jecasc - 11:04 pm on Nov 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Actually that is just another example of media spinning perfectly sane and sensible legislation.
When it comes to EU regulations some media simply seem to tick out.
The EU regulation that is put into law in the UK now, bans unproven health claims on food. The question was put forward if bottled water manufactures could put "prevents dehydration" on their labels and the EU Commission said no - and put forward good reasons - which are convinently left out in the article. One of them being that dehydration is usually a symptome of an underlying disease - which can not be cured with bottled water.
I have made it a habit for a long time not to trust any of this claims of "outragous" and "ridiculous" EU laws by media before further investigation, because usually it turns out to be rubbish. Especially if the primary source is a british newspaper.
Just like the alleged ban of cucumbers and bananas that are not properly curved - a ban that never existed but is still mentioned in the article of the telegraph, which is the source of the Fox article:
In reality mishaped cucumbers and bananas were no longer allowed to be called "extra class" but only class I or class II. Regulations that make sense in a common market - if a british merchant orders cucumbers he needs to know what he will get when he orders "Extra Class" cucumbers in Poland or the Netherlands. He needs to know all are talking of the same size and quality if he wants to compare prices. A common market does not work if "Extra Class" cucumbers in the Netherlands are the size of a thumb and in Poland the size of an arm.