Crisps, sauces… manufacturers authorized to replace sunflower oil without modifying the packaging

The state authorized on Tuesday for a maximum of six months manufacturers of margarine, crisps, sauces, biscuits or dishes in sauce to replace sunflower oil in their recipes without changing their packaging.

The state on Tuesday authorized manufacturers of margarine, crisps, sauces, biscuits or dishes in sauce for a maximum of six months to replace sunflower oil in their recipes without changing their packaging, due to supply difficulties due to the war in Ukraine. The industrialists who will make this request for derogation will be able to use, for example, rapeseed oil, detailed Bercy on Tuesday after consultation with industrialists and consumer associations.

They will have a period of six months to change their packaging but must indicate before two months on the packaging that a change of recipe has taken place without necessarily specifying which one. 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.

A thousand references

All revenue changes that have been waived will be referenced on a site of the Fraud Control (DGCCRF), a service of the Ministry of the Economy. According to Bercy, several hundred or even a thousand references could be the subject of these requests for exemptions, in particular fried products such as chips or fries, or breaded, or even margarine, sauces, pasta, canned in oil…

The industrialists had seized the services of Bercy several weeks ago to alert on the tensions of supply of sunflower oil, and to ask the authorization to modify the receipts.

The NGO Foodwatch had then insisted on the need for “total transparency”, and reacted on Tuesday by welcoming “the effort of transparency of the authorities”. However, she warned “about the puzzle of access to information for consumers”, at best via stickers on the packaging – “but not always” – or via a QR code in the stores referring to the site. Internet Fraud Repression (DGCCRF).

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