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Parliamentary questions
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2 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003069-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

 Subject:  Protecting PDO and PGI milk products — packets of grated cheese
 Answer in writing 

According to Stefano Berni, Director-General of the Grana Padano Consortium, labelling on hard cow’s milk cheeses, in particular packets of grated cheese, often fails to provide consumers with sufficiently detailed information regarding actual ingredients. This creates uncertainty regarding consumer choices in supermarkets and catering establishments such as canteens or self-service restaurants, where the composition of the grated cheese is not indicated on the menus. This tends to encourage the sale of cheaper, lower quality products at the expense of the more expensive PDO/PGI grated cheeses that are produced according to strictly monitored quality standards. According to IRI-Eurisko findings, which have been communicated to the Grana Padano consortium, catering firms purchasing from cash-and-carry wholesale businesses tend to prefer grated cheese packets labelled as ‘similar’ (52%), whereas packets of grated ‘Grana Padano’ and ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’ account respectively for only 37% and 11% of their purchases.

In view of this, what action will the Commission take to ensure greater transparency and more comprehensive consumer information regarding product ingredients?

Original language of question: IT 
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