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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2018
E-005019-18
Question for written answer E-005019-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Food safety in the EU
 Answer in writing 

Citizens’ concerns about food quality and safety have grown dramatically in recent years. The lack of transparency and failure to publish scientific data have led to diminished trust in the competent authorities.

Food safety must be a key priority for the European Union, as the public health of citizens must be safeguarded. Regulation No 2018/008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, calling for a complete overhaul of legislation on food, is quite ambitious and attempts to resolve a series of issues, such as the function of the European Food Safety Authority, ensuring transparency in approval procedures, providing ongoing citizen information on risks and publication of all scientific data.

Nevertheless, there are some points which are vague and must be clarified.

In view of the above, can the Commission say:
1. Which mechanisms will be used to keep citizens informed of food-related risks? How will they participate in the procedures to evaluate these risks?
2. Which procedure will be used to communicate all scientific data to the general public, and after what period of time?
Original language of question: EL 
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