Jar safety rules? Surely it's a joke
When I read that a European Union rule stops the selling or donating of preserves in re-used jars as the practice breaches European health and safety regulations, I thought it was a wind-up.
Are bureaucrats really paid to dream up such absurd rules?
Everyone I know who raises funds by making preserves and re-uses glass jars is scrupulously hygienic.
If the bureaucrats are really concerned with health and safety there are plenty more serious concerns which have been recently reported.
For instance, a colouring in a popular fizzy drink has been linked to cancer. Chemicals in plastic bottles and food packaging have been linked to infertility and birth defects.
Serious questions have been raised about the safety of GM foods and the superweeds being created by GM farming.
The World Cancer Research Fund carried out a global study on the dangers of processed meats and believes that some preservatives used in them are to blame for an increased risk of bowel and stomach cancer.
Tests have shown that some pesticide chemicals linked to cancer are not removed from fruit and vegetables by washing but remain within their flesh.
There are many more examples of toxic food but I expect the EU bureaucrats are reluctant to take on multinational food and chemical companies. It is far easier to target ordinary folk trying to raise funds for good causes.
Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone.
The EU's pivotal role in delivering the longest period of peace in the history of this troubled continent has received the ultimate accolade of the Nobel Peace prize.
We should all be proud of this award, which goes to every citizen of the EU. The £9 billion annual cost of the UK's continued membership is a fraction of the cost of a nuclear bomb, and it has achieved far more.
We must never turn back to isolation and nationalism.
Eric Goodyer, Colsterworth.