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Tuesday, 18 November 2008 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A6-0391/2008

  John Attard-Montalto (PSE), in writing. − Far too little fruit and vegetables are eaten in the EU in relation to the WHO’s recommendations of a minimum 400 grams per day. There is an obesity epidemic among children. This is particularly severe in Malta.

A high intake of fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of a large number of diseases and prevents overweight.

In 2007, organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables underwent a fundamental reform towards greater market orientation. Fruit and vegetables are now fully integrated into the single payment system.

Excessive weight entails a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer. A daily intake of 600 grams for people 11+ should be our target.

The Commission proposes an allocation of EUR 90 million in the Community budget. That corresponds to one piece of fruit one day a week for 30 weeks a year and covers children aged 6-10 years.

To achieve all the positive effects of introducing a school fruit scheme, there must be increased funding. A school fruit scheme should consist of a portion of fruit per pupil per day and not only be aimed at school children aged 6-10.

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