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Events

2017/03/29
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2016/10/26
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/10/26
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 586 votes to 19 with 38 abstentions, a resolution tabled by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on trans fats (TFAs).

Members recalled that trans fatty acids (TFAs) are a particular type of unsaturated fat mainly found in industrially produced partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Many restaurants and fast-food outlets use TFAs to deep-fry foods because they are inexpensive and can be reused many times in commercial fryers.

Frequent consumption of industrially produced partially hydrogenated vegetable oils has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, endometriosis, gallstones, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends that ‘TFA intakes should be as low as is possible within the context of a nutritionally adequate diet’. The WHO recommends more specifically that consumption of TFAs should be less than 1 % of daily energy intake . However, a recent study compiling data from nine EU countries reports that higher intakes exist within specific sub-populations in some of those Member States

EU legislation does not regulate the content of TFAs in foodstuffs, nor does it require its labelling. The fact that unfortunately only one in three consumers in the EU has knowledge about TFAs shows that labelling measures have failed to be effective.

Under the circumstances, Parliament called on the Commission to establish within two years, an EU legal limit on industrial TFAs (as both an ingredient and a final product) in all food in order to reduce their intake among all population groups. The proposal should be accompanied by a thorough impact assessment evaluating the industrial reformulation costs that would be incurred by a mandatory limit and the potential for these costs to be passed on to consumers.

Members were concerned that vulnerable groups , including citizens with lower education and socioeconomic status, and children, are more inclined to eat food with higher TFA content.

The resolution also recalled that studies show that policies aimed at restricting the TFA are feasible, achievable and likely to have a positive effect on public health. Denmark successfully brought in a national limit of 2 % of trans fat in oils and fats in 2003.

The food industry was asked to prioritise alternative solutions that comply with health standards , such as the use of improved oils, new procedures for the modification of fats or combinations of substitutes for TFAs (fibres, cellulose, starches, protein mixtures, etc.).

Documents
2016/10/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/10/25
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2016/10/25
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2016/10/25
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2016/10/06
   EP - Oral question/interpellation by Parliament
Documents
2016/10/06
   EP - Oral question/interpellation by Parliament
Documents
2016/09/01
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/04/05
   EP - SOMMER Renate (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - SÂRBU Daciana Octavia (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - BAREKOV Nikolay (ECR) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - JÄÄTTEENMÄKI Anneli (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - BOYLAN Lynn (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - HÄUSLING Martin (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - PEDICINI Piernicola (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2016/04/05
   EP - D'ORNANO Mireille (ENF) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI

Documents

  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2017)54
  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0417/2016
  • Motion for a resolution: B8-1115/2016
  • Motion for a resolution: B8-1136/2016
  • Debate in Parliament: Debate in Parliament
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-1801/2016
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-1802/2016
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE587.689
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE587.689
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-1801/2016
  • Oral question/interpellation by Parliament: B8-1802/2016
  • Motion for a resolution: B8-1115/2016
  • Motion for a resolution: B8-1136/2016
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2017)54

Activities

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B8-1115/2016 - Am 7

2016/10/26 Outcome: -: 485, +: 181, 0: 7
GB EE DK LT FI BG LU MT HR PL LV CY CZ BE SI NL EL SK IE SE AT HU PT RO IT ES FR DE
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15
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19
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19
16
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B8-1115/2016 - Am 4

2016/10/26 Outcome: -: 598, +: 69, 0: 9
LU LV EE CY MT SI DK LT HR AT IE SK EL FI CZ BG SE HU BE NL PT RO FR GB PL ES IT DE
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B8-1115/2016 - Am 6/1

2016/10/26 Outcome: +: 394, -: 263, 0: 21
GB IT ES DE EL PT PL AT DK CY SE BE IE RO HR FI LT SK MT LV EE SI LU CZ HU BG NL FR
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65
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B8-1115/2016 - Am 6/2

2016/10/26 Outcome: -: 485, +: 168, 0: 15
EL IE AT SE ES LT IT CY LV EE SI LU HR FI MT DK CZ SK PT HU BE BG NL RO DE PL GB FR
Total
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10
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19
49
8
64
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4
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B8-1115/2016 - Am 3

2016/10/26 Outcome: -: 591, +: 53, 0: 30
LV LU EE CY MT AT LT SI DK HR IE FI SK NL BG SE HU EL BE CZ PT RO FR PL GB ES IT DE
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