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Parliamentary questions
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30 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Pietro Fiocchi, Raffaele Stancanelli, Nicola Procaccini, Sergio Berlato
 Subject: Indication of the place of provenance/origin of rabbit and hare meat

China is currently the leading world producer of rabbit meat, but there are European countries, such as Italy, Spain and France, in which rabbit farming for meat purposes is a major part of the national economy, given the widespread consumption of rabbit and hare meat.

Owing to their increased awareness of the importance of food safety, consumers are calling for greater protection and transparency as regards the recognisability of these types of meat, too, through comprehensive labelling which indicates the provenance and origin of the food.

The unprecedented emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has, indeed, raised and exacerbated legitimate concerns about the places of provenance of meat.

EU regulatory acts do not yet explicitly provide for mandatory indication of origin on labels for rabbit and hare meat.

In light of the above, does the Commission not consider it a matter of urgency, when implementing the relevant EU regulations, to make it a mandatory requirement to state explicitly the origin and provenance on labels for rabbit and hare meat, too, since European consumers require the vital information regarding the birth, raising and slaughter of these animals?


(1)This question is supported by Members other than the authors: Raffaele Fitto (ECR), Carlo Fidanza (ECR)
Original language of question: IT
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