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Parliamentary questions
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20 December 2018
E-005709/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005709/2018

Where no specific legislation provides for particular designations for meat-based foods, the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011(1), which set the general labelling rules, apply.

The regulation contains a series of provisions empowering Member States to act when they consider certain terms as being misleading or misinforming for consumers. In this respect, Article 7(1)(a) of the regulation requests that food information shall not be misleading as to the characteristics of the food and, in particular, as to its nature and composition.

Member States have the primary responsibility for the enforcement and the correct implementation of the legislation. The Commission considers that the abovementioned provisions give the Member States useful elements and criteria to take action in case of use of misleading terms on foods.

Article 36(3)(b) of the regulation foresees that the Commission shall adopt an implementing act on the voluntary provision of information related to the suitability of foods for vegetarians or vegans.

The Commission is not in a position at this stage to commit on a specific date for the adoption of this measure or on its content.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, OJ L 304, 22.11.2011 p. 18.

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