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Parliamentary questions
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19 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aurelia Beigneux
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: German food security issues that call into question an entire economic model

Three people died recently after consuming food contaminated with listeria originating in the production lines of the German meat supplier Wilke.

Wilke markets its products under 13 different brand names across 21 EU Member States.

So far the investigation is pointing to a number of shortcomings in the food traceability and evaluation chain.

This health and food tragedy, coming just a few years after the horsemeat lasagne case, raises obvious questions about the quality of certain consumer products and their distribution on a particularly wide scale.

It is purely by chance that this case has not had repercussions outside of Germany, and we should have serious concerns about an economic model that is destined to fail in this way, facilitated as it is by the almost unfettered movement of goods. The free-trade agreements currently being implemented give us every reason to fear the worst in this respect.

Will the Commission therefore investigate its own failings and recognise the ideological causes of a case that could have had even more serious consequences?

Original language of question: FR
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