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Women’s Institute home-made produce requires full list of ingredients

Friday, June 17th, 2005

WI in a pickle over safety
To the many satisfied customers who buy Ann Doy’s prized homemade piccalilli it does not matter where the ingredients have come from. It is the taste that counts. But government officials, acting on European regulations, are determined that she, and thousands like her, must now account for every ingredient, insisting on them keeping receipts for a year for each item purchased. So, for her autumn chutneys this year, Mrs Doy will need to keep a record of the marrows grown in her father’s garden, the runner beans and the green tomatoes from her own, the onions and courgettes from the farm shop and mustard and sugar she purchases from Tesco… Mrs Doy sells her chutneys alongside jams, cakes and savouries on offer at the weekly country market, run mainly by WI stalwarts…
Kath Turner, 62, a member of the local Loosley Row and Lacey Green WI, has been selling cakes at the stall for 20 years. “We haven’t poisoned anyone yet, so where is the need for this,” she said. “The WI has been selling homemade produce since 1919 and no one has died. It’s so pointless. If I use something from my own garden I have to write a receipt out to myself.” All the produce has the ingredients clearly listed. “We don’t mind that. But to have a record of which apple came from which tree at the bottom of the garden is a nonsense.”
(The Daily Telegraph 17 June 2005)

Ann Doy and Kath Turner are not required by “EU regulations” to list every ingredient in their autumn chutneys and cakes. The same goes for keeping tabs on father’s marrows. This is because Women’s Institute fêtes and functions, where homemade products are generally sold loose or pre-packed, are exempt from EU food labelling laws, as are restaurants and sandwich bars. These measures were introduced (and voted on by all EU members including the UK) to help the 8% of children and 3% of adults who suffer from food allergies. Listing all the ingredients on packaged foods sold in supermarkets will enable them to avoid the reactions and often chronic illnesses that are caused, a point the Telegraph neglects to mention.

Home-made cakes must be labelled with all ingredients

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Crumbs, now home-made cake is dangerous – An EU directive may force full ingredients lists on all food retailers (The Times, 9 July 2004, page 5)
If baking for the school or church fête was not onerous enough, the Government could soon ban home-made cakes from sale unless they carry a special label declaring whether they contain nuts.

New EU rules will require pre-packaged food sold in, for example, supermarkets, to be properly labelled with full ingredients lists. This will enable those who suffer from allergies to avoid the often very unpleasant consequences that can ensue after eating the wrong thing. However, Directive 2003/89/EC does not force full ingredients lists on food sold in places like restaurants and fast-food vans. Food sold loose or packaged on the premises for direct sale may be exempted from these strict labelling requirements, provided the consumer or customer receives “sufficient information”. How this is done is left up to individual member states, providing legislative leeway to avoid the type of over-regulation The Times suggests will affect home-made cakes sold at school fêtes.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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