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Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Food intended for infants and young children and food for special medical purposes (debate)

  Iliana Ivanova, rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Mr President, there are a number of benefits that this legislation will offer.

Firstly, it will protect consumers more efficiently by better informing them on specific food products. Labelling should be clear, easy to understand and should not make medical claims – in this regard, for example, the notion of dietetic foods is no longer appropriate as there have not been explicit criteria up until now to define particular food as dietetic.

Secondly, it is absolutely imperative to provide a high level of consumer protection for vulnerable groups. For instance, we have to ensure that milks intended for infants and young children are strictly regulated with regard to their content. Thorough research is needed to find out to what extent these milks really contribute to the growth and health of children. Moreover, the proposed simplification of the existing legal framework will contribute to the better functioning of the internal market. It will reduce the administrative burden on companies, increase transparency and further stimulate free movement of goods.

I hope that we will all support the balanced proposal, which will provide optimal protection for consumers’ health. My congratulations to the rapporteur and all colleagues in the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) with whom we had very good cooperation on this dossier.

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