Breakfast bananas – how do they measure up?
As one so naturally does on Christmas Eve, I found myself this morning contemplating the three bananas destined for breakfast. The rather scrawny and unnatural one in the middle started me wondering what ever happened to the famous “bendy banana” law.
A lot of press, including the Telegraph, claimed that the ruling was scrapped around 2009. Not so.
A quick search of EUR-Lex gave me the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1333/2011 of 19 December 2011 laying down marketing standards for bananas, rules on the verification of compliance with those marketing standards and requirements for notifications in the banana sector.
Annex I of this rather impressive document tells us that in all classes, subject to the special provisions for each class and the tolerances allowed, the bananas must be (among many other things) “free from malformation or abnormal curvature of the fingers”.
Sounds like a ban on bendy (or excessively straight) to me, and I think that makes the middle banana a fail in France. Should never have left the grower. Luckily these bananas are in Australia, and they tasted just fine.