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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2014
Question for written answer E-008915-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marc Tarabella (S&D)

 Subject:  Origin labelling
 Answer in writing 

‘Local food’ is quite a good selling point, and the big supermarkets have realised this, focusing more and more of their marketing around local produce. This has even led to a number of lies appearing on labels, according to a report drawn up by France’s Directorate-General for Competition, Consumers and Fraud Prevention entitled ‘The Quality of Fruit and Vegetables and Consumer Information’. The report was picked up on by the French consumer group UFC — Que Choisir.

In the 9 125 establishments tested throughout the industry, 10% of products apparently failed to comply with EU rules and regulations. The principal problems concerned distribution, and more specifically labelling, as well as incorrect origin labelling or none at all.

1. What is the Commission’s position on this?

2. Could it follow the matter up, and, if these figures are confirmed, guarantee that it will set up a scheme to counter this worrying trend and its causes?

Original language of question: FR 
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