For years, the British have been complaining about the EU's barmy ban on bent bananas (which are naturally bent, of course) and other fruit and veg that the EU has deemed too wonky.

EUphiles just dismissed all this as typical "EUphobe Britain" and its "EUphobe press inventing silly myths about bent bananas to make the EU look silly."

Of course, the British and their "Europhobe press" were right all along, because any sensible person could discover that this ban on bananas that were "too bent" and other wonky veg is REAL, even though the food was still perfectly okay to eat. The only deluded people were those, mainly on the European Continent, who couldn't see that the EU is capable of making up such silly and pointless rules.

And now those crazy, unelected jobsworth Eurocrats have finally seen the light after deciding to lift the ban.

Now we may see bendier bananas and other "wonky" fruit and veg in our stores once more.

Of course, if we weren't even in the EU we could have sold perfectly good, but mis-shapen, fruit and veg all along.

Wonky fruit back on the menu as strict EU marketing rules are banished

By Daily Mail Reporter
30th June 2009
Daily Mail

The Commission Regulation Number 2257/94 which says that bananas must be “free from abnormal curvature of the fingers” is to be scrapped.

The European Commission achieved the near-impossible today - praise all round for putting wonky fruit and veg back on supermarket shelves.

Producers, politicians and supermarkets were united in support of a decision banishing EU rules regulating the size and shape of 36 types of produce.

For twenty years - at food industry request - the EU has set strict marketing standards ensuring only the finest-looking produce reaches the shops.

But to reduce red tape and bureaucracy - and make cheaper fruit and veg available as household bills rise - Eurocrats have lifted unnecessary restrictions from tomorrow.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel declared: 'We don't need to regulate this sort of thing at EU level. It is far better to leave it to market operators.'

She went on: 'The changes mean that consumers will be able to choose from the widest range of products possible. It makes no sense to throw perfectly good products away, just because they are the 'wrong' size and shape.'

Leading supermarkets welcomed the return of perfectly good but mis-shapen goods, from apricots and carrots to watermelons and courgettes.

Tesco spokesman Adam Fisher said: 'We welcome this move and it's not before time. We look forward to selling curly cucumbers and knobbly carrots while ensuring the quality of our ranges isn't compromised.'

At Sainsbury's, Lucy Maclennan, produce technical manager, said the supermarket had lobbied against the EU fruit and vegetable regulations in November.

'We are delighted to have played a part in winning the wonky veg war against these bonkers EU regulations,' she said.

'We hope that, by being able to sell more wonky fruit and veg, we can help cash-strapped Britons save even more on their weekly shop and help farmers use more of their crop.'

Less-then-perfect vegetables have been banned in the EU for 20 years

And Asda's Lorraine Wheaton commented: 'The relaxation of the laws mean that we can bring in more fruit and vegetables which, in return, means cheaper prices for customers.'

She added: 'Currently fruit and vegetables are classed according to their looks.

Customers are paying through the roof for a class 1 onion when a class 2 onion is just as good, especially if they both end up in your spaghetti Bolognese.'

A spokesman from the National Farmers' Union said nature did not always deliver a perfectly-rounded sprout or poker-straight carrot:
'It is good to hear that people will be given the chance to buy odd-shaped fruit and veg and see they taste just as good.'

Food and Farming Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said the new fruit and veg marketing regime would help shops label their fruit and vegetables correctly and would also 'provide more choice for people who aren't bothered by what shape their five-a-day comes in'.

Tory MEP Neil Parish said it was "immoral" to ditch good food on aesthetic grounds: 'These rules should never have been put in place at all. I congratulate the Commissioner for scrapping them.

'Considering there will be more produce available for sale on our shelves, I trust the supermarkets will be able to bring down their prices.'

He said the Tories looked forward to more 'interfering laws' being scrapped over the coming months.


Bent bananas NOT a Euro-myth after all

By Daniel Hannan
The Telegraph

Hang on: I thought it was all meant to be a scare story. Whenever Euro-enthusiasts found themselves losing an argument, they would say, “You’re making all this up: it’s a tabloid Euro-myth, like bent bananas”.

Too bent? Too straight? All a load of nonsense

“Bent bananas” became a kind of Europhile recognition code. In the mouths (figuratively) of Euro-enthusiasts “bent bananas” were a short-hand for “every untrue allegation ever levelled by sceptics”. Geoffrey Martin, who was for a long time the European Commission’s senior representative in the UK, used to publish newsletters in which he rebutted these supposed fantasies, these false creations proceeding from the heat-oppressed brains of bigoted journalists. His collective name for the phenomenon was “bent banana syndrome”.

Yet it now turns out that, by the EU’s own admission, there were rules specifying the maximum permitted curvature of bananas. Now, Commission Regulation Number 2257/94, which lays down that bananas must be “free from abnormal curvature of the fingers”, is to be scrapped.

How confusing it must all be for British Europhiles, trying to keep up with the party line. Having spent the past two decades denying the existence of these regulations, they are now congratulating the EU for having abolished them. The Young European Federalists, whose website yesterday was still pouring scorn on this absurd “Euro-myth” will doubtless be telling us that its repeal only goes to show how responsive Brussels is to public opinion.

It’s like that eerie scene in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four where, during a rally against Eurasia, it is suddenly announced out that the alliances have shifted, and that Eurasia is now an ally:

“Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot.”

The case against the EU never rested on bent bananas, square strawberries or curvy cucumbers, for Heaven’s sake. It rested - and rests - on democracy. The EU is run by and for officials who are invulnerable to public opinion. It habitually disregards the wishes of its national electorates. It has become a self-serving racket, a handy way to make a living.

Bent bananas were cited less often by sceptics than by ‘philes, who sought by implication to discredit all criticism of their project. The very ludicrousness of the regulation was what made it so very useful, for people were prepared, on this issue, to give Brussels the benefit of the doubt. If souverainistes were prepared to make up stories about bent bananas, ran the reasoning, why listen to their criticisms of, say, the Common Fisheries Policy or the fraudulent EU budget , or the European Constitution .

Here, for example, is the Labour MEP, Richard Corbett :

“From silly stories (such as the EP legislating that all bananas be straight) to more sinister ones (that ratifying the Lisbon Treaty would lead to armed foreign police patrolling British streets), no opportunity, no matter how far-fetched, is missed to portray the EU as an ‘evil Empire’.”

I don’t want to be curmudgeonly. The repeal of any EU regulation is a rare and laudable event. At a time when food prices are high, and may be about to rise higher thanks to the EU’s proposed rules on pesticides, it was scandalous to be discarding edible food on aesthetic grounds. Brussels has, on this occasion, done the right thing.

Still, the episode serves to remind us that even the most implausible-sounding criticisms of the EU often turn out to be true. Did you know that the European Parliament has three permanent seats, and oscillates to and fro like a mediaeval royal court? Or that Brussels is subsidising the building of fishing boats in Spain while decommisioning British trawlers? Or that it is paying for tobacco to be grown in Greece while cracking down on smoking in the EU. Euro-myths? Yeah, right: like those bent bananas.

Last edited by Blackleaf; Jul 1st, 2009 at 01:40 PM..