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Under draft legislation, the EU may classify lavender as a dangerous plant which would have serious consequences in France. France has 1,500 producers of the plant and employs 30,000 full-time jobs thus sparking calls from Frexit leaders to retake control from the bloc. Commenting on the Express.co.uk story, Britons claimed France deserves better and must leave the EU.
One person said: “The one thing the EU is good at – alienating everybody.”
A second said: “France gets what it deserves.
“Beautiful country shame about its leadership of arrogance.”
A third said: “Just when you thought the EU could not become even more nit-picking, petty-minded and bureaucratic than it already is, it comes up with a ludicrous suggestion like this!”
EU news: Britons mocked the potential ban (Image: GETTY)
The EU has began contemplating the ban since 2016 (Image: GETTY)
A fourth said: “Lavender banned but smoking still allowed!
“Looks like other nations are waking up to the toxic threat of the EU’s quango staff.”
For distilleries in France, lavender is widely used from use in creams to even cheese production.
In some regions such as Provence, lavender is used for perfumes, cosmetics, and aromatherapy.
EU news: Lavender is widely used in France (Image: GETTY)
Some believe lavender oil’s potential to produce allergies places it firmly within regulations on chemical toxins.
Some regulators want any product made with lavender to bear a label including bold black and red warnings.
Sharing the news, a Twitter user wrote: “How much longer are we going to allow European officials to project entire sectors of our ancient commerce into bankruptcy on the pretext that they have thought up a ‘standard’?”
Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois said: “Lavender essential oils or our cheeses, the EU wants to control and sanitise everything.
EU news: Some believe the plant should be designated as toxic (Image: GETTY)
EU news: Charles-Henri Gallois is a prominent Frexit campaigner (Image: Charles-Henri Gallois)
“It is time to take back control and decide for ourselves our future, our standards, our laws and our model of society.”
Alain Aubanel, president of the union of perfume, aromatic and medicinal plants of France, suggested the proposals from Brussels and MEPs could well wipe lavender producers off the market.
He said: “It’s a whole region, all sectors which will be affected and which will disappear.
“What is being prepared in Brussels is a regulation called the strategy of sustainable chemistry, intended to quantify and qualify all chemical molecules.
“In lavender, there are more than 600 molecules.
“So every time a molecule is in Brussels’ collimator, the plant will automatically be scanned.
“All essential oils and natural products are concerned.”
Eu news: Many have critcised the potential ban (Image: GETTY)
Even the European Commission acknowledges that any substance whose contents depend on the amount of sun it receives and the kind of soil it springs from is difficult to classify as a chemical product.
EU authorities met with lavender producers in 2016 to work on ways to help producers to conform to the law.