Until yesterday, all bread that went on sale – from a sliced white loaf, to a baguette, ciabatta or bloomer – had to weigh 400g or multiples thereof, unless it was a small bun or "morning pastry", as the legislation phrases it.
This is why sliced bread always comes in the standard 800g or the half-sized 400g loaves and it is a regulation that is strictly upheld by Trading Standards officers, who frequently visit bakeries to make spot checks.
However, a European directive issued earlier this year has, in effect, abolished more than 800 years of British history and allowed bakers to bake loaves of any size, bringing in some of the laissez-faire of the boulangerie – where bakers can create bread of any shape or size – across the Channel.
- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews ... years.html
Baking and selling bread which weighs other than 400g or multiples thereof?
Why did nobody tell me what sort of barbaians we have been consorting with?
The tales of an overbearing European bureaucracy strangling the inventiveness and guile of the British are true afterall, I feel such a fool.
I hope the first thing we do when we leave is to throw off the yoke of European restrictions and proudly reinstate our freedom to only bake loaves which weigh 400g or 800g, and quite frankly I'm no longer so certain about the 400g loaf.