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Controversy Over Home-Baked Buns

Published tisdag 29 augusti 2006 kl 11.41

The newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” reports a controversy has broken out over whether home-baked buns and pastries can be legally sold at after-church coffee or by children raising money for school trips.

This follows a health inspector in the town of Mjölby banning a Christian bookstore from selling home-baked cakes. The decision is based on new food legislation here which imposes tightened hygienic requirements, even on home-baked food.

Critics say the authorities have once again gone too far in their interpretation of European Union rules. A center party member of the European Parliament says if the British authorities tried to impose such rules on bed and breakfasts, there would be a huge outcry and she has called for massive civil disobedience. Sweden’s European Commissioner Margot Wallström has entered the debate on the side of the critics, commenting in a press release the EU rules in question do not cover small amounts of baked pastries served on a temporary basis.

Minister of Agriculture Ann-Christin Nykvist agrees, and has instructed the National Feed Administration to draw up new guidelines to rein in over-zealous inspectors.

Ironically, Mjölby, where the controversy broke out, is Swedish for “flour-village”.

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