Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 09/12/2011 First transmission: 09/12/2011
Proposed changes to EU labelling rules for fruit juices, "nectars", juices made from concentrates, and those made from several fruits are debated Tuesday and voted Wednesday. MEPs want the rules clarified. These changes were provisionally agreed with the Council in informal negotiations in October.
Proposals by the rapporteur Andres Perello Rodriguez (S&D, ES) are:
- Orange juices with mandarin won't be allowed for consumption in the EU (to ensure equal treatment between EU and foreign producers). So far, orange juices imported from Brazil and the US could contain up to 10% mandarin juice, but European producers were not allowed to add mandarin to their orange juices.
- The juice will have to have the name of the predominant fruit. If a juice which contained, let's say a 90% of apple and a 10% of strawberry it should be called "apple juice" and not "strawberry juice" as up to now.
- The term "no added sugar" continues to be allowed for fresh juices and fruit concentrates, so that consumers can distinguish them from nectars (which can have added sugar).
The deadline for transposition of the new directive is 3 years (5 years for some provisions on information to consumers and suppression of stocks).
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||Close up of oranges in an oranges grove. Spring 2010 (2 shots)
||Lemons plant, Murcia region, Librilla city in southern Spain. Lemons harvesting by Moroccan seasonal workers. Spring 2010 (5 shot)
||Lemon factory, general views and details on the process (4 shot)
||Lemons being packed (2 shots)
||Truck going to market (2 shots)
||Lemons in Mercavalencia, the biggest wholesale market in Valencia. Spring 2010 (4 shots)
||Wide shot of pears and apple plant, Quinta do Paco orchard, Vouzela Region, Portugal. Summer: 2010 (9 shots)
||Truck of oranges going to market (1 shot)
||Supermarket, storage of fruits (4 shots)
||Fresh food, general and close-ups on fruits. Supermarket in Madrid. 16/03/2010 (3 shots)