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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylwia Spurek
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Protection of European consumers and foie gras production

In accordance with Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 and recital 4 thereof, as well as Article 3(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011, a general principle of food law is to provide consumers with the basic facts they need in order to make informed choices regarding the food they consume and to prevent any practice that could mislead consumers. Food law is the foundation on which consumers make choices that are in accordance with their beliefs.

With that in mind:

1. Is the Commission taking, or planning to take, measures to properly monitor adherence to the aforementioned requirements in respect of meat from animals that have been force-fed for the production of foie gras, which is prohibited in most Member States and which is opposed by a majority of EU citizens?

2. Given the total lack of information for consumers on how foie gras is produced (more specifically: meat from force-fed animals), does the Commission intend to make efforts to introduce appropriate labelling or markings on these products to indicate how the animals are treated and thus to enable consumers to make informed choices about the food they eat?

Original language of question: PL
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