EU slices up ‘ugly fruit’ rules

November 15, 2008

EU slices up 'ugly fruit' rules

BBC reports on the scrapping by the EU of certain “rules” relating to fruit.

The European Commission has scrapped controversial rules that prevent oddly-sized or misshapen fruit and vegetables being sold in Europe.

The EU’s agriculture commissioner called it “a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot”.
Marketing standards for 26 types of produce were scrapped, in a drive to cut bureaucracy.

The rules were introduced to ensure common EU standards, but are regarded by critics as examples of Euro-madness.

These rules were part of the significance of international trade and the European dimension for UK businesses. The cutting of the rules should make it easier to sell fruit.

Key question though, is will consumers suffer as a result?

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EU seeks key deal on fruit trade

July 17, 2008

EU seeks key deal on fruit trade

BBC reports on how the EU is seeking a deal on the trade in tropical fruit.

Failure to agree on tropical fruit exports to the European Union would put a global trade deal at risk, the European Commission has warned.

These agreements on international trade can have an impact on how a business in the UK operates and their sales.