EU given dressing down over ban on restaurant olive oil jugs

THE EU was ridiculed yesterday for introducing a ban on olive oil jugs that will require restaurants to serve it in non-reusable packaging.

From the start of next year, eating establishments will be prevented from serving the oil in dipping bowls or refillable jugs after the law was passed by 15 of the EU’s 27 member states. But the new restrictions, which were justified as a hygiene initiative and a boost to olive oil producers in crisis-hit southern Europe, were instantly seized on by Eurosceptics as the latest in a long line of unnecessary bureaucratic measures imposed at a time when politicians should be focusing on more pressing issues.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “Quietly acquiescing to this olive oil ban is utter lunacy itself,” while Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, told the BBC that the ban is “pretty silly”, but said that UK departments also introduce trivial laws.

The vote over the matter saw Germany oppose, while the UK abstained and Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece voted in favour.