Government madness – EU edition
(Hat Tip to my buddy Ron) Here’s another out of control Nanny State story brought to you by the space aliens in the EU. Having solved all of Europe’s problems, the EU Parliament has approved new regulations banning food from being sold by the unit. Henceforth items such as eggs and rolls will be sold by weight, not by number. (story here from the Daily Mail)
British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament.
For the first time, eggs and other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet.
Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members.
The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight in grams of the eggs inside, for example 372g.
Sheeesh. Of course the excuse given for this madness by the government intrusion experts is that it will “benefit the consumer.” Yeah, right.
The move could cost retailers millions of pounds because of changes they will have to make to packaging and labelling, as well as the extra burden of weighing each box of food before it is put on sale.
The cost is likely to be passed on to shoppers through higher grocery bills.
Experts say it will be next year before the EU is able to pass the controversial measure, which bureaucrats say is designed to help consumers make an informed choice when buying their food because it will require suppliers to provide more comprehensive information.
But last night, food industry experts said the EU plan was ‘bonkers’ and ‘absolute madness’.
No doubt the regime’s “Healthy Foods” czar will pick up on this…