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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001966/2019

1. Article 9(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011(1) establishes a list of mandatory particulars for prepacked foods, including the list of ingredients. For non-prepacked foods, only the information on allergens is required, however Member States may decide other mandatory particulars to be provided to consumers e.g. the list of ingredients.

The EC law does not require the origin indication of ingredients used in food. However, as of 1 April 2020, the origin of the primary ingredient will have to be indicated in case the origin of the final food is indicated on a voluntary basis and it is not the same as that of its primary ingredient.

At present, the Commission does not intend to change the existing rules. However, it recognises the increasing consumers’ interest in the origin indication of certain ingredients used in food. Under the existing rules, consumers may ask origin information to be made available by the catering business, and subsequently select catering businesses based on their willingness to voluntarily meet this legitimate request. The Commission follows closely the developments on the matter at national level.

2. The Commission is promoting European products bearing a designation of origin, through various awareness-raising activities.

First, through the EU’s promotion policy for agricultural and food products(2) where the bulk of the budget(3) for promotion programmes on the internal market have been allocated on informing consumers about EU quality schemes.

The Commission also runs communication activities such as participation at international fairs, organisation of high-level missions in non-EU countries, led by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and accompanied by a business delegation.

Secondly, other activities aiming to promote EU agri food products include:

EU Quality Labels webpage(4)
Social media communication, including an Instagram account(5)
Participation at European international fairs with a stand.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers, OJ L 304, 22.11.2011, p. 18.
(2)Regulation (EU) No 1144/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on information provision and promotion measures concerning agricultural products implemented in the internal market and in third countries and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 3/2008, OJ L 317, 4.11.2014, p. 56.

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