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Parliamentary questions
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7 May 2018
Question for written answer E-002510-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Adam Szejnfeld (PPE)

 Subject:  Safety of food imported into the EU in view of the recent scandal concerning Brazilian meat
 Answer in writing 

Consumer surveys unequivocally show that consumers attach the greatest importance to food quality and safety. It is therefore necessary to ensure that food products which enter the EU single market meet the highest standards.

In recent months, European consumers have been concerned by reports of irregularities in Brazilian meat processing facilities that export products to the EU. Not only have numerous cases been uncovered of sell-by dates being changed and chemicals being used in order to improve the appearance and smell of out-of-date meat, but there have also been accusations of bribes being made to federal inspectors so that they would falsify sanitary permits and export certificates.

Moreover, the Brazilian authorities are reported to have failed to inform the relevant EU health authorities of the irregularities they uncovered, with the result that stringent controls on all meat imported from that country at EU border points were introduced with a delay.

1. Could the Commission therefore say whether the current rules on food imports, in particular as regards controls on meat consignments at EU borders, sufficiently safeguard the interests of European consumers?

2. How, in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and Mercosur, does the Commission intend to secure guarantees from our partners that meat exported to the EU will meet high standards of food safety and quality?

Original language of question: PL 
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