Britain will scrap an EU regulation on bendy bananas, the Environment Secretary has announced.
Therese Coffey said at the Tory Party conference that “bent or straight”, it is not for Government to decide “the shape of bananas you want to eat”.
The rules from Brussels set out standards for bananas across the EU, stating that they must be “free from malformation or abnormal curvature”.
Whilst it does not ban the sale of misshapen bananas, it does impact the price they can sell for.
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In her keynote speech yesterday (October 2), Coffey said: “We are going further to help farmers and rural businesses by making the most of our Brexit freedoms, freedom from European rules, freedom to choose what works best for Britain.
“We’ve already legislated to allow gene editing so that we can design crops that are fit for the future.
“My officials are cutting red tape and introducing smarter regulation. Frankly, bent or straight, it’s not for the Government to decide the shape of bananas you want to eat.
“I just need to assure you that they are safe to eat. So, we will be dropping absurd regulations including the one on bendy bananas,” she said at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.