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Parliamentary questions
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6 May 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003891/2015

Directive 2000/13/EC(1), which was repealed and replaced by Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011(2) as of 13 December 2014, allowed Member States to retain national provisions which require indication of the factory or packaging centre, in respect of home production, on the labelling of foods.(3)

During the negotiations that led to the adoption of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, one Member State proposed the introduction of a similar requirement at Union level. Although supported by the Commission, this suggestion was not endorsed by the other Member States. Eventually, the co-legislators decided to make compulsory on the package or on a label attached thereto only the name or business name and address of the food business operator under whose name or business name the food is marketed or, if that operator is not established in the Union, the importer into the Union market.(4)

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 further clarified that the name, business name or address of the food business operator on the label does not constitute an indication of origin within the meaning of the regulation.(5) Furthermore, it set out specific requirements concerning the origin of foods. However, it does not empower the Commission to proceed to a harmonised measure as requested by the Honourable Member.

(1)Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20.3.2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs (OJ L 109, 6.5.2000, p. 29).
(2)Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25.10.2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (OJ L 304, 22.11.2011, p. 18).
(3)Article 3(2) of Directive 2000/13/EC.
(4)Article 9(1)(h) read in conjunction with Article 8(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011.
(5)Article 2(2)(g) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011.

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