What is the meaning of the symbol "℮"?

The symbol "℮" is not mandatory but, if it appears on the label, the legal regulations must be followed.

6 March 2019

On food packages, near the quantity indication is often present A "", for example "℮ 125 g". This is the abbreviation of quantité estimée (in French, "estimated quantity"). The use of the symbol ℮ is not mandatory and has nothing to do with the composition of the product, the additives or other characteristics. Its purpose is to facilitate the circulation of goods within the European Union and certifies that the amount contained in the package complies with the provisions of the EU directive (76/211 / EEC) on pre-packaging.
This regulation establishes to what extent the actual quantity (in mass or volume) of a product can deviate from the nominal quantity shown on the package. In fact, with the filling plants, slight variations in the quantity introduced can be recorded and for some packages variations of a certain order of size are allowed.
For example, in packages of between 500 and 1,000 g or ml, the total quantity may be 15 g or less less than the nominal quantity printed.

The shape of the estimate symbol is precisely established by an EU directive. The symbol has been added to the list of Unicode characters and can be inserted according to the programs and operating systems according to the following table:

Microsoft Windows In the character map, press and hold ALT and enter the code 8494 on the numeric keypad.
OpenOffice.org From the Insert menu, choose Special Character and browse the Letters Symbol category.
HTML ℮ or &#x212e.
Apple Macintosh In the Character Palette, search ESTIMATED SYMBOL.
GNOME (Linux) Open the Applications, Accessories, Character Table menu. From the Search menu, choose Find and search for ESTIMATED SYMBOL.
KDE 4 (Linux) Open the K menu, choose the Applications tab, Accessories, Character selector. In the search bar at the top, type ESTIMATED SYMBOL.


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