Uncovered: Bizarre EU food directives

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Bananas cannot be too bendy - bananas with an extreme or unsightly curvature were to be discarded by growers.

This is true! The directive stated that bananas should be: “free from malformation or abnormal curvature of the fingers.”

The quality standard was voided in 2008 following understandable worries that perfectly good fruit was going to waste.

Water does not hydrate you - it ruled that there was no evidence to suggest that drinking water prevented dehydration.

Worryingly this is also true.

In a bid to help advise food manufacturers on how to advertise products two German professors appealed to the European Commission to make the claim that ‘regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration’ on water bottle labels.

Following a meeting of 21...yes 21, bona fide scientists in Parma, Italy, it was announced that reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could subsequently control.

This peculiar conclusion resulted in an entirely serious directive.

Eggs cannot be sold by the dozen - food items could no longer be priced by the number and instead had to be priced based on weight.

Although slightly less bonkers and based on trying to give consumers the best deal this directive did make it to the draft phase.

Of course it is still possible to buy individual items by number, but the final price for say three apples,will be calculated on the overall weight of the apples not a price per apple. 185g of eggs anyone?