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Parliamentary questions
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11 February 2019
Question for written answer P-000789-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Branislav Škripek (ECR)

 Subject:  Effective EU control system for food safety in relation to the meat scandal in Poland
 Answer in writing 

On 29 January 2019, Poland reported the problem to the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, the purpose of which is to quickly track down unsafe food and remove it from the market.

Polish television station TVN24 aired footage showing sick cows being slaughtered and employees packing food for export.

At a briefing, the country’s chief veterinary official announced that certain beef processing plants in Poland had received 9 500 kilograms of unsafe beef, 2 700 kilograms of which were subsequently exported to other Member States.

1. In view of the fact that Poland is a state which exports more than 80% of its beef production, but does not have adequate legislation or a functional control and veterinary inspection system, what steps is the Commission planning to undertake within its remit to avoid repeating such cases in the future?

2. Does the Commission believe that systematic, equal and fair payments from the EU’s budget and the common agricultural policy (CAP) can be applied rather to beneficiaries in the Member States, who give priority to quality, health and safety rather than to profit?

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