Apparently, the European Union didn’t have enough on its, ahem, plate, so it decided to further regulate what you can pour on yours. As anyone who has ever been to a restaurant surely knows, restaurants very often provide complimentary bread and olive oil to dip it in. More often than not, the oil is poured from a bottle onto a little dish; sometimes the bottle is refillable, sometimes not. The EU, in its infinite wisdom, decreed that olive oil may only be poured from pre-sealed, non-refillable bottles that had to be thrown out once they were empty. The Brussels bureaucrats aimed to protect customers against the scourge of mislabeled olive oil or bottles that didn’t provide sufficient place-of-origin and nutritional information.
Europeans were rightly outraged. David Cameron pouted, “This is exactly the sort of thing that Europe shouldn’t even be discussing.” Not exactly John Galt, but we’ll take it.
Thanfully, the EU has now rescinded the proposal, and Europeans are once again free to consume all the watered-down olive oil their stomachs can stand.