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Eu To Ban Selling Eggs By The Dozen: Shopkeepers' Fury As They Are Told All Food Must Be Weighed And Sold By The Kilo

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1289882/EU-ban-selling-eggs-dozen-Shopkeepers-fury-told-food-weighed-sold-kilo.html

British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament.

For the first time, eggs and ­other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet.

Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members.

The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight in grams of the eggs inside, for example 372g.

Or that a bag of white rolls has 322g inside instead of half a dozen. The rules will not allow both the weight and the quantity to be displayed.

Last night, Britain’s Food Standards Agency said it was opposed to the move, putting the UK on a potential collision course with Brussels.

It could be the first test of David Cameron’s pre-Election promise to stand up for Britain’s interests in the EU.

Eggs have traditionally been sold by the dozen or half-dozen, because the old imperial measurements such as inches or pennies were calculated in groups of 12.

Early in the 20th Century, eggs were sold from trays on shop counters and carried home in paper bags. But between the two world wars, it was discovered that eggs kept longer if they were left standing on their ends, so the cartons of 12 and six were developed.

Last night, an FSA spokeswoman said: ‘This proposal would disallow selling by numbers. Retailers would not be allowed to put “Six eggs” on the front of the box. If it was a bag of rolls, it would say “500g” instead of six rolls.

‘It is important that information is provided in a way that is meaningful and beneficial to consumers. This issue is still being considered by EU member states and it will be some time before the regulation is finalised.’

The move could cost retailers millions of pounds because of changes they will have to make to packaging and labelling, as well as the extra burden of weighing each box of food before it is put on sale.

The cost is likely to be passed on to shoppers through higher grocery bills.

Experts say it will be next year before the EU is able to pass the controversial measure, which bureaucrats say is designed to help consumers make an informed choice when buying their food because it will require suppliers to provide more comprehensive information.

I know this is the Wail so just perhaps this isn't what is intended in this law, but this is clearly moronic.

As a consumer I'm not confused about buying 6 fooking eggs, I don't need to know about the weight of eggs or bread rolls. If fact I simply don't fooking care, I want number quantity rather than weight.

So now I'm going to have to count the number of rolls in a fooking pack just because some retarded unelected bureaucrat has decided weight is more important.

>rant mode over<

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They do have a point though as eggs no matter how they are graded are getting smaller and smaller.

And policemen are getting younger... ;)

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Ignoring the obligatory daily mail bashing for a moment, is the story true or not ? Looks to me like it might be - other sources for reference :-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/7857087/EU-to-ban-selling-eggs-by-dozen.html

http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=210390

http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=210386 (Comment article)

I've never understood why people ignore stories automatically just because its in the Daily Mail - I'm aware of the DM's reputation but surely people's critical thought processes should be on alert regardless of the input source. I regard the DM as no better or worse than any other paper for propoganda and manipulation - at least they're upfront, and certainly less insidious than those class traitors over at the Guardian.

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I don't know, what is the difference between an egg and a w!nk?

The same as the difference between a wife and w@nk

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Why not just put the weight and the number on the box?

That way you see how many there are, and can see if you're being diddled by six tiny eggs?

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I don't know, what is the difference between an egg and a w!nk?

The same difference the England football team sees between an egg and the USA, Algeria & possibly Germany?

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You can beat an egg but you can't beat a ....

Blimey, I remember this joke from my schooldays... a long time ago.

Ahh the good old days

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You can beat an egg but you can't beat a ....

Blimey, I remember this joke from my schooldays... a long time ago.

Ah yes, I had genuinely forgotten that classic, thanks.

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They do have a point though as eggs no matter how they are graded are getting smaller and smaller.

When did you last make up a recipe that called for 185g of egg? Recipes work in numbers of eggs, maybe refined with small, med or lg. Why are they spending money even debating this issue - I vote we make an immediate multi-billion cut of EU bureaucrats... they are utterly pointless, self-perpetuating buffoons. :angry: And they can feck off our eggs.

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When did you last make up a recipe that called for 185g of egg? Recipes work in numbers of eggs, maybe refined with small, med or lg. Why are they spending money even debating this issue - I vote we make an immediate multi-billion cut of EU bureaucrats... they are utterly pointless, self-perpetuating buffoons. :angry: And they can feck off our eggs.

I think all cookery books asking for a number of eggs should be classed as illegal and offensive material and should be outlawed.

Mrs Beeton has a lot to answer for.

We must comply, it is our duty.

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if a recipe were to call for one 60 gram egg and you only have one 50 gram egg would you need to put the remaining 10 grams in the fridge and if so what percentage of that 10 grams should be white and what percentage should be yolk? :lol:

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