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|'Ludicrous' EU officials ready to ban yogurt
Officials at the European Commission are preparing to ban yogurt from Britain because it does not conform to their definition of a standardised Euro-pudding.
Under proposed legislation that could become law next year, all yogurt sold in Britain would have to be labelled as "fermented milk".
Most would have to be clearly labelled "mild alternate-culture heat-treated fermented milk". Others could omit the words "heat-treated", provided they contained live bacteria.
Brussels bureaucrats would allow "yogurt" to be stamped only on desserts made with a traditional type of bitter-tasting live bacteria described in historic Bulgarian recipes.
The Dairy Industries Association Limited, which presides over a British yogurt market worth £730 million a year, called the planned legislation "totally ludicrous".
"British consumers prefer milder-tasting yogurt," said Dr Ed Komorowski, the Association's technical director. "The European Commission is trying to produce standardised European yogurt like they once tried to produce a standardised Euro-sausage."
Dairy organisations throughout Europe have lobbied against the draft legislation, but it has survived four revisions in the Commission's agriculture division and could become law by early next year.