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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2019
Question for written answer E-004049/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Dreosto (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Indication of the origin of primary ingredients according to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/775, with reference to labelling of organic products

Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 states that one of the following expressions must be included on the labels of organic goods:

‘EU Agriculture’, where the agricultural raw material has been farmed in the European Union;

‘non-EU Agriculture’, where the agricultural raw material has been farmed in third countries;

‘EU/non-EU Agriculture’, where a part of the agricultural raw materials has been farmed in the EU and a part of it has been farmed in a third country;

‘Italian [for example] Agriculture’, where all the agricultural raw materials of which the product is composed have been farmed in that country.

Given that Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/775 stipulates that the country of origin or the place of provenance of the primary ingredient must be indicated if it is not the same as that of the food itself:

1. Would the Commission agree that for products labelled with the phrase ‘Italian Agriculture’, ‘EU Agriculture’ or ‘non-EU Agriculture’, there is no need to include the indication of the origin of the primary ingredient, as its origin has already been stated?

2. Would the Commission agree that the mandatory inclusion of the indication of origin only concerns products with the wording ‘EU/non-EU Agriculture’, as in these cases the origin of the principal ingredients is not stated? Does it agree that even in the latter case the indication of origin should only need to be stated where there are elements that might mislead consumers?

Original language of question: IT
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