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30 June 2016
Question for written answer E-005316-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marijana Petir (PPE) , Giovanni La Via (PPE) , Albert Deß (PPE) , Michel Dantin (PPE) , Mariya Gabriel (PPE) , Alojz Peterle (PPE) , Elisabeth Köstinger (PPE) , Franc Bogovič (PPE) , Annie Schreijer-Pierik (PPE) , Norbert Erdős (PPE) , Mairead McGuinness (PPE)

 Subject:  Honey — labelling of country of origin
 Answer in writing 

European beekeepers are concerned about the quality of honey that is imported to the EU from third countries and blended with honey produced in the EU, then sold with the indication ‘blend of EU and non-EU honey’. This labelling could mislead consumers because they do not have complete information about the true origin of the honey nor its composition. This honey, which is cheaper for retailers compared to honey produced in the Member States, and therefore represents unfair competition, is not any cheaper for consumers, as they do not know what they are consuming.

In December 2015, 2 237 samples of honey intended for human consumption were collected throughout the Member States, Switzerland and Norway. Laboratory analyses showed that 29% of the samples had incorrect indications of geographical origin: honey had been mixed with various types of sugar, and for some samples incorrect vegetable origin had been declared.

Does the Commission intend to amend the existing rules on honey labelling established by Directive 2014/63/EU, amending Council Directive 2001/110/EC relating to honey, so that the mandatory label of country of origin would also contain a blend ratio for each honey that comes from a different country of origin?

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