The Commission is seeking a ban on adding sugar to fruit juice

The Commission is seeking a ban on adding sugar to fruit juice

The European Commission plans to ban the addition of sugar to fruit juices as part of an amendment to the Fruit Juice Directive.

The body, which is made up of one commissioner per European Union member state, said today (22 September) that it will propose a ban on the addition of sugar to fruit juices. The addition of sugar would be allowed “only for nectars and some very specific products covered by the directive”, the Commission said.

Another proposed adjustment is to include tomatoes in the list of fruits used for fruit juice production.

The Commission has proposed the legislation for the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to adopt.

Commenting on the news, a spokesperson for the British Soft Drinks Association today said: “Although at present hardly any products do contain added sugar, and those that do say so clearly on the label, the fact that it is permitted at all can cause some confusion amongst consumers.

“The Commission proposal will give everyone confidence that a carton of fruit juice is made 100% from fruit and contains no added sugar.”

To read the EC's official announcement, click here.