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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on nanoparticles

Isabella Adinolfi

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on nanoparticles  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers stipulates that any ingredient containing nanomaterials must bear a label stating the name of the material followed by the word ‘nano’;

B.  whereas, following a metrological study and laboratory tests commissioned from the National Laboratory, the French association Agir Pour l'Environnement reported the presence of a number of nanomaterials in food available on the European market and the failure of manufacturers to fulfil the labelling requirement for these foods;

C.  whereas the biological effect of the interaction of each nanoparticle with cells and tissues varies depending on size, as is the case with titanium dioxide, which is harmless in the form of micrometric grains, but classed as ‘potentially carcinogenic’ in nano form;

1.  Calls on the Commission to stimulate measures which, along with mandatory labelling, inform consumers in detail about the presence of nanoparticles in food on the European market.

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