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The pursuit of a high level of protection of human life and health is one of the fundamental objectives of European food law regulations. Food business operators carrying out primary and further production shall comply with the general hygiene provisions specific requirements provided in regulations.

All food business operators shall adopt the following specific hygiene measures:

a) compliance with microbiological criteria for foodstuffs;
b) procedures necessary to meet targets set to achieve the highest quality and safety of the food;
c) compliance with temperature control requirements for foodstuffs;
d) maintenance of the cold chain;
e) sampling and analysis.

In order to ensure clean and safe raw materials for soft drinks production, specific requirements for primary production is set. It includes hygiene provisions and record keeping rules. Special regulation establishes provisions relating to maximum levels of pesticide residues in or on food of plant origin.

Further drinks production processes shall meet general requirements for food premises, specific requirements in rooms where foodstuffs are prepared, treated or processed, transport and equipment requirements, food waste, water supply and personal hygiene.
Moreover, European regulations lay down rules on food additives used in foods ensuring a high level of protection of human health and a high level of consumer protection, including the protection of consumer interests and fair practices in food trade, the protection of the environment.

Specific rules are adopted for juice and juice based drinks production and labelling. The usage of terms “fruit juice”, “fruit juice from concentrate” and “fruit nectar” is strictly regulated.

Assortment of soft drinks:

• Juices
• Nectars
• Juice based drinks
• Soft drinks produces from extracts
• Gira (bread based soft drink)

Legal information:

Regulation on hygiene of foodstuffs

Regulation on pesticides

Regulation on materials contacting with food

Regulation on food additives

Directive on fruit juices

Contacts: (juices and juice based drinks)