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Parliamentary questions
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10 December 2019
E-004317/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Dreosto
 Subject: Nutri-score vs top-quality national products

Signatures are currently being collected for a petition calling on the Commission to introduce a compulsory Nutri-score food labelling system.

This would penalise top-quality Italian products by labelling them as unhealthy.

These would include extra virgin olive oil, which symbolises the ‘Mediterranean diet’, recognised by UNESCO as part of the world heritage.

Such a labelling system would bring about the use of labels that would be increasingly misleading for consumers, being based on an artificial indicator which fails to reflect the actual contribution of the food product to a balanced diet.

In view of this:

Does the Commission intend to act on this proposal, to the detriment of national top-quality products, in the absence of any evidence that the scheme will genuinely benefit consumers?

When will the Commission submit a report on the schemes in use under Article 35(5) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, in order to determine whether they might in practice obstruct the free movement of goods or prove detrimental to certain products?

Does the Commission not consider that it would be preferable to launch programmes for the prevention and control of diseases related to malnutrition, helping to educate and inform consumers, rather than encourage boycotts on certain products?

Original language of question: IT
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