‘Ludicrous’ EU officials ready to ban yogurt (The Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2003, page 7)
Officials at the European Commission are preparing to ban yogurt from Britain because it does not conform to their definition of a standardised Euro-pudding. Under proposed legislation that could become law next year, all yogurt sold in Britain would have to be labelled “fermented milk”.
Yogurt gets a culture shock (Daily Express, 11 November 2003, page 19)
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but Brussels bureaucrats wants to replace the word “yogurt” with the label “mild alternate-culture heat-treated fermented milk”. They aim to bring in a law next year to standardise the dessert across Europe.
The European Commission would like to make trading easier for yogurt manufacturers, whilst ensuring consumers are properly informed, but no official proposals have been drawn up. At present UK yogurt manufacturers cannot sell some of their products in France, which is the type of problem the commission is trying to address. Given the different types and tastes of yogurt imported and exported between EU countries, the commission believes that consumers should know exactly what type they are buying. The commission’s documents suggest that additional terms such as “heat-treated” or “mild” perhaps be added to yogurt labels, but there is no suggestion the word “yogurt” would be banned. In any case, if and when the commission adopts these ideas as formal proposals, they will then need to be debated and scrutinised in the European Parliament, and ultimately voted on by the Council of Ministers.