Chip shop owners are being encouraged to produce thicker versions because they contain fewer calories and less fat.'Encouraged' now. Forced later?
The traditional British chip is already thicker - and therefore healthier - than the French fries served by big fast-food chains.Which lead to this extraordinary 'No, not us, target them too!' demand:
Douglas Roxburgh, president of the National Federation of Fish Fryers, described the move as 'totally unfair'.No, no, no, no! It should be no bloody business of the government and their useless quango what size, thickness or even flavour the nation's chips are!
'They should be concentrating on fast food outlets who make the thin French fries, not the traditional independent chip shop,' he said.
'We will be opposing this as much as we can until they make it a level playing field and start asking McDonald's, KFC and Burger King to change their chip sizes too.'Don't think you can appease this ravening beast, Douglas, by throwing your competitors off the sledge. When you run out of competitors, it'll happily gobble you up too.
The next step after government-mandated chips will be smaller portions of government-mandated chips. The next step after that will be no chips...
And it should come as no surprise that this is the latest scheme to come from the FSA:
The FSA scheme will cover Cambridgeshire, Greater Manchester and Northern Ireland by the end of this month. Officials will visit 80 chip shops to examine how much fat is in their chips and offer advice.There's a nice little earner for some..