COMMISSION REFUSES TO DROP LIBERALISATION OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLE STANDARDS

BY KEITH NUTHALL THE EUROPEAN Commission is fighting southern European governments over plans to scrap restrictive fruit and vegetable marketing standards. A spokesman said Brussels was "determined this should go ahead." These rules limit the curviness of cucumbers or courgettes, and the maximum size of other fruit and vegetables. The Commission wants standards scrapped for all but 10 high-selling fruits (for instance apples, strawberries, kiwifruit, and tomatoes). However, for many others, including cucumbers, asparagus, beans, cherries and 19 more ...


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