bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Friday, January 14, 2005

You think you've got weird bureaucracy?

What can only be sold in quantities of 2 ounces or less, 57g, 113g, 227g, 340g, 454g, 680g or a multiple of 454g? Honey. And where? The UK.

But the real question is WHY?

Well, it seems that it's supposed to be easier for consumers. I'll let you think about that one for a moment.

Apparently, consumers can only easily compare prices if they are the same weight, so the UK has decreed that honeys and jams shall be sold in these weird weights -- which have historical significance because they equate to the older, now abandoned, imperial units ie pounds and ounces.

But of course there are exceptions -- importers can sell in quantities of 250g, 500g etc because otherwise it would be seen as a restraint of trade.

Ah, glad that one has been cleared up -- thanks to a local trading standards officer.


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