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Parliamentary questions
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7 June 2017
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001341/2017

The Commission services called on Member States' consumer protection authorities to produce concrete evidence for alleged ‘dual quality’ standards as the national authorities have the best expertise to assess any possible misleading practices within the meaning of Directive 2005/29/EC on Unfair Commercial Practices (UCPD)(1). The Commission will also address the issue of dual food quality in the internal market in the High Level Forum for a better functioning food supply chain which brings together Member States, consumer organisations, producers and the retailers of the agro-food business.

Before considering new EU legislation, the margins for a better enforcement of existing rules concerning unfair commercial practices, as well as the rules on safety of food(2) and accurate consumer information(3) should first be properly explored.

The Commission takes the concerns about alleged different quality standards of certain branded consumer products marketed in different Member States seriously and is committed to support national authorities in fully applying the applicable laws.

(1)Further explanations under what conditions the marketing of ‘dual quality products’ could be considered misleading in the Commission Guidance on the application/implementation of the UCPD adopted on 25 May 2016, SWD(2016)163 final, Chapter 3.3.1, http://ec.europa.eu/justice/consumer-marketing/files/ucp_guidance_en.pdf,
(2)Regulation (EC) 178/2002 on general principles and requirements of food law.
(3)Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on food information to consumers.

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