In the face of turmoil in the sunflower oil market, industry associations are appealing to the DGCCRF to relax some labeling rules.
French fries, potato chips, ready meals or even biscuits … Sunflower oil is an essential ingredient in the composition of more “ 8000 . products It is popular with French consumers, according to the Association of Manufacturers of Processed Food Products (Adepale). The problem is that Ukraine is the largest producer of sunflower oil in the world and that Russia and Ukraine account for at least 78% of global exports of this oil. Reliance on the production of these two countries, which today puts manufacturers in the face of a shortage of this ingredient in their recipes. “ Some manufacturers are already approaching a shortage of sunflower oil supplies. From next week, some will have to replace it with rapeseed oil, soybean oil, or palm oil. ‘,” says Jerome Foucault, President of Adepale.
But when a change is made in the recipe, consumers must be informed, which is a problem in the current situation. “ It will be difficult for manufacturers to acquire all of their labels in such a short period of time, especially since the label and paper market in general is currently under pressure. Adepale’s Jerome Foucault explains.
A technical difficulty was identified by Olivier Andrault, who is responsible for the food mission within the UFC-Que Choisir Consumer Association: “ Usually, packages are ordered in huge quantities, all year round. Additionally, you must reserve your slot six months in advance. It is not practically or economically feasible to change it in a short time. This is why manufacturers exist in Discussion with DGCCRF (Editor’s Note: which monitors correct information for consumers) for waivers ‘ explains Jerome Foucault.
Unique information site
There are several options on the table: create a single information site where all products whose recipe has been modified will be displayed. “ It is minimal but not very sufficient. We require that when a substitute ingredient is allergens, this is indicated directly on each product with a label “These are mainly biscuits, cakes, chocolates and other products in which soy lecithin has replaced sunflower lecithin,” claims Olivier Andrault of the UFC-Que Choir.
Adepale asked his understanding: “ For allergenic products, this is clear, but also for those whose claim without GMOs or without palm oil, for example, will not be true anymore. In fact, Ukraine is a major supplier of non-GMO sunflower seeds and cattle feed cakes. Due to lack of availability, breeders will have no choice but to turn to genetically modified soybean meal. So it seems that a consensus has been reached on these particular cases. .
But the Association of Manufacturers of Food Processors (Adepale) is calling for faster decision-making for the rest of the products, as the recipe modifications do not include allergens or a claim that could become misleading: “ Ban on products that are safe for consumers should be lifted. It’s urgent ‘ knocking on her head.
At this point, consumer associations require display boards to be placed in the respective sections, to indicate changes in recipes and their consequences for products. But the return of the professionals of the large distribution and their opinion on the matter is long overdue. The cost of creating these dashboards will actually be borne by you. “We temporarily accept no change of labels in light of the situation. But to get fair information to consumers, these panels are essentialclaims Olivier Andrault of the UFC-Que Choir.
call him le FigaroDGCCRF asserted that “ The arbitration has not yet taken place but it should happen soon “.