UPDATE: Non-alcoholic Drink: Fruit Juices and Nectars

31 January 2014 - 11:58am -- Gerry Danby

The Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (England) Regulations 2013 came into effect on 20 November 2013 and introduced changes to comply with Directive 2012/12/EU and remove 'gold plating'.

The changes including optional restoration of aromas, prohibiting the addition of sugar, additional labelling provisions and provision for water extracted juices. Tomatoes are included in the list of fruits for fruit juice production and a lowering of Brix levels for balckcurrant, guava, mango and passion fruit brings them into line with Codex levels.

The criminal sanctions under earlier regulations are also replaced with civil sanctions and the use of improvement notices, with a backstop offence of failing to comply with an improvement notice which, on summary conviction, renders offenders liable to a fine up to level 5 on the standards scale (£5,000).

The updated document can be found here Non-alcoholic Drink: Fruit Juices and Nectars with more background information on the Blog here All change for the fruit juices and nectars regulations.