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Parliamentary questions
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23 February 2016
Question for written answer E-001540-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ENF)

 Subject:  Ban on honey imports from China
 Answer in writing 

Between 1991 and 2009 global honey production rose by 27% (notably in China, where it has risen by more than 60% in 10 years). In France, however, it fell by 28% between 2006 and 2010, and in Europe has only increased by 30% over the past 10 years.

A study by the Moselle beekeeping research centre suggests that 10% of the honey imported into France is fake, originating principally in China and Vietnam. Between 2002 and 2004 Chinese honey was banned in the European Union because of a lack of origin labelling and a risk that it contained lead.

It is now known that in China honey is collected too soon, before it has matured, meaning that it is of poor quality, is saturated with water and has a tendency to over-ferment.

Is the Commission intending to bring back the ban on imports of Chinese honey?

What steps can the Commission take in order to ensure that honey imports to the EU are equivalent in quality and do not pose a health hazard for consumers?

Original language of question: FR 
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