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Jam

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 30 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Food whether he will make it clear to the public that the full fruit standard of English jam contains only 10 per cent. of fruit specified on the label, the other contents being extraneous matter; and whether he will reconsider his decision to allow an extra jam ration in the autumn and issue instead extra sugar to housewives to enable them to make their own jam with a real fruit content.

The hon. Member is mistaken in thinking that any full fruit standard jam contains only 10 per cent. of the fruit specified on the label. As he will see from the following table, in no case may the fruit content be less than 20 per cent. The only other ingredients which may be used are sugar, pectin, and, where necessary, traces of colouring matter and preservative. I do not regard any of these ingredients as within the normal meaning of the term "extraneous matter," since they are essential to the best manufacturing processes. There is a large unsatisfied demand for factory made jam and I have no intention of reconsidering my decision to allow an extra ration of 1lb. in the autumn. There have already been three special issues each of 1lb. of sugar per ration book for jam making this year and in addition the domestic ration has been raised to 100z. a week. It is also possible for sugar to be taken in lieu of the jam ration. I am unable to make any statement about further special issues at the moment, but the matter is constantly under review.

Minimum fruit content of fresh fruit standard or full fruit standard jam or marmalade (taken from Part II of the Schedule to the Food Standards (Preserves) Order 1944. S.R. & 0. 1944, No. 842.
A.—Jam
Apple and Blackberry40 (30/10)
Apple and Blackcurrant40 (30/10)
Apple and Damson40 (30/10)
Apple and Plum40 (30/10)
Apple and Raspberry and/or Loganberry40 (30/10)
Apple and Strawberry40 (30/10)
Apple Jelly40
Apricot40
Apricot and Peach40 (20/20)
B1lberry40
Blackberry (or Bramble) and Blackberry (or Bramble) Seedless or Jelly38
Blackcurrant and Blackcurrant Jelly20
Cherry40
Damson and Damson Jelly38
Elderberry Jelly and Elderberry Seedless40
Gooseberry30
Greengage38
Loganberry20
Peach and Mixtures of Peach with Citrus Fruit40
Pineapple40
Plum and Plum Jelly40
Plum and Blackcurrant40 (30/10)
Plum and Raspberry40 (30/10)
Plum and Strawberry40 (30/10)
Quince Jelly40
Raspberry and Raspberry Seedless or Jelly20
Raspberry and Gooseberry25 (10/15)
Raspberry and Redcurrant20 (10/10)
Redcurrant Jelly20
Rhubarb40
Rhubarb and Blackberry40 (30/10)
Rhubarb and Raspberry40 (30/10)
Strawberry30
Strawberry and Gooseberry30 (15/15)
All other jams40
B.—Marmalade20