It’s one of the best known scare stories – that the EU legislates on the amount of curvature of cucumbers. Only JosÃ© Manuel Barroso has hit back – the Commission wants to do away with the standards, but the Member States are resisting:
“You all heard the story of straight cucumbers […] For ages Europe has been ridiculed over the marketing standards for cucumbers […] Well, my Commission has proposed to get rid of it, together with 35 other marketing standards for fruit and vegetables. But guess what: when we sounded out the member states, a clear majority was against.”
See the story from Reuters, via European Union Law Blog and DJ Nozem. So the next time some smug tabloid journalist has a whine about straight cucumbers you can tell them where to stick it.