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Pinta and loaf under threat

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Eurocrats in push to pull the plug on the pinta (Daily Mail 30 January 2006)
The traditional pinta is under threat from the EU which wants to replace it with litre and half-litre bottles. Milk is one of a number of staples Brussels wants put in standardised metric packages. Bread, sugar, butter and rice are also being targeted.

No pints? Dairy me (The Sun 30 January 2006)
Meddling Brussels Eurocrats want to ban the traditional British pinta and replace it with metric sizes.

Pint-sized EU upstarts (Daily Express 30 January 2006)
We must save our pinta. The EU bureaucrats think we should quaff our milk, and beer, in litres and half litres. […]The Daily Express has news for them. In Britain, we have been happy with pints, miles an hour and feet and inches for hundreds of years – and no one is confused.

Also in: 
Sunday Times 29 January 2006
Daily Mirror 2 February
Birmingham Post 3 February
Yorkshire Post 3 February

Well, it looks like the press is confused, anyway! The European Commission is in favour of keeping the British pint and loaf.
Under a new drive against red tape, the Commission wants to repeal a number of useless European laws leaving businesses free to decide what kind of packaging to use for goods such as the pint and loaf. The confusion arose when the European Parliament wanted to introduce standard sizes for milk packaging. However, an amendment allows for the use of both metric and imperial measurements. Bread packaging will continue to be governed by national law.
As unelected, barmy Eurocrats we at the Commission cannot decide these things alone. The elected representatives in the European Parliament, including those from the UK, form part of the decision-making process. They voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal to simplify the existing rules on package sizes European Parliament press release on 2 February 2006. And even if the majority had wanted to introduce standard sizes for products like milk and bread, this could not happen without the agreement of the UK Government.
So the loaf and pinta are here to stay, protected and not threatened by the European Union’s rules.

(See also BBC Online about the pinta saga, with Head of European Commission Representation in the UK Reijo Kemppinen’s comment:

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.

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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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