Jam sugar limit should not be cut, MP urges

 
Jars of jam British jam is superior to comparable French, German and American products, Ms Munt claimed

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Plans to change the rules governing jam and marmalade production in England could lead to "the end of the British breakfast as we know it", an MP says.

Ministers intend to relax regulations governing the minimum level of sugar which a product calling itself jam or marmalade can contain.

The government says the change will boost the British economy.

But Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt argues this will result in cheaper, runnier spreads which have a shorter shelf-life.

Ms Munt, the MP for Wells in Somerset, is due to lead a debate on the regulations in the House of Commons' secondary debating chamber of Westminster Hall on Wednesday, in which she will urge ministers to reconsider.

She told the BBC: "I'm actually quite worried because I think this is going to be the end of the British breakfast as we know it.

"Our jams and marmalades are so important - and we know what to expect when we go into the supermarket or into our local shop or farm shops locally, we know exactly what we're going to buy when something says jam on it - or marmalade or jelly - we know exactly what to expect."

She added: "At the minute, we've got a jam that we know exactly what it's like. It's a fantastic colour, a really good shelf life - it's going to last a year - it's beautiful consistency, it's got a gloss to it.

"If these regulations change, we'll end up with something much more like the French and German product - and worse still the Americans - where they have things a bit like a fruit butter or a fruit spread.

"It's dull colours that don't taste the same and they certainly don't last as long."

Defra, the government department responsible for food regulations in England, held a consultation earlier this year.

A number of manufacturers said they would be in favour of lowering the minimum sugar requirement, officials reported.

In response to Tessa Munt's criticism, a Defra spokesman said: "Reducing the minimum sugar content in jam from 60% to 50% will help British producers - large and small - to trade more easily across the world, boosting our economy and allowing jam-lovers everywhere to enjoy delicious British jam."

The regulations will apply to England only, but Defra says that the devolved institutions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are likely to follow suit.

 

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    Comment number 334.

    Once again ,idiots sticking their noses into things they have no idea about!

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    Comment number 333.

    Jams, marmalades, wines, beers and pickles - If I can't buy what I want, then I'll make my own the way I like them regardless of the law! It's an option for you too, if you can be bothered!

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    Comment number 332.

    Guys and Girls any EU bashing in this is pointless, after all until the food we eat has full origin marking on it such bashing is ridiculous, for example you can have "not that I eat that crap" but a frozen beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner, whose constitute parts "ingredients" are not even from the UK, yet because they were prepared here they can stamp a made in GB sticker on it...get my point.

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    Comment number 331.

    Why do we bow down to the Europeans. I for one would stick two fingers up at them and take no notice of them what so ever. If they fined us I would simply not pay it. what are they going to do invade us I doubt it. Under the magna carta we can not be subjected to foreign laws. I will never fly their flag ,I will never use the metric system, I will never obey them. I am not European I an English.

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    Comment number 330.

    Really?! The EU threatening the great British breakfast?? All smacks a bit Jim Hacker and the Euro sausage does it not? Proof that there is nothing satirists can write that rivals real political life.

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    Comment number 329.

    Jam today, Jam tomorrow - but non for the sacked Remploy workers.

    Do politicians have nothing better to focus on? How out of touch with real peoples lives they are (on both side of the fence - or astride it if they are Lib Dem)

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    Comment number 328.

    @57.JohnGammon
    Jam is now to be added to Ms Munt's list of topics of interest in the Commons (as listed on www.theyworkforyou.com): radiotherapy, departmental contracts, cancer, electricity, ...
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    In my opinion her interest in electricity is only in removing the pylons that spoil the view from her house... Never mind that underground cables put the bill up for her constituents.

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    Comment number 327.

    Who cares about this though? Surly the most important story of the day is the closure of the last Remploy Factory.

    Yes, for many disabled people it may be beneficial to concentrate on integrating into the wider workforce, but for some this was there only way to have work, purpose & worth.

    All politicians should hang their heads in shame, who cares if it lost money it gave dignity.

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    Comment number 326.

    Oh I've made a bad error in my previous posts 318, sorry. I thought lowering a minimum wouldn't make any sense and that it was a maximum level for health reasons. I now see that's it's to do with the definition of British jam and marmalade rather than a health issue. Manufacturers could still put as much sugar in as they already do.

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    Comment number 325.

    Good to know that with the Border Agency in disarray, Immigration in tatters, justice system a mockery and all the other problems that need sorting out, these MP's are busy looking after the country by meddling with jam.

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    Comment number 324.

    @266.D
    If I were in her constituency, I'd call for her to resign.
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    Ok, Tessa, please resign. You offered us an alternative to the Tories and you are not delivering. Go now.

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    Comment number 323.

    With all that is going on in this country nice to know where the priority lies. I wonder how many MPs would turn up to debate this one in the House of Commons. Get a life MPs and do you job tackling real issues and if it is a EU wide policy, then it is about time we called it a day in Europe if this is all they have to think about.

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    Comment number 322.

    I see Tessa has found something she feels is worth fighting for. A shame that it is such an unimportant area.
    She won't vote against the Tory government even goes against lib dem policies, doesn't represent her constituents due to her minor role with Cable. Abstained from the vote on Syria, but it seems jam is important enough.
    An utterly useless MP.

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    Comment number 321.

    O grief people - THIS is news!!! Make your own jam - get a bag of frozen fruit, put in a pan with a dash of water and sugar or splenda to taste and bring to a boil and boil softly till thickened. Put in jars and place in fridge - lasts about a month. End of story. Now get on with your lives!

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    Comment number 320.

    For generations the justifiable an dare I say it, "that will do" WW2 attitude towards food is now causing a health crisis .It has meant that our food is sadly the butt of jokes world wide. Before WW2 it was revered along side French food now we look to them for the thumbs up with the Michelin Star, why when we should have our own system, anyway food should be food NOT a Bulking agent aka sugar.

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    Comment number 319.

    Sorry, my last post should have ended with "THEY felt like" not "THE felt like".

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    Comment number 318.

    Oh BBC get your facts right! The sugar limit is a MAXIMUM limit not a MINIMUM limit! If it was a minimum limit then manufacturers could put as much sugar in as the felt like.

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    Comment number 317.

    There are huge problems facing this country and individuals who live in it, yet week in, week out, the so-called government and/or that of the EU (which also faces massive problems of its own) keep coming out with stupid, pointless changes to "rules" about things that really do not matter a jot.

    Instead of endless meddling with trivia, how about actually governing for once?

    No idea how to?

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    Comment number 316.

    This is the thin end of the wedge - first they came for our jam...

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    Comment number 315.

    Why does reducing the minimum sugar level prevent manufacturers making exactly the same jam they do today?

 

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