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Parliamentary questions
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15 May 2020
E-003025/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elsi Katainen (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Including whole grain intakes in the Farm to Fork strategy

In most dietary guidelines around the world, there is an increasing interest in the health effects of whole grain consumption. In the EU, only a few Member States have adopted quantitative dietary guidelines on whole grain intake.

While fruits and vegetables are a source of fibre, they are not a source of whole grain. The recommended intakes for fruit and vegetables are well defined, however in the case of whole grain they are not.

The Farm to Fork strategy will aim to make it easier for people in the EU to choose a healthy and sustainable diet.

We also note that the new EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme promotes education about EU agriculture and the benefits of healthy eating. Investing in education about sustainable and healthy diets is a cost-effective prevention tool.

1. Will the Commission consider supporting healthy diets in schools, for example by promoting whole grain intakes and healthier diets?

2. Will it consider including whole grain in the harmonised front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the Farm to Fork strategy?

3. Will it recommend the revision of dietary guidelines on whole grain under the Farm to Fork strategy?

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