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Parliamentary questions
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9 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002191-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniel Buda (PPE)

 Subject:  For 3 years, ANSVSA has not published any information on the Romanian agricultural and food products notified in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
 Answer in writing 

Chicken breast with Salmonella enteritidis, notified by Croatia, salami with E124 colourant, notified by Italy, forest fruit mix (blackberry) with hepatitis A virus, notified by Italy, and horse meat with heavy metals (exceeding the maximum allowable level of cadmium), notification made by Romania. These are only a few of the Romanian agricultural and food products from a list published by ANSVSA (The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety) within the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), which operates across the European Union.

However, the data about the Romanian agricultural and food products ceased to be notified in the RASFF in 2015. Ever since 2015 and up to the present, no information has been published about any notification regarding a Romanian product or raw material coming from Romania. This is a lack of transparency on the part of ANSVSA, which is part of RASFF which operates across Europe. Data about the agricultural and food products imported and notified by Romania are also missing.

What tools does the Commission have to restore a system which, at least in Romania, has become non-operational, to the detriment of consumers and public health?

Original language of question: RO 
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