Brexit... its not all doom and gloom

6th July 2016

On the back of Brexit; we take a look at some of the more unusual EU laws which we might be better off without:

Bananas should not be too bendy...

In 1995, the EU issued guidelines for the growing of bananas and cucumbers. This regulation required that bananas of the highest quality classification could not have abnormal curvature and led to various stories about an EU ban on curved bananas. The directive was repealed in 2008 following uproar over products being thrown away or destroyed.

Water does not hydrate you...

The EU prohibits manufacturers of bottled drinking water from labelling their products with anything that would suggest consumption would fight dehydration, and producers of bottled water could face a two-year jail sentence if they disregarded the directive. Apparently following a 3 year investigation EU officials concluded that there was no evidence to prove that water was hydrating.

Turnips v swedes...

Turnips cannot be called swedes unless the swede is contained in a Cornish pasty, then it is perfectly ok to be branded as a turnip. The EU has said that in all other circumstances the two veggies are different.

Diabetics are banned from driving...

Although it is not currently enforced, (David Cameron mocked the directive), diabetics are banned from driving.

Eggs cannot be sold by the dozen...

In 2010 the EU said that food items could no longer be priced by the number, and instead had to be priced by the weight (this is still in draft).

Eating horse meat is ok…

Just as long as it’s not your pet horse!

Jam v fruit spread...

Is it a jam? Or a fruit spread? Or maybe a conserve? Thanks to the EU a jam cannot be called jam unless it has at least 60 per cent sugar.

Vacuum cleaners and electrical appliances...

From 1 September 2014, a new EU energy label for vacuum cleaners meant manufacturers were not able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeded 1,600 watts which applied to a lot of high specification vacuums. So that’s why the floor is always dirty…

This list of electrical appliances to have their energy assessed has now increased to kettles, toasters, heated greenhouses, power tools, aquarium lights and filters and even gym equipment (what a good excuse not to exercise!).

To find out more details on any of the above please follow the link 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html