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24 April 13

**Approving the active substance spiromesifen
**Approving the active substance Candida oleophila strain O
**Final result from UK-wide beef survey confirmed
**Draft guide to compliance on food additives legislation – FSA
**FSA - views wanted on chia seeds
**Approving the active substance halosulfuron-methyl
**Approving the active substance maltodextrin
**Defra publishes “Protected food names: guidance for producers document”
**Approving the active substance bixafen
**FSA wants views on two algal oils
**The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (Scotland) Regulations 2013
**Has the EU support to the food-processing industry been effective and efficient in adding value to agricultural products?
**Amendment to protection of designations of origin for Raschera
**Scientific opinions

**Approving the active substance spiromesifen
The United Kingdom received on 18 April 2002 an application from Bayer CropScience AG for the inclusion of the active substance spiromesifen.  For that active substance, the effects on human and animal health and the environment have been assessed.   The Authority presented to the Commission its second conclusion on the review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance spiromesifen ( 5 ) on 19 September 2012. The updated draft assessment report and the conclusion of the Authority were reviewed by the Member States and the Commission within the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health and the draft assessment report was finalised on 15 March 2013 in the format of the Commission review report for spiromesifen.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing spiromesifen may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve spiromesifen.

**Approving the active substance Candida oleophila strain O
The United Kingdom received on 12 July 2006 an application from Bionext sprl for the inclusion of the active substance Candida oleophila strain O in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC.  For that active substance, the effects on human and animal health and the environment have been assessed.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing Candida oleophila strain O may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve Candida oleophila strain O.

**Final result from UK-wide beef survey confirmed
The FSA has received confirmation of the final result for the remaining sample taken as part of the Agency’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products. The product had been withdrawn from sale following an initial test.  It has now been confirmed that the product does not contain horse DNA at or above the 1% reporting threshold. There are no further results to report from the FSA's own survey. The next report from the food industry is due to be published in June. (quoted directly)

**Draft guide to compliance on food additives legislation – FSA
This FSA draft guide to compliance sets out the general requirements and scope of revised EU harmonised legislation on food additives (Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008), which will in the main apply from 1 June 2013, and describes individual provisions within Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008 in detail.  This consultation has been prepared in accordance with the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation. (FSA)

**FSA - views wanted on chia seeds
Two companies InFoods, based in the UK and Compañía Inversora Agropecuaria, based in Argentina have asked the FSA's expert advisers on novel foods to consider applications for chia seeds to be approved for use in the European Union (EU) under the simplified approval procedure.  The applicants' chia seeds will be used in the same products as those for which approval was granted earlier this year for The Chia Company’s seeds (bread products, breakfast cereal, fruit, nut and seed mixes and bread and 100% packaged chia seeds).  Any comments on either, or both, of the applications, should be emailed to the ACNFP Secretariat at acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk  by Thursday 9 May 2013.

**Approving the active substance halosulfuron-methyl
Italy received on 19 May 2005 an application from Nissan Chemical Europe S.A.R.L. for the inclusion of the active substance halosulfuron-methyl in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC.  For that active substance, the effects on human and animal health and the environment have been assessed.  The draft assessment report was reviewed by the Member States and the European Food Safety Authority.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing halosulfuron-methyl may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the use which was examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve halosulfuron-methyl. 

**Approving the active substance maltodextrin
The United Kingdom received an application from Biological Crop Protection Ltd for the inclusion of the active substance maltodextrin in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC. The effects on human and animal health and the environment have been assessed.  The draft assessment report was reviewed by the Member States and the European Food Safety Authority.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing maltodextrin may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve maltodextrin.

**Defra publishes “Protected food names: guidance for producers document”
Defra has published a “Protected food names:  guidance for producers” document.  The guidance document covers: How to register a food or drink product under the EU Protected Food Name scheme; current applications, registered products and scheme contacts.   The EU Protected Food Name scheme highlights regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. The product is awarded one of three marks: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO); Protected Geographical Indication (PGI); and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG).  Under this system a named food or drink registered at a European level will be given legal protection against imitation throughout the EU.

**Approving the active substance bixafen
The United Kingdom received on 8 October 2008 an application from Bayer CropScience for the inclusion of the active substance bixafen in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC.  For that active substance, the effects on human and animal health and the environment have been assessed. The European Food Safety Authority presented to the Commission its conclusion on the review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance bixafen.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing bixafen may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve bixafen.

**FSA wants views on two algal oils
 A company has applied to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to widen the use of two algal oils under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97. Views are wanted on the draft opinions, which were prepared by the FSA's independent committee of experts, on these novel food ingredients. The two applications are to extend the use of these two algal oils, which are both a source of omega-3 fatty acids and extracted from two different strains of Schizochytrium microalgae: a docosahexaenoic acid-rich algal oil ('DHA-rich') and  a eicosapentaenoic acid-rich oil ('EPA-rich'). Extending the use of both oils in this way will not lead to people consuming them at levels that are more than the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) tolerable upper intake level of EPA and DHA of 5g per day. These levels were set by EFSA in June 2012.  The company, DSM Nutritional Products (formerly Martek Biosciences Corporation), is seeking to align the authorised uses of the two oils, and use them in food supplements for doses of up to 3g per day.

**The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (Scotland) Regulations 2013
This consultation seeks views on the proposed Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (Scotland) Regulations 2013, which consolidate all 'food additive' type legislation. Responses are required by close Tuesday 11 June 2013. (Food Standards Agency)

**Has the EU support to the food-processing industry been effective and efficient in adding value to agricultural products?
The European Court of Auditors has published a Special Report No 1/2013 on ‘Has the EU support to the food-processing industry been effective and efficient in adding value to agricultural products?’ As part of the EU’s rural development policy grants are made available to enterprises that process and market agricultural products through a measure called ‘Adding value to agricultural and forestry products’ that aims to improve the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry.  The Court’s audit examined whether the EU support had been effective and efficient in adding value to agricultural products. In particular, the Court questioned whether the measure was designed and implemented in a way that provides for the efficient funding of projects addressing clearly identified needs and whether the measure is monitored and evaluated in a way that allows its results to be demonstrated.

**Amendment to protection of designations of origin for Raschera
‘Raschera’ is a full-fat pressed cheese made from cows' milk, with the possible addition of small quantities of sheeps' and/or goats' milk.  Amendments have been made to the description of the product, geographical area, method of production and labelling.

**Scientific opinions

Review of the existing MRLs for prohexadione

Scientific Opinion on herbicide tolerant genetically modified maize 98140 for food and feed uses, import and processing

Review of the existing MRLs for prohexadione

Modification of the existing MRLs for cyproconazole in mustard seed and gold of pleasure

Safety evaluation of the process “Schoeller Arca Systems”

Safety and efficacy of a preparation of bentonite-and sepiolite (Toxfin® Dry) as feed additive for all species

Pesticide risk assessment of the active substance ipconazole

Re-evaluation of anthocyanins (E 163) as a food additive

Modification of the existing MRL for trifloxystrobin in beans with pods

Flavouring Group Evaluation 63, Revision 2

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