April 27, 2004

EU and Tomatoes

Tim Worstall has a post about grape tomatoes and the EU. Turns out, they're illegal. Not because of any sort of bio-engineering or genetic modification. No, simply because the EU did not list them in its regulations for what constitutes a legal tomato.

In fact, they are illegal for two reasons. First because they are not listed by name and, second, because they are too small to be called a tomator (only cherry tomatoes are exempt from the size requirements).

Oh the joys of regulation. (HT: Virginia Postrel)

Posted by richard at April 27, 2004 05:53 PM