Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Europe progresses towards a free market

Starting in July, when the changes come into force, standards for 26 products, ranging from peas to plums, will disappear altogether. European shoppers will then be able to chose their produce whatever its appearance.

For 10 other types of fruit and vegetables, including apples, citrus fruit, peaches, pears, strawberries and tomatoes, shape standards will remain. However, items that do not meet European norms will still be allowed onto the market providing they are marked as being sub-standard or intended for cooking or processing.

This marks a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot,” said Mariann Fischer Boel, European Commissioner for Agriculture, who argued that regulations were better left to market operators.

-Europe Welcomes Abnormal Veggies

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