De Castro-Gualmini: no to Slovenian vinegar
Misleading for consumers
Joint question by S&D MEPs to Commissioner Wojciechowski: unfair competition with Italian PDO and PGI excellence
"The standard on the quality of Slovenian vinegars is in clear contrast with the EU regulation 1151/2012 on the quality regimes of agricultural and food products and would represent an evocation of clear unfair competition with Italian products recognized all over the world, such as vinegar Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia PDO. For this reason we ask the EU Commissioner for Agriculture to object to the adoption of this standard by the Slovenian authorities ". This, in essence, is the content of the joint question presented today by the Italian MEPs, Paolo De Castro and Elisabetta Gualmini, to the EU Agriculture Commissioner, the Polish Janusz Wojciechowski .
On 2 December, the Ljubljana authorities started the procedure provided for by the EU directive 1535/2015, notifying the EU Commission of a request aimed at approving a standard on the quality of vinegar and diluted acetic acid which regulates the conditions for quality, labeling and typology that Slovenian vinegars must respect. "This rule - observe De Castro and Gualmini - presents various criticalities regarding the sales names accepted, in particular the introduction of the definitions of vegetable vinegar for all vinegars produced from plants or parts of plants, and of balsamic vinegar for all vinegars containing fruit juices or musts".
"In addition to the serious damage to Italian production and the violation of Article 13 of the EU regulation on quality regimes for agricultural and food products that would cause the introduction of the aceto balsamico denomination - conclude the PD MEPs -, the introduction of other denominations of controversial sales, such as vegetable vinegar, mixed or diluted wine, would also compromise correct information to the consumer".
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