FOODSTUFFS : NEW RULES SOON ON FRUIT JUICES.

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Following on from the Committee of Permanent Representatives' meeting in mid-November, the European Parliament has now endorsed the new rules that will improve the quality and labelling of fruit juices and ban the addition of sugar to these beverages. Meeting in plenary, on 14 December 2011, MEPs supported by a very large majority the compromise on the proposal for amendment of Directive 2001/112/CE of the Council on fruit juices and certain similar products intended for human consumption.

The new rules make mainly technical changes based on progress in production methods and provisions of the Codex Alimentarius. They confirm the distinction between fresh juices and concentrated juices or nectars. The rules ban the addition of sugar or sweeteners to fruit juices and permit the industry to indicate this to consumers during a limited period. The directive also...

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