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Parliamentary questions
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9 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005689-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE)

 Subject:  Preventing fraudulent labelling of fish
 Answer in writing 
Numerous studies warning of inaccuracies in the labelling of fish sold and eaten within the Union have been emerging over the past few months. Fraud relating to the fish’s origin or species is detected in 20 to 40% of DNA tests carried out on different scales in various States, at points of sale as well as in restaurants or establishments in which processed fish is served to consumers. Changes to the fish’s origin or deliberate confusion between species are amongst the irregularities detected. These labelling issues are always cases of fraud against consumers and breach consumers’ trust in terms of their health and even the environment; in some cases, changes to labels cover up the sale of species obtained from illegal, undeclared and unregulated fishing. In view of the fact that this issue is occurring in many Member States:
1. Does data on the scale of this labelling fraud exist at European level?
2. Are there any plans for action to coordinate and reinforce the checks that national authorities should carry out on labelling?
Original language of question: ES 
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