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Fruit juices marketed in the EU: A new directive

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Friday, 09 March 2012

Fruit juices marketed in the EU: A new directive

Following a first-reading agreement with the European Parliament, the Council approved a compromise text aimed at further aligning the EU directive on fruit juices to the international food standards of the Codex Alimentarius.
Now adopted, the directive is expected to enter into force beginning of June, when it is published in the Official Journal of the EU. Member states will then have 18 months to transpose the directive into national law, and to apply the new rules from the end of this period.
The new directive incorporates the current industry practice of not adding sugars to fruit juices. As from the date of application of the new rules (the addition of sugars to fruit juices will not longer be authorised.
The new rules will apply to all fruit juices marketed in the EU, irrespective of their origin. This ensures an equal treatment between fruit juices produced within the EU and imported from third countries.



Source: Council of the EU