A survey conducted by the Romanian National Association for Consumer Protection and Promotion of Programmes and Strategies as part of a project to monitor the products and services marketed in Romania showed all the products tested (5 types of pressed ham) to contain sodium nitrite, also known as E250, which is an artificial preservative used to inhibit bacterial growth and enhance the colour of meat products. More specifically, sodium nitrite is used to inhibit the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which causes the fatal illness botulism, and to inhibit lipid oxidisation, which leads to rancidity. The preservative E250 is banned in Norway, Sweden, Canada and, partially, in Germany.
What suggestions would the Commission make as regards introducing uniform rules on products marketed in the EU?
How does it propose to resolve the issue of the use of sodium nitrite in foodstuffs?