The future of the faithful jam jar is under threat. Jam jars have been re-used long before re-cycling became big news. But now their future is threatened by red tape of food hygiene regulations. Church fetes and fund-raising organisations across the country are now being warned that conserves should not be sold in jars previously used. You can reuse jam jars at home or as gifts for friends, but you are not allowed to reuse them if the product will be sold or given away at a public event.
Food standards agency claimed the matter was for local councils to implement.
Jam makers usually sterilise jars before use as a matter of course, reported Canon Tristram of Portsmouth Cathedral. Full report by Richard Eden in the Sunday telegraph.