Eggs from non-compliant countries illegally on the market

5 November 2013

E-012476-13

James Nicholson (ECR)

Question:

Given the cost to egg producers across the EU of complying with the Council Directive 1999/74/EC and the prohibition of non-enriched cage systems since January 2012, is the Commission aware of the number of eggs from non-compliant countries that are illegally in the marketplace? Furthermore, what strategies does the Commission have in place to reduce these figures?

Answer:

13 January 2014

Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

It is the Member States’ responsibility to ensure that no eggs from non-compliant holdings are placed on the market. There are no statistics pertaining to eggs from un-enriched cages produced in the EU, as they are now illegal. With regard to measures in place to reduce the number of eggs stemming from un-enriched cages, the Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answers to previous written questions E-009822/2013 and E-004763/2013(1).

(1) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/parliamentary-questions.html

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