Non-conformist fruit and vegetables escape regulation ghetto

EU nations have given the green light for bent cucumbers and other “wonky” fruit and vegetables to be sold in supermarkets and elsewhere, as part of a drive to cut red tape…

Which is where they belong. Except in terms of quantity, they’re still in place.

In all, marketing standards for 26 fruits and vegetables are being scrapped, paving the way for the return to shopping trolleys of forked carrots, onions that are less than two thirds covered with skin and the bent cucumbers among other deviant vegetables.

“This marks a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot,” said EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel…

She added that in the current climate of high food prices and economic woes “consumers should be able to choose from the widest range of products possible. It makes no sense to throw perfectly good products away, just because they are the ‘wrong’ shape…”

Standards are kept in place for 10 others, including several of the most popular items in European kitchens; apples, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, lettuces, peaches and nectarines, pears, strawberries, sweet peppers, table grapes and tomatoes…

Vendors will be able to sell deviant versions of the still proscribed items as long as they are labelled as a “product intended for processing” or similar.

Idiots. Where have governments gotten to when they feel called upon to act on behalf of the Straight Fruit Growers Guild or some such nonsense – when all they accomplish is additional traffic management and higher costs to the consumer?

One thought on “Non-conformist fruit and vegetables escape regulation ghetto

  1. Cinaedh says:

    I’m always amazed my dirty, smelly, pre-modern-medicine, pre-government-regulation ancestors ever survived long enough to propagate. They probably even consumed crooked fruits and vegetables.

    The horror! The horror! 🙂

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