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Parliamentary questions
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12 March 2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000179/2020

The Commission is aware of the report mentioned by the Honourable Member published in 2015. However, scientists have different opinions regarding the extent to which the welfare of animals is compromised during the production of foie gras.

Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(1) states that: ‘In formulating and implementing the Union's agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage.’ Some Member States consider the production of foie gras as a cultural tradition and a regional heritage that the Union must respect.

The Commission is not aware of evidence indicating that foie gras represents a risk for human consumption.

(1)Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, OJ C 326, 6.10.2012, p. 47.
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