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22 June 2010
Question for written answer E-4584/2010
to the Commission
Rule 117
Esther de Lange (PPE)

 Subject: Thrombin and similar food additives
 Answer in writing 

On 19 May 2010 Parliament voted against the Commission proposal to allow the use of thrombin as a food additive in the EU (2010/2643/RPS). In 2005 the EFSA concluded that this product was safe for consumers.

Another product, transglutaminase, which originates from Asia, is used in meat for the same purpose as thrombin and does not need to be labelled because it is regarded as a technical aid. This non-European product is already being used throughout Europe.

1. Is the Commission aware of the above practice?

2. To follow up Parliament’s vote, will the Commission now also investigate whether the use of transglutaminase in (imported) meat should be banned?

Original language of question: NLOJ C 170 E, 10/06/2011
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