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Parliamentary questions
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17 November 2014
E-009375-14
Question for written answer E-009375-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

 Subject:  Origin labelling for horsemeat
 Answer in writing 

In Italy, the leading horsemeat consumer in Europe, this sector is confronted with a severe crisis of profitability despite the fact that the supply of national horsemeat produced is insufficient to meet demand, resulting in a need to resort to the import of fresh or frozen meat from other countries.

The uncertainty of European regulations on horsemeat labelling in fact exposes Italian producers to competition from other countries and prevents systematic differentiation of the product as ‘Made in Italy’ from competing products.

It is sufficient to consider that, in 2012, 30 million kilos of horsemeat were imported to Italy in the absence of an origin labelling requirement.

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 requires the European Commission to provide the European Parliament and Council by 13 December 2014 with ‘reports on compulsory indication of the country of origin or area of provenance of meats other than beef and veal’.

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

1. What is the current status of the impact and feasibility assessment of the possible extension of the compulsory indication of the country of origin or area of provenance for horsemeat?
2. What action does the Commission intend to take to ensure that European consumers are correctly informed in this matter and safeguard the competitivity of the Italian horsemeat sector?

Original language of question: IT 
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