TSO Jade has given me information and guidance for jam makers - see below. Please remember that the labelling laws will change in December 2014 in respect of allergens etc but this is the current information. She has also sent some guidance on the use of such words as 'natural' and 'fresh'. I have put it here so you can see it but if you want to download to save or print off then use the link below the document in this blog. Hope you find it useful.
Please find below a list of allergens supplied by Trading Standards on their recent visit.
Obviously many of these allergens don't apply to jam making but I will publish the full list as supplied to me.
New rules will be taking affect from December 2014 to revise the labeling laws in respect of declaration of allergens.
Further labeling information will follow as soon as we receive it.
A public consultation is being held on technical guidance regarding the new EU food allergen labelling and information rules. The main purpose of the guidance is to support food businesses that are small and medium sized enterprises in understanding these rules.
The consultation seeks views from interested parties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on how useful they find the guidance.
The consultation has two phases:
The current allergen list is:
1. Cereals containing gluten (i.e. wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut or their hybridised strains), except:
(a) wheat-based glucose syrups including dextrose
(b) wheat-based maltodextrins
(c) glucose syrups based on barley
(d) cereals used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages.
4. Fish, except:
(a) fish gelatine used as a carrier for vitamin or carotenoid preparations
(b) fish gelatine or isinglass used as a fining agent in beer and wine.
6. Soybeans, except:
(a) fully refined soybean oil and fat
(b) natural mixed tocopherols (E306), natural D-alpha tocopherol, natural D-alpha tocopherol acetate, natural D-alpha tocopherol succinate from soybean sources
(c) vegetable oils derived from phytosterols and phytosterol esters from soybean sources
(d) plant stanol ester produced from vegetable oil sterols from soybean sources.
7. Milk* (including lactose), except:
(a) whey used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages
8. Nuts, i.e. almonds (Amygdalus communis L.), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), walnuts (Juglans regia), cashews (Anacardium occidentale), pecan nuts (Carya illinoiesis (Wangenh.) K. Koch), Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera), macadamia nuts and Queensland nuts (Macadamia ternifolia), except:
nuts used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages.
11. Sesame seeds.
12. Sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/litre expressed as SO2.
* The temporary exemption from labelling egg-derived lysozyme and for albumin (produced from egg) or milk (casein) products when used as fining agents in wine, in respect of wines that are marked, labelled or sold before 30 June 2012 has now expired. Commission Implementing Regulation 579/2012 lays out the labelling rules for grapes used from harvests later than 30 June 2012 to make wines. When considering the boundaries of the previous exemption (Regulation 1266/2010) and the new regulation, wines from harvests from 30 June 2012 onwards and non-EU wines from pre-2012 harvests which have not placed on the EU market prior to 30 June 2012, must demonstrate an absence of egg or milk at <0.25mg/l to be exempt from allergen labelling.
Hi Y'All - I had a visit from Jade, my very nice TSO recently, and I asked her what is happening following the Consultation on Jam and Sugar Related Products (2003) She said she hadn't heard anything so would write to Defra on our behalf. This is their reply - looks like our protests were more effective than we thought . . .
Dear Ms Collins
Thank you for your email of 30 April about the new Jam and Similar Products Regulations.
We are currently in an extended technical notification period with the EU Commission as both the Commission and other Member States have submitted comments and a detailed opinion regarding our changes therefore triggering an extension to the mandatory 3 month notification period. This extension period expires on 3rd June 2014 and during this time we cannot lay the Statutory Instrument. We will be able to provide a further update nearer that time once further discussions are held with the EU Commission.
I hope this is helpful
Defra Customer Contact Unit.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
I had this email today, so am passing it on to you all - maybe you know someone?
I am working at a television production company on the second series of a gardening programme for BBC Two. The series is called Great British Garden Revival and aims to revive the public’s appetite for gardening, and some of its bygone traditions. Each episode focuses on a different horticultural style or tradition that might have fallen out of popular favour and will be championed by one of the nation’s favourite gardening experts.
One of the species that we are championing this series is the soft fruit and the presenter of this show, Alys Fowler, will be meeting people across the country who are doing amazing things with soft fruits. We are looking to meet someone who has a passion for growing soft fruit in order to make jam and I thought that you would be a good person to start with as I see you are the founder of The Guild of Jam and Preserve Makers. I’d love to speak to anyone that you think might fit the bill.
Please do let me know if you need any additional information and feel free to forward my email on,
Thank you for your help,
I look forward to hearing from you,
Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7424 7669
Outline Productions Ltd, Unit 315, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL
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