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Parliamentary questions
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9 August 2018
Question for written answer E-004249-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marijana Petir (PPE)

 Subject:  Declarations on food
 Answer in writing 

EU citizens are paying increasing attention to the quality of food products and want to know about their food’s country of origin, as well as its traceability. Despite positive legislation and the efforts of EU institutions to ensure that all consumers have access to healthy food, there are loopholes in the system that undermine consumer confidence. For instance, there have been a number of incidents reported in which the competent national authorities have found that meat that had been frozen for several years or meat that was defective or infected with salmonella was imported from EU Member States and placed on the market in Croatia. Such incidents could be prevented if data on the date of slaughter were provided on meat labels. This would reduce fraud and give consumers the right to full information about the products they buy. Consumers are not satisfied with the current system for labelling food products and want to know with certainty in which Member State they were produced.

1. Does the Commission plan to make it mandatory to include data on contents and on the date of slaughter on meat labels? If so, when?2. Will the Commission introduce a country of origin statement on food labels to respond to consumer demands?

Original language of question: HR 
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