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Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Farm to Fork Strategy - the key role of farmers and rural areas (debate)

  Marcel Kolaja (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, I’d like to follow up on the topic of empowering consumers to take informed decisions, because I believe that consumer protection has always been one of the top priorities of the European Parliament. Unfortunately, the trust of customers was shaken by the unwillingness to ban dual quality of products. Luckily, we have a chance now to fix some of these issues within the Farm to Fork Strategy.

A recent study done by the Joint Research Centre showed that information about product quality is very important to European citizens. We need to strengthen the right for information to ease consumer’s decisions. The key is the labelling on the front of packs informing, for example, about the origin of the product.

My second point is about health aspects. Tests prove that similar products are sold with different sweeteners or different amount of fat in some Member States. Lower healthiness of products should not be accepted, and it is a topic that the Commission should address in this strategy.

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