Bizarre sprinkles ban is ‘fantastic advert for Brexit’ as Epstein mocks ‘draconian’ EU

Jeremy Vine: Sprinkles ban ‘advert for Brexit’ says expert

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Angela Epstein has slammed the European Union for some of the stringent regulations Brexit Britain inherited from the bloc. The slamming came after a baker in Leeds was forced by Trading Standards to stop decorating cakes with sprinkles imported from the US. Under European law, the food colouring used for red sprinkles is not legally usable for consumption. Due to some EU legislation being shifted into UK law following Brexit, the ban remains in place across Britain as well.

Speaking to Jeremy Vine on Five, journalist Angela Epstein said: “Sprinkle sugar, how can you taste so good 

“You can imagine somebody in the EU sitting there with that kind of you know their little nightcap on, making up these draconian rules about sprinkles.

“It’s a fantastic advert for Brexit, isn’t it? 

“Because it just shows the kind of the petty administrative stuff that went on, in the laws that we are governed by.”


Host Jeremy Vine said: “But we still seem to be following some EU rule.”

Ms Epstein said: “This is the problem.  It’s a muddle, really.”

An independent bakery in Leeds was forced to stop using its popular American sprinkles on all of its bakery goods following a single complaint to trading standards officials.

Due to a law inherited from the EU after Brexit bans the additives used, the bakery was told to stop selling products that used the imported US toppings.

One customer is said to have criticised the sprinkles on their cookie and then went to West Yorkshire Trading Standards to complain that the product contained E127.

The additive is linked to hyperactivity in children.

The EU rules which have been translated into UK law after Brexit banned the additive that contains coal tar dye.

This is often used in the US as in cake decorating and sprinkles.

The bakery said: “It is highly unlikely that we will find any legal sprinkles that we will use as a replacement.

“British sprinkles just aren’t the same, they’re totally s*** and I hate them. I am extremely passionate about sprinkles.

“One option is to glaze them as normal, but just not use sprinkles. It makes me sick just thinking about it.

“To whoever reported us to Trading Standards, (Dan?) all I have to say is, dear lord, what a sad little life Jane.”

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