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Parliamentary questions
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8 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005691-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Elena Gentile (S&D)

 Subject:  Wholegrain cereals
 Answer in writing 

The WHO (2015) regards wholegrain cereals as important components of a healthy diet. According to the Joint Research Centre (2017), the consumption of wholegrain cereals can help to prevent chronic diseases. A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (GBD 2016) concluded that a diet lacking in wholegrain cereals had caused around 250 000 avoidable deaths in Europe.

A study on the case of Italy (2017) outlined, among the main causes of the low consumption of wholegrain cereals, issues relating to awareness of the benefits and difficulties in identifying such products.

However, the lack of a European regulatory framework may be preventing European consumers from properly identifying and consuming wholegrain-based cereal products.

Given the above:
1. Will the Commission adopt a harmonised definition of wholegrain cereals at EU level — along the lines of the definition given by the Healthgrain Forum?
2. Will the Commission ask EFSA to update its 2010 scientific opinion on the validity of health claims relating to whole grains?
3. Does the Commission not think it should issue standard EU criteria on the labelling of wholegrain cereals, in order to ensure that end products contain enough wholegrain cereals per portion, and provide incentives for the food industry to add such whole grains to their own products and thereby boost consumption?
Original language of question: IT 
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