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Parliamentary questions
15 November 2011
E-010365/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Nessa Childers (S&D)

 Subject: Country of origin labelling for fur products
 Answer(s) 

Presently, the EU does not require the ‘country of origin’ to be listed on the garment label. This means that fur sourced from China may be used to create a whole garment (such as a fur coat) within the EU and the manufacturer can legally claim the garment was ‘made in the EU’. The unsuspecting consumer assumes that EU regulations in regard to animal welfare standards have been adhered to. Given the overwhelming support from EU citizens for a ban on the importation of cat and dog fur in 2008, and more recently for a ban on imports of seal products (fur) on humane grounds, I believe many EU consumers would be horrified to learn that much of the fur sourced here does not come from animals reared to EU specifications. It follows that a mandatory ‘country of origin’ label for all fur products would be fully supported.

Is the Commission considering such a proposal for fur products?

Does the Commission agree that the present situation can result in a misleading situation for European consumers?

 OJ C 168 E, 14/06/2012
Last updated: 22 November 2011Legal notice