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Parliamentary questions
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24 January 2018
E-007590/2017(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007590/2017

The Commission adopted a report on 3 December 2015 on the presence of trans fats in foods(1), which outlines a preliminary analysis of the potential effectiveness of the measures that could be adopted at EU level to limit trans fats intakes in the EU.

While the report concluded that a legal limit for industrial trans fats content would be the most effective measure in terms of public health, consumer protection and compatibility with the internal market, further investigation would be required.

According to the Better Regulation principles, an Impact Assessment is required for Commission initiatives that are likely to have significant economic, environmental or social impacts. The Commission services are working on the impact assessment on the initiative to limit industrial trans fats intakes in the EU.

The Inception Impact Assessment was published on 11 October 2016 on the Commission's Better Regulation Portal(2). Currently, an external study is finalised on the impacts of the options being considered. An open public consultation was launched on 17 November 2017; it is open for comments until 9 February 2018(3).

The options considered include also the option of introducing legal limits on trans fat content in foods in a similar way as in Denmark. At this stage, the Commission cannot anticipate the outcome of the impact assessment, and cannot commit to pursuing a specific policy option.

(1)COM(2015) 619
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/smart-regulation/roadmaps/docs/2016_sante_143_trans_fats_en.pdf
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/open-public-consultation-initiative-limit-industrial-trans-fats-intakes-eu_en

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