Curvy carrot Euro ban lifted at last

Liz Lynne

Local Lib Dem MEP Liz Lynne has said that she strongly welcomes the EU Commission's decision to scrap rules banning wonky fruit and veg from supermarket shelves.

The European Commission has lifted regulations on 26 types of produce including detailed rules for the size, straightness and colour of basic veg such as carrots and cucumbers.

Liz Lynne, who is the Liberal Democrat Agricultural Spokesperson for England and Wales in the European Parliament, had previously called for the Commission's timetable to be brought forward. She said that she was pleased with the Commission's decision.

"The rules on fruit and vegetables were completely unnecessary and were a major restriction on consumer choice. The Liberal Democrat group of MEPs have long been lobbying to scrap them.

"At a time when many people are feeling the pinch of the credit crunch there is absolutely no reason for throwing away so much perfectly good produce.

"Many food sellers would like to be allowed to sell odd-shaped vegetables, possibly even at a cheaper price than the arrow straight carrot or beautifully curved banana. Giving customers a cheap option is most certainly a good thing. And we need to encourage supermarkets to do the same, to stop waste. As long as customers know what they are buying - that should be enough."