Bananas, the thickness of a transverse section of the fruit between the lateral faces and the middle,perpendicular to the longitudinal axis must be at a minimum of 27mm.they must also be longer than 14cm's. If Any of you have purchased bananas recently,are you legal.
Not all of these EU rules are true and those that do have some semblance to the truth are often exaggerated. A lot of the more bizarre restrictions in size and shaped are demanded by the supermarkets, not the EU.
The rules covering vegetables and salads do mean, though, that with living close to where lots of these items are grown, I can get them at a really low price. I bought 2Kg tomatoes yesterday @ 10p/Kg. Why were they that price? Well most too small to be sold as tomatoes, too big and the wrong breed to be sold as cherry tomatoes and a few were an odd shape. They were a "flavourful" type (not the wet toilet roll ones that are so common nowadays) and well worth the money. I also got a curly cucumber and several lettuces which had a few slug bites at the base. Didn't even spend £1.
I used to be a Buyer, for a small group of Restaurants, at Nine Elms.
The Grade may refer to the Size, Condition, Colour, Shape or possibly a number of other parameters.
As that particular job was over 30 years ago, I cannot remember any of them but I can vividly remember a very heated argument that I had about couple of cases of Pineapples that I had bought. The Boxes had a Grade printed on it and I had checked the central 4 fruit were of that Grade, the outer fruits were considerably smaller and over ripe. They were replaced, with good grace, after we had had a very traditional slanging match.
You mentioned most of these myths are spread by the Tory's, that reminds me of a news piece on the radio the other day when a Tory ex chancellor said that Labour had lost control of the economy, does he think that people have that short memories what about when they spent 18bn in 1 day (black wednesday) trying to prop up the pound in the ERM (that would by 3 new Aircraft Carriers with money to spare and would have something to show for it rather than lining the pockets of their friends with Tax payers money.