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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2021
E-001966/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001966/2021

Article 14(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011(1) provides that, in the case of pre-packed foods offered for sale by means of distance communication, all mandatory particulars shall be available at the moment of delivery. Article 12(2) of the same Regulation provides that in the case of pre-packed food, mandatory food information shall appear on the package or on a label attached thereto.

Article 15 further provides that mandatory food information shall appear in a language easily understood by the consumers of the Member States where a food is marketed and that within their own territory, the Member States in which a food is marketed may stipulate that the particulars shall be given in one or more languages from among the official languages of the Union.

In conclusion, for pre-packed food offered for sale by means of distance communication, all mandatory food information shall therefore be provided on the package or on a label attached thereto in a language easily understood by the consumers of the Member State in which the food is marketed.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004, OJ L 304 22.11.2011, p. 18.
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