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Ugly Fruit and Veggies No Longer Banned in Europe

In Brussels (the Belgian city, not the sprouts), EU officials have decided to lift the ban on crooked, bent, or twisted perfectly-edible fruit and vegetables. For the past 20 years, 100 pages of regulations have required that produce be uniform in appearance, and sold without any odd curves.


But not all fruit is exempt from standards of beauty — appearance regulations for apples, strawberries, citrus fruit, kiwi, lettuce, pears, peaches, nectarines, sweet peppers, table grapes, and tomatoes will still be on the books, although each country can decide whether they want to enforce them.

Produce sellers in a few countries, like Italy and France, worry that after the ban is gone, consumers will purchase less fruit and vegetables because they will be scared away by deformities. Even if you discriminate against ugly, yet edible, food, should the law be able to?

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Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I am so...so very glad they overturned this piece of tripe! :) (or potato. or carrot.)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i can understand sort of why they had this in place to begin with but depending on how you're planning to use the fruits and veggies - does it really matter what it looks like when you buy it? for myself - if i'm making a salad or using veggies in a cooked dish, then who cares if it's not the Perfect 10?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I never got the whole thing over not using fruits/veg. that are bruised or have a spoiled spot. Just cut it off. My old room mate used to toss fruits and veg. all the time and say she can't be bothered with cutting off the bad parts. Just another testament to the amount of food we waste.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
They do taste bad if they're overcooked. Some kind of chemical reaction.
janneth janneth 8 years
Maybe you guys who hate Brussels sprouts are "super tasters".
janneth janneth 8 years
I absolutely love Brussels sprouts.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Truth hurt? :P
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Sarah... Pervert? Who? ME???!!!!!
kranky kranky 8 years
geebers- Doncha mean you'd be the 'Produce Czar'? ;)
geebers geebers 8 years
I love brussel sprouts! don't be hating. I would totally be on the "Equal Rights for all fruits and veggies" committee.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Pervert! :raspberry:
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
:?
amybdk amybdk 8 years
me too, kranky!
bleached bleached 8 years
awwwww... don't hate on the Brussel sprouts... they need love too :)
kranky kranky 8 years
amy- No, it decidely did not. I am a HUGE fan and look forward to tomato season every year.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I haven't read all the comments but this is pretty ridiculous...there are people world wide starving, and living below the poverty level and they are worried about cute food? Ugh!
kranky kranky 8 years
I highly recommend reading 'How to Pick a Peach' if you want to learn more about the produce industry and how to pick out the best stuff from the grocery.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Heirloom tomatoes.. LOVE 'EM (at least the ones I have tried)! More meat, less seed. ... did that sound gross?
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
Calimie! In Ireland everything is traceable no? I was there not so long ago in Connemara and everything was traceable from supermarkets! That is fantastic :) I enjoyed everything. It was so yummy, your lamb, organic salmon and apples.. I was blown away by the country and the food.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I had no idea of this but this explains why the fruit in Northern Ireland was so freakly identical. It looked artificial, I found it repulsive. I'm pretty sure in Spain the law is way more relaxed, even though it might be in place too. I'm glad of the change. Hopefully, "ugly" fruit will be cheaper.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
blue, I've tried them a few times and never really been impressed. Maybe I have a strange palate.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Heirloom tomatoes look pretty strange and ugly but people (other than myself...I hate tomatoes) seem to love them.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
Ugly fruits need love too :(
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
UnDave35 supermarkets push that law! So that the products can look beautiful in a neat package.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Haha, farm subsidies cause overproduction so a law is made to mandate that only some of the produce may be sold to consumers. Sounds pretty backwards.
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