Members of the European Parliament have back-pedalled over plans to ban retailers from selling products by number instead of weight.

Legislators last week gave the go-ahead to proposals that would have forced retailers from labelling products such as eggs and fish fingers solely according to weight.

But German MEP Renate Sommer, who is overseeing the proposed legislation, yesterday said the European Parliament was now likely to allow the labelling of products by both number and weight.

“Labels will still be able to indicate the number of food items in a pack, whether of eggs, bread rolls or fish fingers,” she said.

The news will be welcomed as a victory for common sense after industry figures expressed alarm at the original proposals.

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