Written Question: The Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan versus ‘Made in Italy’ top quality agri-food products and wine − Commission should re-examine measures

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 9 February 2021

Question for written answer E-000795/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

Subject: The Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan versus ‘Made in Italy’ top quality agri-food products and wine − Commission should re-examine measures

On 3 February the Commission presented its Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. Notwithstanding its praiseworthy objective, the solutions cited are misleading and will cause serious damage to the very many top-quality ‘Made in Italy’ agri-food products and wine.

According to the Commission, red meat, cured meats, wine and other alcoholic beverages are carcinogenic, for which reason it plans to discourage their consumption by cutting funding for their promotion, imposing higher taxes and including scaremongering information on labels for food products and on bottles.

The plan does not take into account the fact that the Mediterranean diet has been declared a UNESCO intangible heritage because of its proven health benefits, which are guaranteed through a balanced intake of all nutritional components, including animal proteins and a moderate consumption of wine.

Furthermore, top-quality PDO and PGI foods and wine are produced in accordance with strict specifications that guarantee their quality and healthiness, while labelling systems such as the Nutri-Score are flawed and misleading.

The Italian wine-producing sector on its own is worth EUR 11 billion in sales and provides 1.3 million jobs, a fact worth bearing in mind.

Note should also be taken of the concerns and worries of producers and operators in Italy’s agri-food sector, already suffering from the economic difficulties caused by coronavirus.

In light of the facts set out above, can the Commission say whether it plans to re-examine those provisions of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan that would unfairly discriminate against top-quality ‘Made in Italy’ products?

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