EU to ban selling eggs by dozen

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by PacsMan, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Salt Lake Valley

    to ban selling eggs by dozen
    Shoppers will be banned from buying bread rolls or eggs priced by the dozen under new food labelling regulations proposed by the European parliament.

    By Alastair Jamieson
    Published: 8:36AM BST 27 Jun 2010
    Shoppers will be banned from buying bread rolls or eggs by the dozen under new regulations proposed by the European parliament.
    Eggs are among many foods commonly sold by number, not weight Photo: REUTERS

    Under the draft legislation, to come into force as early as next year, the sale of groceries using the simple measurement of numbers will be replaced by an EU-wide system based on weight.

    It would mean an end to packaging descriptions such as eggs by the dozen, four-packs of apples, six bread rolls or boxes of 12 fish fingers.

    The legislation could even see special unit-based promotional packs offering 'eight chocolate bars for the price of six' banned, according to a report in trade magazine, The Grocer.

    It comes after MEPs last week voted against an amendment to the regulations that would allow individual states to nominate products that could be sold by number.

    Individual countries are currently allowed to specify exemptions, but the proposed Food Labelling Regulations make no such provisions.

    The changes would cost the food and retail industries millons of pounds as items would have to be individually weighed to ensure the accuracy of the label.

    The Grocer said food industry sources had described the move as "bonkers" and "absolute madness". Its editor, Adam Leyland, said the EU had "created a multi-headed monster".

    The Food Standards Agency indicated it opposed the change and that the regulation had yet to be finalised.

    However, Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, said: "The problem is now the exemption has been omitted from the legislation, it will be very difficult to get it put back in."

    Andrew Opie, food director of the British Retail Consortium, which represents 90 per cent of UK shops, said: "This is a bad proposal – we need to help consumers, not confuse them."
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I don't understand the reason behind the law [​IMG]

    Do they want to start charging by egg or slice of bread? Sounds like those law makers don't have enough to do. Good grief.
  3. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    FINALLY we'll be able to buy ONE pack of dogs and ONE pack of buns.

    Okay, well that's it for positives I can think of.

    I guess they want standardized everything... amazing that they can spend this much time arguing over this (lucky for all those farmers who just bought a gross of dozen cartons huh?) but there are people without food, shelter, jobs... I just don't get this nitpicky time-killing when there really are more important things on the table.

    Like arguing over how many ounces of butter each person gets while the dog walks off with the roast. [​IMG]
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:looks like they will be selling by the kilo or ml instead of 12 for the price of 8 it will be 2L for the price of 1L if they are going to be selling by weight It may depend on how much the buns and dogs weigh LOL as to how many you get
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    That must be some bored legislators..... [​IMG]
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Is this one of those weird things like metric time and metric calendars?

    So one dozen smallish eggs would be say 1 euro, one dozen slightly larger eggs would be like 1.2 euros? How is ANYTHING going to be standard?
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I believe eggs are sold by weight now.

    Small -18oz/dozen
    Med -21oz/dozen
    Large -24oz/dozen
    Xlge -27oz/dozen
    Jumbo -30oz/dozen

  8. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Quote:Ditto. There's your tax dollars hard at work, folks!
  9. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    so i'm very confused.

    they want it to make it so everythign is sold on weight instead of quanity.

    so lets say 1 pound of eggs is 12 eggs
    while another carton has 11 eggs but it still equils 1 pound.

    is that what they are trying to do?

    or is it more of along how they sell eggs in the us where there sold by the size and weight.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010
  10. gruntle

    gruntle New Egg

    May 24, 2010
    they're not banning the selling of eggs by the dozen. just that the packages must be labelled by weight, too, just like other products. this is almost as funny as the daily mail rants about bendy bannanas being banned [​IMG]

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