Filed under: Civil Liberties, Economy, European Union, Laws & Regulations, News, Police State | Tags: EU, European Commission, Rural Payments Agency, Tim Down
A typical example of the ridiculous autocracy that is the European Union. Keep in mind the EU presently has over 110,000 rules and regulations on its books, ready to impose on Britain when with the successful ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Stalin would be proud.
Source: Daily Mail
A market trader has been banned from selling a batch of kiwi fruits because they are 1mm smaller than EU rules allow.
Inspectors told 53-year- old Tim Down he is forbidden even to give away the fruits, which are perfectly healthy.
The father of three will now have to bin the 5,000 kiwis, costing him £1,000 in lost sales.
Speaking yesterday from the stall in Bristol he has owned for 20 years, Mr Down said: ‘It’s total nonsense. I work hard enough to make a living without all these bureaucrats telling us what we can and can’t sell.
‘They’re saying I’m a criminal for selling this fruit, but the real crime is that all this fruit will go to waste – all because it’s 1mm too small.
‘It’s a terrible waste, particularly when we’re all feeling the pinch from rising food prices and I’ve got to throw away this perfectly good fruit.’
The case comes only two weeks after the European Commission said it wants to relax rules on misshapen fruit and vegetables.
It could eventually mean an end to notorious bans on straight bananas, curved cucumbers and skinny carrots.
But that will bring little comfort to Mr Down in the meantime.
He took over Percy J Down wholesalers in 1988, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Last week, he ordered 75 boxes of Chilean kiwis from an importer in Kent, paying £525 for the batch of 12,000 fruits.
The kiwis were on sale for 20p each from his 15,000sq ft stall at the Wholesale Fruit Centre in Bristol. Mr Down sold 44 of the boxes and was expecting to make a profit from the remaining 5,000 fruits.
But that was before he received a visit by inspectors from the Rural Payments Agency – part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The inspectors conducted a random check to see if Mr Down’s produce met strict European laws.
On top of this endless self-serving bureaucracy, comes the additional waste of thousands of tons of food which the EU decides is not the right shape/ colour/ size etc. Similar to the EU forcing British fishermen to throw hundreds of tons of caught fish back into the sea because of EU-imposed quotas. But with the ever increasing list of rules, it enables more and more to ride on the Brussels gravy train. At your expense, as always.
So when the public wonders ‘what the EU has to do with them’ they can, for an example, consider the endless stream of rules and regulations that their masters in Brussels have created to control every aspect of their lives.
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