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EU laws bring back bendy bananas to cut food waste

Bendy cucumbers and odd shaped bananas are to make a comeback on supermarket shelves thanks to a change in European Union laws.

The European Commissions agriculture council is hoping that shops will stock the less-than-perfect-looking products to cut down on the amount of food going to waste.

Misshapen apples are likely to be sold in supermarkets with some sort of label for cooking.

Under current rules, fruit and vegetables are classified into two grades, with class one goods meeting strict criteria on size, shape and appearance. Although supermarkets can stock cheaper class two produce, many choose not to because they believe their customers will not buy it.

European Commission spokesman for agriculture Michael Mann told MRW: Its a really good proposal to simplify the rules. We used to be ridiculed over the bent cucumber in the past. But these new rules will get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy and more importantly will cut down on food waste in this era of high food prices.

A British Retail Consortium spokesman added:
This is not significant for UK food retailers who are very focussed on minimising food waste. Supermarkets are already using a range of innovative ways to promote and sell class two fruit and vegetables. In the current economic climate, value lines are proving very popular.



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