Experts at the EU say that prunes cannot be promoted as a health aid – a final insult to the ‘dried plum’.
They might not be able to save the continent’s economy, but the men of Brussels are finding ways to keep busy. For example, they have decided that since the laxative effect of prunes cannot be proved beyond doubt, they cannot be promoted as an aid to regularity. This has angered Sir Graham Watson, a Liberal Democrat MEP, so much that he has challenged the relevant European Commissioner to a prune-eating contest – hoping, perhaps, that gut feeling will trump scientific dogma.
Far be it for us to contradict the European Food Safety Authority – the same body that recently ruled that water did not prevent dehydration – but prunes deserve a break. They have already suffered the indignity of being rebranded as “dried plums”; refusing to ratify their medicinal benefits is an insult too far. No wonder Sir Graham is in a stew. . .