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Parliamentary questions
30 June 2017
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Angelo Ciocca (ENF)

 Subject:  Labelling of aquaculture products

Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 on fishing and aquaculture products requires clear and comprehensive information specifying origin and production method to be provided on product labels.

However, Article 60 of the Union Customs Code allows products from outside the EU to be labelled as ‘Italian products’ if the last substantial processing is carried out in Italy.

One striking example is caviar, which is the jewel in the crown of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand.

Italy, along with China, is the world’s biggest caviar producer, accounting for 50 of the 160 tonnes produced worldwide each year. Each batch of caviar is given a unique code which identifies the provenance of the fish and/or caviar and which can only be understood by industry insiders, and not by consumers.

The failure to label products correctly is causing major problems for Italian breeders and producers of caviar and aquaculture products.

The Italian industry is also being undermined by the large volumes of misleadingly labelled caviar, produced from sturgeon farmed in China, that are flooding the EU market.

What steps will the Commission take to stem the invasion of Chinese products bearing labels which comply with the law but are incomprehensible?

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 17 July 2017Legal notice