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Health & Consumer Voice - September/October - 2012 Edition

Proposal for clearer rules on pollen in honey

Commission proposes clearer rules on pollen in honey

Pollen should be considered a natural constituent of honey – not an ingredient - according to a European Commission proposal adopted on 21 September.

It follows a European Court of Justice preliminary ruling which considered pollen an ingredient of honey, added mainly when the beekeeper collects honey from the hive frame.

The proposal means that EU labelling rules - which require a list of ingredients - would not apply. It does not affect the Court’s conclusion that honey containing genetically-modified (GM) pollen can only be placed on the market if it is authorised under the EU’s GM legislation.

The proposal must now be discussed by the European Parliament and Council.

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