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EU rule is crackers, says BRC

Published: 8 December 2010
Retailers are being forced to demand ID from customers wanting to buy Christmas crackers due to new EU legislation adapted in summer.
EU rule is crackers, says BRC
Under the new regulations of August 2010, crackers have been specifically named as a category 1 firework, meaning they now have an age restriction of 16. Trading standards officers will be monitoring how retailers enforce the law, with stores facing financial penalties.

Individual cashiers could also see fines of up to £5,000 and six months in prison for selling crackers to underage customers.

The British Retail Consortium's director of public affairs Jane Bevis said: "The Government has promised to ease up on regulations on businesses but this one seems to have slipped though the net... It's vital there is a sensible attitude to enforcement until the Government can reverse this ludicrous restriction."

She added: "Busy shoppers with a lot on their minds will be understandably frustrated if they are asked to provide ID to buy a box of Christmas crackers. It's the health and safety rules which have gone crackers and not retailers themselves."

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By Edward Huxley
Difficult to find words about this latest stupid EU directive without using bad language.

Blank Blank Crackers!
Published prior to March 2014
By Neil Gow
Does this mean that the other regulations about display and storage of fireworks also apply to crackers?
Do we now need a licence to sell crackers?
Baa humbug to the bureaucrats of dream up these things and allow them to become law they need to remember who pays tax to pay their wages!
Published prior to March 2014
By Fred Parker
Why didn't BRC do somehting about this 5 monmths ago when the ruling was made not wait till now and then complain. I know it's nuts but retailers are going to be vulnerable to this nonsense if BRC did not tell em in time

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