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de Brún welcomes EU flexibility on ‘knobbly’ fruit and veg

12 November, 2008 - 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.

Ms de Brún said:

"The decision to allow a greater flexibility on what fruit and vegetables can be sold 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.

"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 present situation makes no sense whatsoever, particularly in view of economic hardship, and a high level of obesity among our young people." ENDS

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