To face ‘Tensions in supplies’ On some egg- or poultry-based ingredients, in the context of the bird flu pandemic, the state will allow the agri-food industry to temporarily change recipes for some products without labeling it immediately, according to a press release published Monday. August 29, 2022.
Some details must be specified on the package
“The avian influenza epidemic, which has been circulating in France since November 2021, is affecting the supply of food industries for the production of certain foodstuffs made from eggs or egg products” (products obtained from one of the components of eggs), or ingredients derived from poultry Like duck fat, the Directorate General of Competition, Consumer Affairs and Anti-Fraud (DGCCRF) explains in a press release.
when mentioned “GMO Free”And the From organic farmingAnd the I grew up without antibiotics.And the “I grew up outdoors” where “French origin”is not complied with, the information must be “sincere” On the packaging by adding a label or by masking the respective sign, for example.
Almost 20 million birds were slaughtered
The virus, which has led to the slaughter of more than 19 million chickens in recent months, has also affected the upstream poultry sectors that supply chicks and ducks, making it difficult to return to production.
Because of these tensions, “Some manufacturers are forced to make changes to the formulation in a time frame that does not correspond to the printing of the new packaging” Therefore, the authorities decided To ensure the continuity of supply of the relevant products to grant Temporary Exclusions from Certain Marking Obligations.
If a professional wishes to modify his prescription, he must verify its authenticity by Fraud Prevention, which gives him an exemption for a maximum period of three months, provided that the modification does not pose a safety risk to consumers and that supply difficulties are “proven and important”.
First exception for products containing sunflower oil
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-funnel site area that lists changes to recipes has nearly 4,500 references concerned on Monday afternoon: chips, gnocchi, sauces, processed products, and prepared fish or desserts, for example. Sunflower is also found in many products, such as chocolate, in the form of an additive lecithin.