sugar limit should not be cut, Burnham-On-Sea's
to change the rules governing jam and marmalade production in
England could lead to "the end of the British breakfast as
we know it", Burnham-On-Sea's MP has
said this week.
intend to relax regulations governing the minimum level of sugar
which a product calling itself jam or marmalade can contain.
government says the change will boost the British economy.
MP Tessa Munt argues this will result in cheaper, runnier spreads
which have a shorter shelf-life.
Munt is due to lead a debate on the regulations in the House of
Commons' secondary debating chamber of Westminster Hall in which
she will urge ministers to reconsider.
told the BBC: "I'm actually quite worried because I think
this is going to be the end of the British breakfast as we know
jams and marmalades are so important - and we know what to expect
when we go into the supermarket or into our local shop or farm
shops locally, we know exactly what we're going to buy when something
says jam on it - or marmalade or jelly - we know exactly what
added: "At the minute, we've got a jam that we know exactly
what it's like. It's a fantastic colour, a really good shelf life
- it's going to last a year - it's beautiful consistency, it's
got a gloss to it."
these regulations change, we'll end up with something much more
like the French and German product - and worse still the Americans
- where they have things a bit like a fruit butter or a fruit
dull colours that don't taste the same and they certainly don't
last as long."
the government department responsible for food regulations in
England, held a consultation earlier this year. A number of manufacturers
said they would be in favour of lowering the minimum sugar requirement,
response to Tessa Munt's criticism, a Defra spokesman said: "Reducing
the maximum sugar content in jam from 60% to 50% will help British
producers - large and small - to trade more easily across the
world, boosting our economy and allowing jam-lovers everywhere
to enjoy delicious British jam."
regulations will apply to England only, but Defra says that the
devolved institutions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
are likely to follow suit.