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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-001197/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001197/2019

Food businesses are responsible for complying with EU food law. Importers are responsible for checking that imports into the EU comply with EU food law. Member States are responsible for checking that food businesses and importers comply with EU food law, and can order the withdrawal from the market of non-compliant products. A Rapid Alert System exists where Member States share negative results from checks on products with the Commission and the other Member States. When notified about such negative results from checks the Commission liaises with the competent authorities of the affected Member State (or the affected non-EU country) to resolve quickly instances of suspected fraud. In addition the Commission organised in 2015 an EU Coordinated Control Plan to assess the prevalence on the market of adulterated honey(1). Since then, there have also been a number of requests (21 since 2016, out of which 6 involved China) for bilateral assistance in the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System(2) concerning cases of possible fraud in the honey sector.

Finally, the Commission would like to clarify that imports of honey originating in China are subject to a duty of 17.30% ad valorem.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/official_controls/food_fraud/honey_en
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/food-fraud/aas_en

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