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2017/2920(RPS) Use of phosphoric acid – phosphates – di – tri – and polyphosphates (E 338-452) in frozen vertical meat spits

Progress: Procedure rejected

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ENVI SCHALDEMOSE Christel (icon: S&D S&D), STAES Bart (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) GERBRANDY Gerben-Jan (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2017/12/13
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/12/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament rejected (373 votes to 272, with 30 abstentions) a resolution tabled by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, which objected to the draft Commission regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of phosphoric acid – phosphates – di – tri – and polyphosphates (E 338‑452) in frozen vertical meat spits.

Members behind the motion for a resolution called on Parliament to oppose the Commission proposal to allow the use of phosphoric acid, di and tri phosphates and polyphosphates (E 338-452) in kebab meat - be it mutton, lamb, veal, beef or poultry.

In support of their objection, Members argued that there are serious concerns and questions surrounding the negative health effects of phosphates used as food additives .

In 2012 a scientific review was published stating that phosphate additives in food are a matter of concern as they may be linked to elevated serum phosphate levels which have been associated with increased cardiovascular risk .

Other studies published in 2013 and 2014 have shown that a diet high in phosphorus may impair bone health in patients with chronic kidney disease as well as in healthy subjects.

Members recalled that a Commission report of 2017 revealed that within some Member States, competent authorities and food business operators had different, and sometimes incorrect, interpretations of applicable Union requirements relating to meat preparations and meat products, resulting in a lack of uniform implementation of such requirements.

In addition, Members pointed out that frozen vertical meat spits are destined for the out-of-home sector which means that consumers are not informed about the use of phosphates as food additives in these products since they are not labelled.

For all of these reasons, Members called on the Commission to withdraw its draft regulation pending a re-evaluation of phosphates used as food additives which should be carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by the end of 2018.

2017/12/12
   EP - Motion for a resolution
Documents
2017/12/12
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/12/07
   EP - Decision by committee, without report
2017/11/09
   EP - SCHALDEMOSE Christel (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/11/09
   EP - STAES Bart (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/10/26
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2017/10/23
   EC - Non-legislative basic document
Documents
2017/10/23
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Documents

Documents

Activities

Votes

B8-0666/2017 - Résolution 13/12/2017 13:17:49.000

2017/12/13 Outcome: +: 373, -: 272, 0: 30
IT FR EL ES BE GB AT BG RO LT EE PT CY DK FI SE LV SI LU HR MT NL SK IE HU CZ DE PL
Total
66
68
19
48
20
66
17
13
28
10
6
19
5
9
9
18
7
7
6
11
6
25
12
9
16
20
86
47
icon: S&D S&D
168

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Denmark S&D

2

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Croatia S&D

2

Malta S&D

3

Netherlands S&D

3
4

Czechia S&D

3
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
48

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
49

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

4

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3
icon: ALDE ALDE
62

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

Against (1)

1

Romania ALDE

3

Estonia ALDE

3

Portugal ALDE

1

Denmark ALDE

2

Finland ALDE

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

Against (1)

1

Czechia ALDE

For (1)

4

Germany ALDE

For (1)

4
icon: ENF ENF
33

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Romania ENF

1

Netherlands ENF

4

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Poland ENF

2
icon: EFDD EFDD
38

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

Against (1)

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1
icon: NI NI
17

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

3

Hungary NI

2

Germany NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Poland NI

2
icon: ECR ECR
65

Italy ECR

1

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

Against (1)

1

Romania ECR

Against (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Finland ECR

Against (1)

2

Latvia ECR

Against (1)

1

Croatia ECR

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Slovakia ECR

For (1)

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

3

Czechia ECR

2
icon: PPE PPE
193

Belgium PPE

For (1)

4

Bulgaria PPE

Abstain (2)

4

Lithuania PPE

2

Estonia PPE

Against (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

Abstain (1)

1

Finland PPE

Abstain (1)

3

Latvia PPE

For (1)

3

Slovenia PPE

For (1)

4

Luxembourg PPE

3
5

History

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  • date: 2017-12-13T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The European Parliament rejected (373 votes to 272, with 30 abstentions) a resolution tabled by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, which objected to the draft Commission regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of phosphoric acid – phosphates – di – tri – and polyphosphates (E 338‑452) in frozen vertical meat spits. Members behind the motion for a resolution called on Parliament to oppose the Commission proposal to allow the use of phosphoric acid, di and tri phosphates and polyphosphates (E 338-452) in kebab meat - be it mutton, lamb, veal, beef or poultry. In support of their objection, Members argued that there are serious concerns and questions surrounding the negative health effects of phosphates used as food additives . In 2012 a scientific review was published stating that phosphate additives in food are a matter of concern as they may be linked to elevated serum phosphate levels which have been associated with increased cardiovascular risk . Other studies published in 2013 and 2014 have shown that a diet high in phosphorus may impair bone health in patients with chronic kidney disease as well as in healthy subjects. Members recalled that a Commission report of 2017 revealed that within some Member States, competent authorities and food business operators had different, and sometimes incorrect, interpretations of applicable Union requirements relating to meat preparations and meat products, resulting in a lack of uniform implementation of such requirements. In addition, Members pointed out that frozen vertical meat spits are destined for the out-of-home sector which means that consumers are not informed about the use of phosphates as food additives in these products since they are not labelled. For all of these reasons, Members called on the Commission to withdraw its draft regulation pending a re-evaluation of phosphates used as food additives which should be carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by the end of 2018.
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