The European Parliament’s internal market committee is resisting European Commission plans to abolish mandatory European Union (EU) pre-packaged goods sizes for all products bar spirits, wines, soluble coffee, white sugar and most products sold in aerosols.

The committee has proposed amendments that would retain fixed sizes for drinking milk, butter, ground or unground roasted coffee, dried pasta, rice and brown sugar. Without such rules, said MEPs, “consumers (especially the most disadvantaged ones) risk being misled into buying a cheaper bottle of milk or a cheaper stick of butter without realising that it contains a smaller volume”.

The proposed amendments will be considered by the full parliament.