Food intended for infants and young children and food for special medical purposes: - extracts from the report by Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE)

Type: News   Reference: 93915   Duration: 00:05:05  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/06/2013   First transmission: 11/06/2013
Food intended for infants and young children and food for special medical purposes: - extracts from the report by Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE) Rules on the labelling and content of baby milk and foods for special medical purposes should be better defined in order to protect consumers and distinguish more clearly between foods for normal consumption and foods for specific groups, says a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators. The report also covers some low-calorie diets. The new legislation, steered through Parliament by Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), will replace various pieces of legislation currently in force in order to simplify and clarify the rules on the labelling and composition of products that make up some 1 to 2 % of the total food market. These are infant formula and follow-on formula (for babies aged six to eight months), processed cereal-based food, food for special medical purposes and total diet replacement for weight control. The new legislation will be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member State. It will establish compositional and information requirements for a) infant formula and follow-on formula; b) processed cereal-based food and baby food; c) food for special medical purposes; d) total diet replacement for weight control The report stipulates that, in future, the labelling of milk-based preparations for babies up to the age of 12 months (including follow-on formula) will not include any pictures of infants or other pictures intended to "idealise" the use of such preparations, with the aim of ensuring that breast-feeding is not discouraged. Parliament also invites the Commission to clarify the complex legal situation of milks intended for children aged 12 to 36 months (so-called "growing-up milks" or "toddlers' milks") and to propose specific legislation if necessary.

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (French) Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE) English translation : "This regulation is important for all families, all parents who when they are doing their shopping put into their shopping-basket baby-milk, little pots of baby food, and beyond those families this has an impact on all European citizens for whom special types of food are vital to their balance. I have in mind people with chronic conditions,, people in hospital serious conditions, but also to over-weight persons, whose number is increasing in Europe, 400 000 new cases per year, people who will have to follow special diet with medical control." 00:00:40
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (French) Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE) English translation : "All the other alimentary products such as cereal-bars, snackbars, occasional meal substitutes, there are hundreds of them, those products will be transferred under the General Food Law of 2002, which is a good news, abuses being notorious on the labelling provisions of those products, claiming health benefits without being in fact specifically health protective aliments. 00:00:29
00:01:19 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Esther DE LANGE (EPP, NL) English translation : "I come from a country where quality criteria for baby-milk are well covered, the problem is now that there is no way to find that milk. Why ? Because Chinese do buy this milk in very big quantities in the supermarkets, of course this is not today subject, but I want to says to the European Commission, it's a good thing to have a regulation on baby-milk quality and production. If China is able afterwards to buy all the stock, the problem remains the same, as we will face shortage. So Mister Borg, how do you intend to address this strategic issue of the security of food supply ? It is time to think of it all together." 00:00:41
00:02:00 SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE) English translation : "I am disappointed by the Council of Ministers as regards to baby-milk formula and follow-on milk formula and its approach to banning the most dangerous substances, pesticides traces, they should have fought for a complete ban, they fought to prevent that ban!" 00:00:28
00:02:28 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Oreste ROSSI (EFD, IT) English translation : "In terms of gluten intolerance people, this is not covered by the scope of the regulation. Gluten-free or low-gluten content will be only governed by labelling rules within the rules on the supply of information on food to the consumers. The text of the compromise only ensures that the future implementing acts should continue to provide a similar level of protection to that currently provided for gluten intolerant people now." 00:00:33
00:03:01 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Elisabetta GARDINI (EPP, IT) English translation : "I have to say it's thanks to the Parliament that we have this regulation, Commissioner, because otherwise we would have risked deregulation in such sensitive critical sectors. I'd like to dwell above all on what is said about food for celiac persons, this is a pathology that was virtually unknown until a few years ago, a pathology which is increasing significantly year on year, and we now have effective tests only recently, hence the increase. According to the Mayor Clinic information, one person in a hundred suffers a celiac disease, a similar level to people with diabetes." 00:00:40
00:03:41 SOUNDBITE (English) Tonio BORG, Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy "On gluten-free food, I have take note of what Madam Gardini has sais, I would like to refer to the Latin maxima "Pacta sunt servanta", so he commitments which the Commission has made will be fulfilled, and I would like to inform this Chamber that the Commission has already started to draft the first delegated act on Gluten*food, so we're not wasting any time on this matter, because I know that this has been raised by other Members as well and we should ensure that this transfer from one regulation to the other of the gluten-free food, is being done in the interest of the consumer." 00:00:58
00:04:39 SOUNDBITE (French) Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE) English translation : "It is also thanks to those legislation in direct grip with everyday life of European Citizens as it touches one of our essential needs, food, and feeding the most vulnerable among us, it is with such arguments that Europe will be able to win back the heart of people." 00:00:16
00:04:55 CUTAWAYS : 3 Shots 00:00:10
00:05:05 END 00:00:00
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