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Parliamentary questions
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22 June 2016
Question for written answer E-005022-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE) , Philippe Lamberts (Verts/ALE) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) , Karima Delli (Verts/ALE) , Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Compliance with legislation on the labelling of nanomaterials
 Answer in writing 

On 15 June 2016, the organisation Agir pour l'environnement (Act for the environment) published an analysis of chocolate biscuits, chewing gum, a jar of blanquette of veal and a spice-mix for guacamole. During the tests it was observed that the foodstuffs contained nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide which were not labelled.

Under Article 18(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on consumer information ‘All food ingredients present in the form of engineered nanomaterials have to be clearly indicated in the list of food ingredients. The names of such ingredients shall be followed by the word “nano” in brackets’.

1. In the Commission's view, given that regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods, which has been partially in force since 31 December 2015, defines engineered nanomaterials as the result of intentional production, what are the criteria which make it possible to define the level of intention of producers in the agri‐food sector?

2. Does the case of consumer information infringement revealed by ‘Agir pour l'environnement’ fall under the definition of ‘engineered nanomaterials’?

3. If not, what European legislation makes it possible to ensure that consumers are fully informed about the presence of unintentionally engineered nanomaterials in their food?

Original language of question: FR 
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