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Parliamentary questions
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15 February 2017
Question for written answer P-001038-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marco Zullo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Labelling of beef and veal
 Answer in writing 

The study published by the Commission in May 2015 (COM(2015) 205) noted that European consumers were interested in being able to have labelling that contained more information about the origin of the food they bought, with regard to, in this case, geographical provenance and also with regard to the production process.

We are also seeing a growing awareness on the part of citizens of the importance of ensuring animal welfare (as recognised in Article 13 TFEU). According to Eurobarometer 442 of 2015, approximately 52% of consumers say they are alert to the presence of labels which certify compliance with farm animal welfare rules; unfortunately, however, 47% complain of the lack of availability of such information.

The egg industry is regulated by provisions (e.g. Regulation 1234/2007) which enable consumers to trace not only the place of production, but also the type of farm.

Given the above, does the Commission not consider it appropriate to check whether the current legislation on the labelling of beef and veal, which already provides for the indication of country of origin, might be amended in order to include also information about the type of farm (for example, whether it is based on intensive or extensive farming)?

Original language of question: IT 
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