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Parliamentary questions
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13 January 2015
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009375/2014

Article 26(5) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 (on food information to consumers)(1) provides that the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council on origin labelling for a series of foods, including horse meat.

The Commission entrusted to outside contractors the completion of two studies to analyse the feasibility and possible impacts of various options for the mandatory labelling of the country of origin or place of provenance for a series of products. Building on this, the Commission will shortly adopt its report.

The replacement of beef by horse meat constitutes a fraudulent act and not a case of shortcomings in the current legal framework. Following this scandal, several actions were taken by the Commission including the strengthening of the Commission’s capacity to address food fraud, stronger official controls, more effective horse passport rules and better coordination of controls.

(1)OJ L 304, 22.11.2011.

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