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Parliamentary questions
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28 February 2017
E-001348-17
Question for written answer E-001348-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mario Borghezio (ENF)

 Subject:  Stop the Chinese tomato invasion
 Answer in writing 

A recent report by the Italian farmers organisation ‘Coldiretti’ has revealed that in Italy imports of Chinese tomato concentrate have risen by 43% (100 million kg), which equates to one fifth of national production.

The risk that Chinese tomato concentrate may be packaged and resold as an Italian product is considerable since it is not yet mandatory to state where the produce was grown — its geographical origin — as now happens with tomato puree.

The Chinese product presents a greater risk to health on account of the frequently reported presence of mycotoxins, additives and colorants that are banned in the EU.

Will the Commission propose for tomato concentrate, as has already been done, even if rather late in the day, for tomato puree, that the place where the tomatoes were grown must be stated on the label, in order to protect consumers and top-quality goods produced in the EU?

Original language of question: IT 
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