Washington is filled with idiot regulators. But they still don’t compare to the morons in Brussels.
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 Government appeared to have been caught out by the change, but yesterday Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, signalled Britain would now step in to prevent the rule being enforced.
MEPs last week voted against an amendment to new food labelling regulations that would allow individual states to nominate products that can be sold by number rather than by weight.
Individual countries are currently allowed to specify exemptions but the new rules under discussion make no such provisions.
The changes would cost the food and retail industries millions of pounds as items would have to be individually weighed to ensure the accuracy of the label.
Want a dozen eggs? Oops, here come the European Union’s food police!
Thankfully we’re not there yet. But give this president and Congress a little more time, and we might end up there!
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