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Parliamentary questions
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19 July 2016
Question for written answer E-005952-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniel Buda (PPE)

 Subject:  Effects of sodium nitrate in cold meat assortments
 Answer in writing 

A study conducted by a sectoral organisation has found around 96% of sliced meat assortments sold in supermarkets in Romania to contain sodium nitrate, which is a substance that can lead to the onset of cancer. The study also found most of the cold meats tested to contain a collection of food additives that are damaging to human health.

The most common food colouring found to be used excessively was carmine, which is a substance not recommended for use in foods for children as it can lead to difficulties concentrating and hyperactivity. Although the use of sodium nitrate is permitted in the EU — albeit only when mixed with salt at a proportion of 0.0625% — the tests showed that excessive consumption of foods containing sodium nitrate can lead to the onset of cancer.

What tools does the Commission have at its disposal to ban the use of sodium nitrate in foods with a view to better protecting public health?

Original language of question: RO 
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