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UK lawmaker decries new standards for English jam

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October 30, 2013 09:18 AM EST | AP


LONDON (AP) — A British politician is in a jam over new rules on fruity spreads, saying her country's plan to lower the minimum sugar content of the breakfast staple threatens to turn a much-loved treat into "gloopy sludge."

European guidelines say a product should be at least 60 percent sugar before it can be called jam. However there are exceptions, and officials say England has applied for special dispensation so that U.K. farmers can better market their fruit spreads abroad.

Lawmaker Tessa Munt told the BBC Wednesday that loosening the standards threatened the very institution of the British breakfast — a hearty meal typically served with sausage, egg, beans, tomato, and toast.

She warns, "this is going to be the end of the British breakfast as we know it."