Nutty ... spicy snack 'could cause offence'
By TONY BONNICI
NUTTY EU officials want to rename Bombay mix MUMBAI mix to make the snack politically correct.
They say the Indian city of Bombay has been called Mumbai since 1995 so the old name could offend because it dates back to colonial rule.
A source said: The EU is considering revising the labelling of Bombay mix because Mumbai has been in the news a lot recently and people in Europe now realise that Mumbai is the new name for Bombay.
Fans of the spicy treat made of dried Indian noodles, chickpeas, lentils and peanuts gave the plan a roasting last night.
Newsagent Khalid Ahmed, from Canterbury, Kent, said: This is crazy. Everybody knows it as Bombay mix. It would be such a waste of time and money when everyone knows what Bombay mix is and nobody is offended by the name.
The snack is a huge seller in Britain and accounts for three per cent of the UKs £540million-a-year snack market.
Shadow Europe Minister Graham Brady also condemned the move.
He said: It is exactly the kind of ludicrous regulation that gives Brussels such a bad name and gets in the way of successful business.
EU officials have even tried to ban the sale of BENT bananas and cucumbers in the past.
They are expected to rule on Bombay mix by the end of the year.
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Persian rug becomes Iranian rug
Siamese twins Thai twins
Bombay potatoes Mumbai potatoes
Chicken Madras Chicken Chennai
Peking duck Beijing duck
Lancashire hotpot Greater Manchester hotpot (the county of Greater Manchester was once a part of Lancashire
Ceylon tea Sri Lanka tea
Black Hole of Calcutta Hole of Kolkata