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Parliamentary questions
12 October 2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paolo De Castro (S&D) , Andrea Cozzolino (S&D) , Gianni Pittella (S&D) and Mario Pirillo (S&D)

 Subject: Consumer protection and safeguarding protected designations of origin

The protected designation of origin (PDO) ‘S. Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese‑Nocerino’ tomato has been registered pursuant to Commission Regulation (EC) No1263/96 of 1 July 1996.

By virtue of the Decree of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry of 22 June 1991, varieties of tomato such as S. Marzano 2, S. Marzano 3, giant S. Marzano 2 and giant S. Marzano 3 are listed in the Italian national catalogue of vegetable species.

Article 13 of Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 provides for the protection of registered designations of origin against any commercial use of unregistered products which exploit a protected name, imitate or evoke that name or give, on their inner or outer packaging, misleading information as to the provenance, origin, nature or essential qualities of the product.

The S. Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino tomato is well‑known and appreciated throughout the world for its qualities.

As a result of the distribution on the world market of commercial brands associated with S. Marzano product varieties, there is a very real risk of end consumers being misled, and of their buying products on the market that have nothing to do with the S. Marzano PDO tomato.

The distorting phenomenon of misleading consumers has negative consequences of an economic and social nature for S. Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese‑Nocerino PDO stakeholders, as proven by the situation in the important export market that is the USA.

Is the Commission aware of these problems, and what urgent steps will it take to address the situation and to protect both the consumers and the producers of the S. Marzano PDO tomato?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 154 E, 31/05/2012
Last updated: 13 October 2011Legal notice