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Parliamentary questions
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12 February 2019
P-000804-19
Question for written answer P-000804-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD)

 Subject:  Traceability, CETA, and GM food entering the EU via Canada
 Answer in writing 

Under CETA, food imported into the EU from Canada has to conform to EU food safety rules.

Canada imports food from countries — the United States being one — which do not impose labelling and traceability requirements for GM food.

Genetically modified US salmon imported into Canada must not find its way into Europe as a result of CETA, and Canada has promised that this will not happen. However, GM salmon is not labelled as such, it looks the same as ordinary salmon, and no testing is carried out to rule out the possibility that it might enter the EU together with other salmon imported from Canada (http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2018/july/tradoc_157100.04.2018%20-%20COM%20report_FINAL.pdf).

1. How can Canada give the necessary guarantees?

2. Does the position regarding salmon also apply to maize, soya beans, and other GM foods imported into Canada without traceability records, and which then could be exported from Canada to the EU?

3. Which foodstuffs have to bear labels specifying the place of production (and which ones have to bear labels specifying the places of production of the ingredients), given that this information is necessary in order to ensure that, where foodstuffs are produced in genetically modified varieties (as well as in conventional forms), Europeans wishing to steer clear of GM food will be able to avoid the foodstuffs in question, if these come from countries that allow the production of GMOs?

Original language of question: IT 
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