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Curved bananas

Wednesday, March 4th, 1998

Bananas must not be excessively curved. (The Sun, 4 March 1998, p6)

Bananas are classified according to quality and size for international trade. Individual governments and the industry have in the past had their own standards with the latter’s, in particular, being very stringent. The European Commission was asked by national agriculture ministers and the industry to draft legislation in this area. Following extensive consultation with the industry, the proposed quality standards were adopted by national ministers in Council in 1994.

11 inch pizzas

Thursday, November 17th, 1994

Traditional pizzas are to be outlawed by the EU under new laws regulating their diameter and depth.

Daily Mail, p.23, 17 November 1994
The Sun, p.20, 17 November 1994
The Star, p.7 , 17 November 1994

This is completely untrue. The European Commission has not produced any such law, and has no intention of doing so in the future.

Tin can standardisation

Monday, March 15th, 1993

Statement: Brussels is responsible for bringing in laws on regulating the size of tin cans. Is this fair on the consumer?

Response: There has been legislation in this area, with a directive* fixing the range of permissable container capacities for preserves, and semi-preserves of vegetable products in tins and glass containers.

Nevertheless this directive is optional ie. Member States are given the option to authorise container capacities which are not covered by the Directive and may not refuse the placing on the market of products which satisfy the requirements of the Directive.

The capacities selected in the Directive result from European standardisation following initiatives by industry. These capacities are 370ml, 425ml, 446ml, 580ml and so on.

* Directive 80/232/EEC, 15.1.1980, Annexe 2.

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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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