Written Question: Information for consumers about the presence of ingredients, additives and pesticide residues in alcoholic beverages

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002599/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE)

Subject: Information for consumers about the presence of ingredients, additives and pesticide residues in alcoholic beverages

The Commission confirmed in 2018 that it wished to correct the exception under which the ingredients and additives in beverages containing more than 1.2 % by volume of alcohol do not have to be listed on the label.

The Commission then announced in its ‘farm to fork’ strategy that it wanted firstly, to give consumers more information so they can make healthier choices, secondly, to promote sustainable good practices and finally, to reduce dependence on pesticides. Nor should its recognition of the cocktail effect, the regulations on green claims and its cancer prevention plan be forgotten. I welcome the work that has begun in this regard.

The Commission also stresses the importance of consumer involvement, on which the success of the green transition depends.

When purchasing alcoholic beverages, what is needed is not excessive simplification but exhaustive and relevant information. The latter should states clearly which ingredients, additives, pesticide residues and processing aids are present, give precise indicators as to the impact on health, society and the environment, and provide nutritional information. Given all this and the fact that the exception laid down in Article 16(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 is a hindrance to the success of the Green Deal:

When, how and based on what terms of reference will the Commission turn theory into practice and furnish consumers with each of the aforesaid pieces of information?

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