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Parliamentary questions
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29 April 2016
E-002162/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002162/2016

A first ‘Questions and Answers’ document(1) on the application of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011(2) on the provision of food information to consumers has already been published in January 2013. Commission services are now working closely with Member State experts to update this document by including additional questions and answers. These discussions also cover Point 1 and Point 2 of Annex V on the exemption to provide the nutrition declaration by providing examples, as suggested by the Honourable Member.

Regarding the exemption in Point 19 of Annex V covering food, including handcrafted food, directly supplied by the manufacturer of small quantities of products, the ‘small quantities’ are not defined and are left to the appreciation of Member States' competent authorities, which are responsible for the application of these provisions.

Regarding the possibility for food products subject to collective purchase to benefit from this exemption, the Commission would like to clarify that this is possible only if the conditions laid down in Point 19 of Annex V are met, e.g. purchase of small quantities of products, directly supplied by the manufacturer or the farmer to the final consumer or to local retail establishments.

Finally, the Commission would like to note that the revised ‘Questions and Answers’ document will set out the Commission's interpretation of the issues. However, in the event of a dispute, ultimate responsibility for the interpretation of the law lies with the Court of Justice of the European Union.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/docs/labelling_legislation_qanda_application_reg1169-2011_en.pdf
(2)OJ L 304, 22.11.2011, p. 18.

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