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Parliamentary questions
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13 September 2021
E-002905/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002905/2021

All food placed on the EU market is governed by EU legal framework on food safety. This applies equally to food of EU origin as well as to imported food. The Honourable Member is encouraged to report to the authorities all evidence on imported food which contains heavy metals and pesticides, well above levels permitted within the EU.

The Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy(1) has presented specific actions to reduce the environmental and climate footprint of the EU food system and to facilitate the shift to healthy and sustainable diets.

In particular, the framework legislation on a sustainable food system will aim to promote coherence in all food-related policies by establishing common definitions, principles and requirements for sustainable food systems and foods. It will also address the responsibilities of all actors in the food system.

Combined with possible certification and labelling provisions on the sustainable performance of food products and targeted incentives, it will allow operators to benefit from sustainable practices and progressively raise sustainability standards, so as to become the norm for all food-related operations and products placed on the EU market.

In addition, the proposal for a sustainability labelling framework will empower consumers to make healthy and sustainable food choices by covering the nutritional, climate, environmental and social aspects of food products.

The EU promotes European agri-food products in the framework of Regulation (EU) No 1144/2014(2). Its objective is to enhance the competitiveness of the EU agricultural sector and raise awareness of its products’ merits. Promotion measures can aim to highlight specific features of these products such as food safety, nutritional and health aspects.

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:ea0f9f73-9ab2-11ea-9d2d-01aa75ed71a1.0001.02/DOC_1&format=PDF
(2)EUR-Lex — 32014R1144 — EN — EUR-Lex (europa.eu)
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