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Parliamentary questions
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8 June 2016
Question for written answer E-004726-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marian Harkin (ALDE)

 Subject:  Imports of chlorinated chicken under the TTIP agreement
 Answer in writing 

In response to Written Question P-002677/2016 regarding imports of chlorinated chicken under the TTIP agreement, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis did not categorically rule out the importation of the product under a TTIP agreement, but rather stated that ‘no antimicrobial treatments will be approved in the EU unless there is a clear scientific assessment confirming that they are beneficial for consumers (i.e. reduction of microbial contamination and reduction of safety risks)’. In this context, is the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) currently assessing the safety of chlorinated chicken or any other antimicrobial treatment of meat or carcases so as to evaluate whether or not they enhance the hygiene requirements that EU legislation requires to be applied throughout the food-chain process?

Or are there any plans to request that EFSA carry out such an assessment?

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