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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on origin labelling for rice

Mara Bizzotto

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on origin labelling for rice  

The European Parliament,

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

A.  whereas Italy is Europe’s leading rice producer, with 4 263 farms and 10 000 workers employed in the sector;

B.  whereas the EU’s reduction of customs duties on imports of cereal crops from
South-East Asia has led to a constant increase in rice imports from those countries, which has resulted in a downward trend in the price of Italian rice, endangering this key Italian production sector;

C.  whereas rice, like other foodstuffs, is subject to counterfeiting practices which put consumer health at risk;

D.  whereas, under Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, Member States may request the introduction of a mandatory indication of the origin of foodstuffs, in order to protect consumers;

E.  whereas the online public consultation carried out by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture found that 96.5% of Italian citizens were in favour of origin labelling for foodstuffs;

1.  Calls on the Commission to restore tariff barriers with South-East Asian countries in order to safeguard cereal crop production in the Member States;

2.  Calls for consideration to be given to the possible introduction of origin labelling for rice within the EU, in order to safeguard the quality of European rice.

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