07 Dec 2018
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 07 DECEMBERBrussels Daily
Food Safety: Member States support Commission’s proposal to cut down presence of trans fatty acids
Today, in the context of a Standing Committee, Member States endorsed Commission’s proposal to set a maximum limit on the use ofindustrially produced trans-fat in foods in the EU. The measure aims at protecting consumers’ health and promoting healthier food options to Europeans. Over the years, a number of scientific studies, including a recent one from European Food Safety Authority, have stressed that the dietary intakes of trans fatty acids should be as low as possible in order to avoid health risks. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of Health and Food Safety, welcomed the outcome of the vote, stressing that: “the increasingly high intake of trans fats has been a great concern for doctors, such as myself, for many years, and numerous scientific studies have shown that something had to be done about it. Today’s favourable vote is a step forward since it will lead to concrete actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats, for the benefits of the EU citizens. Following the Parliament exam of the text, I look forward to a final adoption of the Regulation by spring 2019′. The maximum limit set today corresponds to 2 grams of trans fats per 100 grams of fat in the food intended for the final consumer. The European Parliament has now two months to examine the draft Regulation.
Commission reports on progress in latest round of talks with Mercosur
The EU and Mercosur held their latest round of negotiations in Brussels from 12-20 November. It included substantial discussions on all topics both at chief negotiators’ and experts levels. As part of its ongoing transparency efforts the Commission has today published a report of this round. The report contains a summary of discussions in the different areas of the negotiation. Progress was made in particular as regards the core text of the agreement: transparency chapter was closed and work advanced on the trade and sustainable development chapter. The negotiation process continues and the next round will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 10 to 13 December. The discussions will cover all topics, building on the progress made during the latest round. There is still a significant amount of work to be done to bridge the remaining gaps. The Commission remains committed to a successful conclusion of an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced agreement with Mercosur. The report contains a summary of discussions in the different areas of the negotiation. The negotiation process continues and the next round will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 10 to 13 December.
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