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Parliamentary question - E-013572/2015(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

There is a comprehensive body of legislation to ensure the safety of food placed on the market in the European Union. Regulations (EC) No 178/2002[1] and (EC) No 882/2004[2] are two of the main tools used in order to achieve this objective. Member States are responsible for the enforcement of EU food law and verify, through the organisation of official controls, that the relevant safety requirements are fulfilled by business operators at all stages. Official controls must be carried out regularly, on a risk basis, with appropriate frequency and appropriate measures must be taken to eliminate risk and ensure enforcement of EU food law.

The European Commission has the responsibility to ensure that EU legislation is properly implemented across the whole EU. The Food and Veterinary Office is currently performing a series of missions in the Member States to assess official controls on the use of food additives. The outcome of the missions will be carefully considered and discussed with the Member States, with the aim of ensuring the correct implementation of the Food additives legislation.

As regards the negotiations on the TTIP agreement, the EU's high level of consumer protection in the area of food additives will be maintained.