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Parliamentary questions
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26 April 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Katainen on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-001449/2019

Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 establishing mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of the presence of acrylamide in food(1) is applicable since April 2018.

The regulation provides for mandatory application by all concerned food business operators of mitigation measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide in certain food to a level as low as reasonably achievable. The mitigation measures to be applied take into account the size and the nature of the establishment.

Food business operators are obliged to monitor the effectiveness of the mitigation measures by sampling and analysis of their production, demonstrating that the levels of acrylamide are below the set benchmark levels.

Member States are required to regularly perform official controls to ensure compliance with the regulation, in particular to ensure that food business operators are applying the mitigation measures.

Complementary to the measures provided by Regulation (EU) 2017/2158, maximum levels for acrylamide in certain foods are currently under discussion with the Member States.

(1)OJ L 304, 21.11.2017, p. 24.

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