are rather sensible

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

A pop-up on the Express web site, appearing for some time now via various pages featuring EU “news” and prominent in online searches, is headlined “Brussels’ craziest decisions.”

It cites “the top eleven unusual rules proposed by Brussels that seem too barmy to be true”.

That is because about half of these stories are simply not true. And the others are seriously misleading.

Read the full entry

Unscrambling the headlines

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Despite numerous news reports in the past 48 hours, there are no EU plans to ban the sale of eggs sold by the dozen, or even by the half-dozen for that matter!

The media frenzy was generated following a vote by MEPs concerning amendments to EU food labelling rules, which are also being examined by member states’ ministers too. The real question being addressed is whether there should be an obligation to include weight measurements on the packs as well. Not instead of.

Read more at the EP in the UK website:

EU orders eggs to be stamped with home address

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

The European Commission has certainly “gone to work on an egg”. Its latest requirement is that farmers must stamp every egg they sell with their home address, the details of the hen which laid the egg, the method of production, the code for the producer-packer, and a sell-by date…
The Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2003, p25

Passed in direct response to requests from consumers and consumer groups, the EU legislation referred to here requires only that eggs be stamped with the farm code (which also indicates the country of origin) and the method of production. Any other details stamped are voluntary or as a result of national measures.
The decision on where stamping should take place – on the farm or at the packer station – has not yet been taken, so the assertion that producers will have to ‘waste £5000 on labelling equipment’ is highly speculative

New eggs cannot be called eggs

Monday, August 14th, 2000

It is the egg that dare not speak its name – thanks to the bureaucrats of Brussels. In what astonished critics derided as a half-baked decision, European Union officials have ruled that a new egg from Sainsbury’s cannot be called by its proper name – because it has been slightly heated up to get rid of hazardous bugs.
(Daily Mail, p8, 14 August 2000)

This is untrue. The Commission had made no such pronouncement, nor had it even investigated the issue. Whether or not the treated egg can be labelled ‘fresh’ or otherwise remains to be seen. The Commission takes seriously the need for proper labelling to enable informed consumer choice within the single market. In September it adopted a proposal for the compulsory, clear and unambiguous labelling of the farming method used to produce eggs. This was to increase consumer awareness of new rules on the protection of laying hens agreed in 1999.

EC in the UK

Check the EC Representation in the UK website

Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

Share buttons

Twitter feeds


We welcome your comments. They will be moderated. Please keep to the topic and use respectful language.