Several dozen food products had already been the subject of a derogation on Friday afternoon, three days after the state’s decision to authorize manufacturers of margarine, crisps and other sauces to replace sunflower oil without changing their packaging. In most cases, sunflower oil, hit by shortages, is replaced by rapeseed, according to the list of products identified by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) on its website, for recipe change.
“Nature of the discrepancy: inaccurate list of ingredients following the replacement of sunflower oil by rapeseed oil”: the “apple and red fruit crumble” from the private label Saveurs U, or the fresh chicken nuggets of the discounter Netto (Intermarché group) are among the products concerned. On Tuesday, the State authorized manufacturers for a maximum of six months to modify the recipes of their consumer products in the event of “proven difficulties in the supply of raw materials”, starting with sunflower oil, of which Ukraine is a major global exporter. The only clue for in-store consumers: for the crumble, the area indicating the use-by date will bear the mention “DEROG”, while the nuggets will bear on their tray, sachet or case, the mention “rapeseed replaces sunflower”, details the DGCCRF. It is up to these customers to consult the DGCCRF website to find out what the nature of the replacement of ingredients is.
Specific labeling or derogation
In the vast majority of the more than 70 products listed on the DGCCRF site on Friday afternoon, sunflower is replaced by rapeseed. Derogations from regulatory labeling obligations will only be granted if “they do not endanger consumer safety”, and if “minimum information conditions, proportionate to recipe changes, are respected”, specifies the DGCCRF in a press release on Friday. In the case of the addition of allergenic products, or in the event that the packaging contains claims that are no longer true, such as “100% organic” or “palm oil free” for example, the indication of on the other hand, a change of recipes must be immediate.
According to Bercy, several hundred or even thousands of references could be the subject of these requests for exemptions, in particular fried products, such as crisps or fries, or breaded, or even margarine, but also sauces, pasta , canned oil… Sunflower is also present in many products, such as chocolates for example, in the form of lecithin, an additive.
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