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’.