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New proposal for the regulation of honey, fruit juices and jams

European Union

Dec 13, 2023

The European Parliament has adopted a proposal for the revision of the so-called "breakfast" directives, with 522 votes in favour, 13 against and 65 abstentions. The proposal updates rules on the composition, name, labelling and presentation of certain "breakfast" products, such as honey, fruit juice, jam, jellies and marmalades.

According to the proposal, the country where honey has been harvested will have to appear on the label. For fruit juices, jams, jellies, marmalades and sweetened chestnut purée the country of origin of the fruit used will also have to be indicated on the front-label. If the honey or fruit used originates in more than one country, the countries of origin will have to be indicated on the label in descending order of proportion. A traceability system for the honey supply chain will be also set up to track product origin, and a reference laboratory for honey formed to improve controls and to detect adulteration through systematic testing.

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