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Parliamentary questions
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28 October 2016
E-008161-16
Question for written answer E-008161-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paolo De Castro (S&D) , Giovanni La Via (PPE)

 Subject:  Food products with misleading names
 Answer in writing 

Numerous vegetable-based agri-foodstuff products derive their sales from names which relate to meat or dairy products, contravening the rules relating to product labelling (Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) and marketing dairy products (Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013).

Sometimes, however, particularly in the case of meat products, even when the rules are not broken, products intended for vegans and vegetarians are promoted using names which clearly refer to meat products. Examples are vegan bresaola, vegetarian prosciutto, and vegan mortadella. Furthermore, these names are protected by national rules.

Since there is currently no clear European legislation protecting certain names, and the market is saturated with this type of product, does the Commission intend:
To intervene and regulate this particular sector?
To introduce European legislation to safeguard certain names relating to meat products, as is the case for dairy products?
Original language of question: IT 
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