Bulb ban baloney

Published:  01 September, 2009

BIRMINGHAM: Retailers have been reacting with alarm at press reports that the sale of opaque incandescent bulbs is to be banned as of next week.

"This is clearly wrong." said Mick Weedon, communications director of retail trade association BHF Group, "Manufacture in, or importing these bulbs into the EU will end next week, but bulbs already in the supply chain can be sold quite legitimately by retailers that want to sell them, to customers that want to buy them."

Concern has also been expressed by suppliers, worried that stories about an imminent sales ban might lead shops simply to stop selling. Wholesalers including Stax and Jegs have confirmed that they have ample stocks of the bulbs.

Even greater concern has been provoked by suggestions, attributed to DEFRA, that consumers are to be encouraged to 'shop' shops that flout the import ban by importing on the sly. "This irresponsible suggestion ignores the fact that retailers, especially independents, don't import lightbulbs themselves and that the government controls what can can cannot be imported into this country," concluded Mr Wheedon.

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