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Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2018
Question for written answer E-004099-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stefano Maullu (PPE)

 Subject:  WHO initiative on foodstuffs
 Answer in writing 

Several organisations have reported — and reliable press sources confirmed — that the World Health Organisation plans to target a campaign against a range of foodstuffs with high fat, salt and sugar contents because they are deemed harmful to health. The first step it takes could be to start labelling those products in such a way as to discourage people from purchasing them.

This would have worrying repercussions.

Firstly, the range of products affected would even include foods basic to the Mediterranean diet that are widely recognised by the scientific community to be model foodstuffs, and whose benefits include preventing most current illnesses and prolonging life expectancy. Secondly, such a step would significantly affect the food production chain in Mediterranean countries.

Regardless of whether this news is completely true or not, it is enormously damaging to the image and economic circumstances of thousands of Italian farmers and food processers.

In view of the risks highlighted above and the harm that has already been caused, can the Commission state whether and how it will act to protect consumer health and safeguard the food sector concerned?

Original language of question: IT 
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