Written Question: Regulation on food irradiation

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 26 May 2021

Priority question for written answer P-002793/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Anne Sander (PPE)

Subject: Regulation on food irradiation

Directive 1999/2/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning foods and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation lays down the conditions for the manufacture, marketing, import and compulsory labelling of foodstuffs treated with ionising radiation. A list of the foods which may be subject to such treatment is laid down in Directive 1999/3/EC.

As regards labelling, Article 6 of Directive 1999/2/EC provides that the words ‘irradiated’ or ‘treated with ionising radiation’ must appear on the labelling or packaging of treated products, irrespective of the quantity of foodstuffs treated in the finished product.

This strict regulation hampers the development of this technology, which offers a safe alternative to other available decontamination methods, including the use of chemicals.

Does the Commission, which is currently carrying out a study on the relevance of the existing legislation, intend to propose an update of the above-mentioned directives in order to take account of the latest technological developments and the needs of our agri-food industry?

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