PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-002213-16 Horse meat labelling. Apart from cattle, the only species for which a system of identification and registration of live animals exists is equidae (e.g. horses).
The Commission’s 2014 Study on mandatory country of origin labelling states under ‘administration burden for food business operators’ that ‘in practice it may not be feasible to obtain full country of origin information for all horses used for other purposes unless national databases are set up in all Member States’. From January 2016 Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/262 of 17 February 2015 strengthened the previous regulation on identification of equines, and Member States are now obliged to have centralised databases to record key information about the identification and ownership of equidae from 1 July this year.
PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-009039-16 Banning horsemeat on animal welfare grounds. It emerged from the answer to Question E-4546/2011(1) that: ‘The Commission was made aware in 2010 of cases of mistreatment of horses slaughtered in some Latin American countries for meat exports to the EU.
The Commission brought this subject to the attention of the responsible competent authorities in order to investigate those practices and the official checks put in place to verify compliance with the EU legislation.’ Since a 2014 audit by the Food and Veterinary Office found that there were still such abuses, the conclusion is that the above actions are achieving little. — Does the Commission know whether such actions have indeed taken place, and, if so, what specifically has been done? — At the same time, have other, tougher measures been taken to promote the welfare of animals in such situations? — Will the Commission bar all exports of unethically produced meat, from some Latin American countries, from entering the EU?
PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-011891-15 Préoccupations en matière de sécurité alimentaire concernant les importations de viande de cheval canadienne. En décembre 2014, la Commission a interdit l'importation de viande de cheval produite au Mexique en raison de sérieuses défaillances dans la capacité des autorités mexicaines à procéder à des contrôles fiables et notamment à attester de l'absence des substances interdites par la directive 96/22/CE du Conseil.
L'Office alimentaire et vétérinaire (OAV) a récemment identifié des problèmes de traçabilité similaires au Canada. Le dernier audit fait état de vives préoccupations relatives à la fiabilité des contrôles portant à la fois sur les chevaux importés et sur les chevaux canadiens destinés à l'exportation vers l'Union européenne. PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-006842-15 Scandale de la viande de cheval et relocalisation de la production agroalimentaire. La justice française est de nouveau confrontée à la fraude sur la viande de cheval: elle a annoncé vendredi 24 avril l'arrestation de vingt-six personnes impliquées dans l'abattage et la commercialisation de 4 700 chevaux, après la falsification des documents sanitaires.
Ceci relance l'enquête sur la fraude à la viande de cheval qui concerne, outre la France, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas et l'Allemagne, en tout seize États où les plats à base de viande de cheval ont été écoulés. Or, cette viande venait notamment de Roumanie et transitait par la Draap Trading, société néerlandaise qui tirait profit du flou international pour mentir sur la nature de la viande commercialisée. Ce «réseau criminel organisé» violait certes la loi puisqu'il mentait sur la nature de la marchandise, mais il faisait aussi courir un risque sanitaire aux dizaines de milliers de consommateurs trompés.
PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-001566-15 Cross-border horsemeat fraud. On 29 January 2015 the Dutch newspaper Brabants Dagblad reported that the prime suspect in a cross-border horsemeat scandal, Willy Selten, has started up a meat processing company in Mol, Belgium.(1) Across Europe in 2013, 50 million kilograms of meat originating from Willy Selten’s company had to be withdrawn from the market, because horsemeat had been processed with beef, which was then offered for sale as pure beef.
Furthermore, phenylbutazone was detected in a horse carcass from that company. PARLEMENT EUROPEEN 21/01/15 Vos saucisses contiennent-elles de la viande de cheval ? COMMISSION EUROPEENNE 14/02/14 Viande de cheval: un an après les mesures annoncées ont été suivies d’effets ! Commission européenne Bruxelles, le 14 février 2014.
PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question P-001731-13 European horsemeat scandal — contamination of beef products with horsemeat w. In July 2011, the European Parliament approved the regulation on food labelling.
The aim of the legislation was to ensure that consumers received appropriate and accurate information as to what they were putting in their shopping baskets and on the table at home. According to the legislation, it is mandatory to indicate the country of origin of pork, beef, lamb, goat’s meat and poultry-meat as well. However, this rule does not apply to processed meat, such as hamburgers, lasagne, etc.
In 2011, during the trialogue concerning the regulation on food labelling, the EP delegation drew attention to the inadequacy of the provisions, and therefore expressed the wish for indication of the country of origin of processed meat to be made compulsory too. However, this was not included in the ultimate text. PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-002477-13 Horsemeat scandal. Consumers are often the victims of scams, in this case concerning food, which can endanger their health.
The presence of horsemeat in food products, which has made the headlines all over Europe in the past few days, is one of these cases. The affair began when Findus, a well-known British food producer supplying major retailers, was reported for having horsemeat in products that were labelled as ‘beef’. An increasing number of other cases have subsequently emerged in which some of the biggest names in the food industry have been found to be using horsemeat while failing to provide consumers with information about the product purchased. As a result, even food giant Nestlé, the parent company of Buitoni, has withdrawn tortellini from the market in order to carry out detailed tests to check for any traces of horsemeat. JOUE 30/04/13 Recommandation no 93/13/COL de l'Autorité de surveillance AELE du 21 février 2013 relative à un plan de contrôle c. EUROPE 15/02/13 Horse meat: Member States endorse the Commission's control plan to detect fraud in the marketing of foods.
European Commission Brussels, 15 February 2013 Horse meat: Member States endorse the Commission's control plan to detect fraud in the marketing of foods Today, at an extraordinary Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) organized by the European Commission, the Member States endorsed the coordinated plan announced by Health & Consumer Policy Commissioner Tonio Borg on Wednesday 13th February.
Commissioner Borg said : "I welcome the swift approval by the Member States of the plan I tabled two days ago and I call on them to keep up the pressure in their efforts to identify a clear picture and a sequence of events. Consumers expect the EU, national authorities and all those involved in the food chain to give them all the reinsurance needed as regards what they have in their plates". This plan, co-financed by the European Commission, is to start immediately for one month (and may be extended for another two months) and includes two actions: