The state will allow the agri-food industry to temporarily change recipes for some egg products or poultry-based ingredients without labeling it immediately. A decision to deal with “supply tensions” on some components, in the context of an avian influenza epidemic.
“The avian influenza epidemic, which has been circulating in France since November 2021, is affecting the food industry’s supply for the production of certain foodstuffs made from eggs or egg products” (products obtained from the egg component), “or ingredients from poultry” such as duck fat The Directorate General of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) explains.
Duck rillette with chicken
The virus, which has led to the slaughter of more than 19 million birds in recent months, has forced some manufacturers to “make composition changes in a time frame incompatible with printing new packaging”. The authorities therefore decided to “ensure the continuity of supply of the products concerned” to grant “temporary exceptions to certain labeling obligations”.
When the references “No GMO”, “From Organic Farming”, “Breeded Without Antibiotics”, “Outdoor Raised” or “France Origin” are not respected, the information must be “Explicit” on packaging by adding a label or masking the sign in question, eg. On the other hand, when it is not possible to explicitly indicate a product that benefits from the exemption, a simple reference “DEROG” will be recorded.
For example, in a product such as duck rillette, the state allows the replacement of “a portion of duck meat and/or fat” with “chicken meat and/or fat,” but provided that the final product “contains a minimum of 40% duck meat and 20% Duck Fat,” DGCCRF details.
Already for sunflower oil
If a professional wishes to amend his prescription, he must validate it before fraud prevention. DGCCRF will grant him an exemption for a maximum of three months, provided the amendment does not pose a safety risk to consumers and that supply difficulties are “certain and significant”.
The state had already in recent months allowed manufacturers to temporarily adjust the composition of some food and cosmetic products with sunflower oil, to respond to supply difficulties due to the war in Ukraine, the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil.
The Fraud Repression space listing recipe changes has nearly 4,500 references concerned on Monday afternoon: chips, gnocchi, sauces, processed products, and prepared fish or desserts to name a few. Sunflower is also found in many products, such as chocolate, in the form of an additive lecithin.