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UK milk bottles threatened by Brussels

Tuesday, July 31st, 2001

“Doorstep pintas may be broken by Brussels” (Daily Mail, 31 July 2001, page 33)
The glass milk bottle…faces oblivion from a new EU directive.

“EU threat to British pinta” (The Sun, 1 August 2001, page 2)
The traditional British milk bottle is under threat from a new EU directive. Brussels chiefs are looking at replacing the pinta with plastic cartons to cut down on waste. 

“Newsrounds caught in red tape tangle” (The Sunday Telegraph, 26 August 2001, page 13)
So along with doorstep delivery of milk bottles, soon to be outlawed under a new EU packaging waste directive, which regards re-usable milk bottles as environmentally undesirable (plastic containers are preferred),…, another sliver of the British way of life bites the dust.

The glass milk bottle does not face oblivion from a new EU directive. A study was recently carried out for the European Commission into recycling of different forms of packaging. It concluded that for some forms of drinks packaging recycling or reuse makes little sense in environmental or economic terms. Neither the study nor the draft Packaging Waste Directive mentions glass milk bottles. The daily doorstep milk delivery in the UK is completely safe.

Open air floats and glass bottles face ban under hygiene laws

Saturday, March 13th, 1993

Myth: The UK’s pint of milk delivered to the doorstep is under threat thanks to new EC hygiene laws. It is feared that cartons will have to replace bottles as foil tops do not have EC tamper-proof seals, and open-air floats will not keep the milk sufficiently cold.

Response: This is not so. The Council directive relating to the quality and hygiene of milk delivered to the doorstep is a decision accepted by all Member States, including the UK and Ireland. Competent national authorities are responsible for the implementation of those parts of the directive offering hygiene and anti-tampering requirements to ensure that the integrity of the milk is preserved from the place of production until the final consumer.

The Council directive concerned (92/46/EEC; 16.6.92) provides in Annexe Chapter V for competent authorities to grant derogations from the temperature requirement for doorstep deliveries.

As concerns the bottle sealing mentionned in Annexe Chapter III paragraph 4, most existing UK bottled and sealed (metallic top) milk can meet these elementary hygiene and anti-tampering requirements.

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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.

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