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20 Feb 13

**Protected geographical indications Pa de Pagès Català (PGI)
**The use animal protein in fish feed approved by European Commission
**EFSA launches second consultation on bees and pesticides
**Maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin, as regards the substance diclazuril
**Maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin, as regards the substance eprinomectin
**Protected geographical indications Gruyère (PGI)
**Scientific opinions

**Protected geographical indications Pa de Pagès Català (PGI)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Pa de Pagès Català’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**The use animal protein in fish feed approved by European Commission
According to Digital Journal, the European Union has announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal protein in feedstuff.  In 1997 a ban was introduced in the European Union on the use of animal protein in animal feed for ruminants. The ban was extended in 2001 to include all animals used for human consumption.  However from 1 June fish farmers will be able to feed fish stock from meal derived from pork and poultry.  This cross species type of animal feed was banned in 1997 over fear of contamination from BSE.  According to Digital Journal a European Commission Spokesman has stated that the European commission intend to reintroduce the use of PAP pork and poultry to poultry and pig farming by 2014.

**EFSA launches second consultation on bees and pesticides
EFSA has launched a second round of public consultation on its draft Guidance on the Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees. The latest consultation is being carried out after new information on the exposure of bees to guttation – sap drops found on the leaves of plants – became available from EFSA’s ongoing peer review of neonicotinoids. Comments are also invited on the sections of the draft relating to assessment of metabolites and uncertainty analysis. The consultation closes on 18 March 2013.

**Maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin, as regards the substance diclazuril
Diclazuril is currently included in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 as an allowed substance, for all ruminants and porcine species, for oral use only.  An application for the extension of the existing entry for diclazuril applicable to poultry has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency.  The Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use recommended the establishment of a MRL for diclazuril for chicken and pheasant, applicable to muscle, skin and fat, liver and kidney, excluding animals from which eggs are produced for human consumption, and the extrapolation of MRLs for diclazuril from chicken and pheasant to poultry, applicable to muscle, skin and fat, liver and kidney, excluding animals from which eggs are produced for human consumption.  The entry for diclazuril in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should therefore be amended to include the MRL for poultry.

**Maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin, as regards the substance eprinomectin
Eprinomectin is currently included in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 as an allowed substance, for bovine species, applicable to muscle, fat, liver kidney and milk.  An application for the extension of the existing entry for eprinomectin applicable to ovine species has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency.  The CVMP recommended the establishment of a provisional MRL for ovine and caprine species as the scientific data is incomplete for the proposed analytical method for monitoring residues in ovine and caprine species.  The entry for eprinomectin in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should therefore be amended to include the provisional MRLs for ovine and caprine species, applicable to muscle, fat, liver, kidney and milk.

**Protected geographical indications Gruyère (PGI)
France’s application to register the name ‘Gruyère’ as a protected geographical indication (PGI) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  Australia, New Zealand and the US Dairy Export Council together with the National Milk Producers Federation of the United States submitted objections to the registration pursuant to Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006. These objections were deemed admissible under Article 7(3) of that Regulation.  The objections concerned non-compliance with the conditions laid down in Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006, in particular as regards the fact that the name does not refer to a geographical area.  The registration of homonymous names is authorised on condition that the name registered subsequently is sufficiently distinct in practice from the name already subject to protection. In accordance with the joint statement annexed to the agreement between the European Union and Switzerland on geographical indications, France and Switzerland have been consulted in order to identify any additional labelling measures necessary in order to avoid misleading consumers.  As a result of these consultations it appeared necessary to indicate the country of origin, in this case France, on the label in the same field of vision as the name ‘Gruyère’, in letters of the same size as those of the name. In addition, the use of any flags, emblems, signs or other graphic representations on the labels should be prohibited if it might mislead consumers, in particular as regards the characteristics, origin or provenance of the product.   In the light of the above, the name ‘Gruyère’ should be entered in the ‘register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications’.

**Scientific opinions

Scientific opinion on herbicide-tolerant oilseed rape GT73 for food containing or consisting of, and food produced from or containing ingredients produced from, oilseed rape GT73

Peer Review of the pesticide risk assessment of confirmatory data submitted for the active substance ethoprophos

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance orange oil

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for fenhexamid in currants and beans with pods

Scientific Opinion on the risk of transmission of classical scrapie via in vivo derived embryo transfer in ovine animals

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for pyraclostrobin in cucumbers and Jerusalem artichokes

Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. aizawai (strains ABTS 1857, GC-91)

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance penthiopyrad

Modification of existing MRLs for fludioxonil in cucurbits inedible peel and radishes

Modification of the existing MRLs for dodine in pome fruit, apricots and olives

Review of the existing MRLs for cyhalofop-butyl

Flavouring Group Evaluation 23, Revision 4

PET Recycling process “MOPET ®”

Flavouring Group Evaluation 06, Revision 4

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