MEP prune fightThis article was originally published in Foodnews
A BRITISH member of the European Parliament is said to be happy after claiming victory in his ‘prune fight’ with EU bureaucrats. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had refused to recognise prunes as having a demonstrated benefit in keeping bowels regular. As a result, MEP Sir Graham Watson challenged the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy to a prune-eating contest to prove the effects. The Commissioner John Dalli declined, but last week Watson reported that the EFSA has agreed to reconsider the digestive benefits of prunes. Watson has previously campaigned for European certification for Cornish Pasties and Someset Cider Brandy.