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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
E-001745/2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

1. The Commission is not in possession of the figures referred to by the Honourable Member. The Commission organised in 2015 an EU Coordinated Control Plan to assess the prevalence on the market of adulterated honey(1). Since 2016, there have also been a few exchanges of information in the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System(2) concerning fraud in the honey sector in Belgium. However, these exchanges do not necessarily reflect the full number of such non-compliances occurring in Belgium, as the system works on a voluntary basis and only for cross-border non-compliances and does not include the activities that Member States carry out at national level. More exhaustive figures and statistics would therefore have to be requested directly to the Belgian competent authorities.

2. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the Commission is coordinating the development of harmonised application of analytical methods to detect food fraud, including honey, and among them is nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

(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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