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Parliamentary questions
2 October 2013
E-011224-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Catherine Bearder (ALDE)

 Subject:  Shark-derived squalene
 Answer(s) 

It has come to my attention that millions of sharks are being killed each year for the extraction of squalene, a product used in cosmetics.

There are plant-derived squalene sources available, and the problem is worsened by the lack of clear labelling for consumers as to whether the squalene in the products they are buying is derived from sharks or plant material.

In light of this, does the Commission have any plans to legislate in this area in order to make the labelling of squalene sources on cosmetic products compulsory? Big retailers in the UK, such as Selfridges, are already on-board with this requirement and label or do not use shark-derived squalene. Does the Commission not think that companies throughout Europe should be required to follow suit?

 OJ C 208, 03/07/2014
Last updated: 18 October 2013Legal notice