EU scraps olive oil ban after industry outrage

By Luke Nicholls

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Olive oil, Greece

The European Union wanted to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables
The European Union wanted to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables
The EU has withdrawn its plans to ban restaurants from serving olive oil in refillable jugs and dipping bowls, less than a week after they emerged.

The controversial policy would have seen the traditional use of classic, refillable glass jugs or dipping bowls completely outlawed, ending the choice of a restaurateur to buy olive oil from small producers.

It later emerged that this would only cover ‘100 per cent olive oil’​- But it was nonetheless quickly condemned by restaurateurs across the UK as more unnecessary interference by the EU.

As a result of the widespread criticism, the EU’s Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos admitted that the ruling had failed to muster a required vote in favour by a committee of other agricultural experts.

"Since Friday, I have seen and heard strong views expressed by consumers,” Ciolos told reporters. "As a consequence, I am withdrawing the proposition."

The Romanian Commissioner did stick to his guns about the policy though, claiming ‘We want to avoid consumers being tricked’ and vowing to ‘find a better way’.

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1 comment

At last a sensible decision from the EU

Posted by Richard Bradford,

Everyone condemned this and surprisingly they were listened to, something that is rare in the case of the EU.

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