Wonky fruit and veg ban lifted

Crooked cucumbers and knobbly potatoes are to return to shop shelves following an EU decision to scrap its 20-year ban on misshapen fruit and vegetables.

Under the new rules, which became effective on 1 July, 26 types of fruit and vegetables will no longer have specific marketing standards relating to classification, size, shape, development, variety and labelling details. Produce such as cabbage, onions, cherries, avocados and zucchini can now be sold without restriction. As a result, retailers say they will be able to reduce the price of such produce by up to 40 per cent.

However, specific marketing standards will apply to the 10 most popular fruit and vegetables, including apples, citrus fruit and tomatoes. These will have to be labelled as non-standard.

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