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EU bans ‘mince’ pies

October 30th, 2002

Lemon curd faces wrath of Brussels (Daily Mail, 30 October 2002, page 39)
The names of traditional foods such as lemon curd and mincemeat could soon be banned by the EU. Brussels is worried that consumers on the Continent may think that the labels refer to dairy or red meat products.

The names ‘mince pie’ or ‘lemon curd’ are not being banned by the EU, although legislation tightening up food labelling for the benefit of manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike is in force. The relevant directive, however, only applies to a very strictly defined set of foodstuffs (of which lemon curd is not one), and explicitly states that it is not applicable to ‘fine bakery wares, pastries or biscuits’ e.g. mince pies.


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