The decision stems from Brexit: at that time, due to European rules, the country had to officially adopt the metric system, and from now on the goods were presented not only in pounds, but also in kilograms. However, according to the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, plans to review “mainstream EU rules” could bring back “common sense”.
“We think of fruit and vegetables in pounds, but the legacy of EU rules dictate that we legally sell them by the kilograms,” Business Secretary Paul Scully said. “The survey will help stores serve their customers the way their customers want.”
The government is now starting a 12-week survey to see how they can amend existing rules. This should give traders more freedom in how they set a price for their fresh produce. British media points out that the timing is no accident: the announcement coincides with the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the British throne and the popular celebration that accompanies it.
There had already been criticism from the Lord Rose of Munyoden, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, but above all head of supermarket chain Asda. He called a return to old volumes “complete nonsense,” and pointed to store costs. According to him, the procedure would satisfy only “a small minority yearning for the past”.