There has been much in the news and on Twitter recently regarding the proposal bt Defra to change the law for Jam and Similar Products.(England) 2013.
Now, if you are an Artisan or commercial manufacturer you must go to the Defra website, please, and register your views before the closing date for the consultation which is 22 May 2013.
If you an enthusiastic amateur it would be great if you could spare the time to do the same - we are in danger here of losing our heritage and tradition for the sake of commercialism. There was a very good article in The Mail on Sunday last week by Valerie Elliott setting out what is going on. The article can be found here - please read it as it explains what is happening really well. You can then go to the Defra website and make your views known here
I am going to formulate my response to the consultation over this weekend but fundamentally it will be based on a letter I composed to send to Defra when I first heard about these proposals. I will provide a link for you to read it but I won't actually be sending it as I need to reply to the specific questions in the consultation. It will tell you, however, how I feel about the situation. I have also put a link to the current laws for you.
Vivien Lloyd, who also features in the article, is running a petition which you can sign here. Just click on the big jar of jam and it will take you through to where you can add your name to the petition - please do.
Please do your bit for British Jam.