The Usual Suspects have today been getting hot under the collar about the absolute certainty that the EU is going to ban the sale of eggs in dozens. We’ll have to have them in 1.923 kgs packs in future. Man the ramparts! Pull up the drawbridge! It’s an outrage! An attack on the British way of life! Bring on the photo of a bulldog in a Union Jack waistcoat!
Blimey. Is it really worth getting hot and bothered about this? It’s not going to happen. It never does. I’ve gone back to the original story in the Grocer magazine about the passage of EU Food Labelling legislation. There has been an exemption (enjoyed by all countries in the EU) to nominate goods to be sold by number rather than weight. The exemption has been dropped from the legislation as it goes through the EU Parliament.
As it stands, worst case, from what I can read, the egg industry will still be able to sell eggs in boxes of a dozen or half a dozen, but they won’t be able to write “12 eggs” or “6 eggs” on the boxes. They’ll have to write the weights instead.
However, I then dive down to the bottom of the story in the Grocer and read a bit not repeated by other publications such as the Telegraph:
“…When food industry lobbyists tried to rectify the omission with an amendment, after it was discovered in the 174 pages of amendments to the initial 75-page proposal, there was not enough time to convince members of its importance before the crucial vote”, …added (Gordon Polson, Director of the Federation of Bakers).
…But with a second reading still to come, the BRC (British Retail Consortium) spokesman…(said): “There is still time for this to be changed. We are pushing hard.”
-As will be all the other countries. So in other words, this is not going to happen. So why does it consume the anger of the right wing media today?
They appear to be pandering to a national inferiority complex.
Hang loose and chill out, say I.
By the way, I loved this comment from the Grocer’s editor:
The scary thing is this legislation was the EU’s attempt to simplify and rationalise labelling systems. Instead it’s created a monster, with several unattractive heads. The Daily Mail is going to have a field day.
…A prediction which proved to be spot-on.