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De Brún welcomes removal of EU marketing standards for misshapen fruit and vegetables

1 July, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the decision to change EU guidelines on 'knobbly' fruit and vegetables and said that it will benefit both farmers and shoppers. July the 1st is the date on which the EU marketing standards for 26 types of produce will be scrapped.

Ms de Brún said:

"Today’s decision to allow for the sale of certain types of misshapen fruit and vegetables in Europe is a victory for commonsense.

"This will mean that local farmers can bring more of their produce to market and it will also hopefully mean that consumers see a drop in price. Nearly 20% of produce was rejected as it didn’t meet the guidelines. This was a ridiculous situation.

"It will also cut down on the present situation of considerable food waste, where farmers produce perfectly good, nutritious food but then cannot get this food onto supermarket shelves because its appearance doesn't meet marketing standards. The situation up until today made no sense whatsoever, particularly in view of economic hardship, and a high level of obesity among our young people." ENDS

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