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C 110 E/110 Official Journal of the European Union EN 8.5.

2003

The second option was chosen. Consequently, a meeting of the Management Committee was convened on
25 January and held on 28 January 2002. The only agenda item was a new draft Commission Regulation
correcting the proposal presented to the Committee on 15 January. The Committee was unanimously in
favour of the draft, which reduces additional aid and the basic aid for the 2002/2003 marketing year in
Italy and Spain  the Member States whose threshold was exceeded.

The Commission is sure that the Honourable Member shares the concern to defend the Community
financial interests which underlies the decisions taken and will therefore agree that it acted properly.

(1) Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 of 28 October 1996 on the common organisation of the markets in processed
fruit and vegetable products, OJ L 297, 21.11.1996.
(2) Commission Regulation (EC) No 449/2001 of 2 March 2001 laying down detailed rules for applying Council
Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 as regards the aid scheme for products processed from fruit and vegetables, OJ L 64,
6.3.2001.

(2003/C 110 E/114) WRITTEN QUESTION P-2817/02


by Bill Newton Dunn (ELDR) to the Commission

(30 September 2002)

Subject: Lemon curd and mincemeat

A British newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, which is notorious for its habit of inaccurate and ill-
researched anti-EU propaganda, alleged on 21 September 2002 that, in a proposed ‘revised version of the
EU Directive on fruit jams, jellies and marmalades and sweetened chestnut puree’, it will in future be illegal
in the United Kingdom ‘to put “lemon curd” or “mincemeat” on a label’.

What is the truth?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(18 October 2002)

Lemon curd is a product made, mainly, from an emulsion of edible fats or other oils (or both), sugar,
whole egg or egg yolk (or both), and any combination of lemon puree, lemon pulp or lemon.

Mincemeat is a product made mainly from a sweetening agent, vine fruits, citrus peel, sugar or any other
carbohydrate, suet or equivalent fat and vinegar or acetic acid with or without other ingredients.

Council Directive 2001/113/EC of 20 December 2001, relating to fruit jams, jellies and marmalades and
sweetened chestnut purée intended for human consumption (1), defines the names jam, extra jam, jelly,
extra jelly, marmalade, jelly marmalade and sweetened chestnut puree. Products bearing these names must
have a composition that corresponds to the definitions in the Annex (I) of the Council Directive 2001/
113/EC.

The said Directive does not provide for a prohibition to use the names ‘mincemeat’ or ‘lemon curd’ for the
products described at the beginning of this reply.

(1) OJ L 10, 12.1.2002.