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8 May 13

**EFSA aspartame opinion rescheduled until November 2013
**The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013
**European Commission proposes package of measures to enforce health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain
**Public consultations: dietary reference values for fluoride and molybdenum
**Protection designations of origin ‘Rigotte de Condrieu’
**Amended application for protection of geographical indication Riz de Camargue
**Amending maximum residue limits of prednisolone in foodstuffs of animal origin
**Draft guide to compliance on food additives legislation
**Extended provisional authorisations granted for new active substances
**Amending Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 as regards the control system for organic production
**Maximum residue limits for the substance monepantel in foodstuff of animal origin
**Scientific opinions

**EFSA aspartame opinion rescheduled until November 2013
EFSA and the European Commission have agreed to extend the timeframe for the Authority’s full re-evaluation of aspartame to allow sufficient time to consider and address feedback, including new information, resulting from the public consultation on its draft opinion. EFSA’s experts have identified aspects of their draft opinion and key steps in their scientific approach that they would like to clarify further, including the expression of uncertainties, before finalising their conclusions.

** The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013
This FSA consultation seeks views on the proposed Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013, which consolidate all 'food additive' type legislation.

**European Commission proposes package of measures to enforce health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain
The European Commission has announced that it will introduce a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain.   In a press release the European Commission reports that: “The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified, more risked-based approach to the protection of health and more efficient control tools to ensure the effective application of the rules guiding the operation of the food chain. “  Currently EU legislation consists of nearly 70 pieces of legislation however the package will reduce this to 5 pieces of legislation and will also reduce the red-tape on processes and procedures for farmers, breeders and food business operators (producers, processors and distributors) to make it easier for them to carry out their profession.  In a press release Tonio Borg, Health and Consumer Commissioner, states: "The agri-food industry is the second largest economic sector in the EU, employing over 48 million people and is worth some €750 billion a year. Europe has the highest food safety standards in the world. However, the recent horsemeat scandal has shown that there is room for improvement, even if no health risk emerged. Today's package of reforms comes at an opportune moment as it shows that the system can respond to challenges; it also takes on board some of the lessons learned. In a nutshell, the package aims to provide smarter rules for safer food".  Other EU institutions, including the European Parliament and the Council will consider the Commission's package of measures and will adopt their positions in due course. At this stage, it can be estimated that the package will enter into force in 2016.

**Public consultations: dietary reference values for fluoride and molybdenum
EFSA has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific advice on dietary reference values (DRVs) for fluoride. EFSA is also currently consulting on its draft scientific opinion on DRVs for molybdenum. The opinions will be the first pieces of advice from EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies on intake of micronutrients. Interested parties are invited to submit comments by 13 June 2013. (quoted directly)

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**Protection designations of origin ‘Rigotte de Condrieu’
France have submitted a PDO for ‘Rigotte de Condrieu’.  ‘Rigotte de Condrieu’ is a small non-standardised cheese made from raw, full-fat goat’s milk. It is made from curdled goat’s milk. It is an unpressed soft cheese.

**Amended application for protection of geographical indication Riz de Camargue
France has made a number of amendments to its application for PGI Riz de Camargue. ‘Riz de Camargue’ corresponds to different grain types: round grains, medium grains, A-type long grains, B-type long grains.  Authorised rice varieties belong to the Japonica and Indica varieties. The list of authorised varieties is established by the organisation which updates it yearly.

**Amending maximum residue limits of prednisolone in foodstuffs of animal origin
Prednisolone 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 prednisolone applicable to equidae has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency.  The Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use recommend’ed the establishment of a MRL for prednisolone for equidae species, applicable to muscle, fat, liver and kidney.  The entry for prednisolone in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should therefore be amended to include the MRL for equidae.

**Draft guide to compliance on food additives legislation
The FSA consultation seeks views on draft guide to compliance on the legal requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008 on food additives. This 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.  Responses are required by close Tuesday 23 July 2013.

**Extended provisional authorisations granted for new active substances
Allowing Member States to extend provisional authorisations granted for the new active substances acequinocyl, aminopyralid, ascorbic acid, flubendiamide, gamma-cyhalothrin, ipconazole, metaflumizone, orthosulfamuron, Pseudomonas sp. strain DSMZ 13134, pyridalil, pyroxsulam, spiromesifen, thiencarbazone and topramezone.

**Amending Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 as regards the control system for organic production
Regarding Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 ( 1 ), and in particular Article 33(2) and (3) and Article 38(c). According to Article 28(1) of Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, operators who produce, prepare, store, place on the market, import or export products produced in compliance with the production rules laid down in that Regulation must submit their undertaking to the control system referred to in Article 27 of that Regulation. In the light of the experience gained with the implementation of the control system and in the interest of the organic sector, it is appropriate to provide for the transmission of the relevant information in cases where the operator or the subcontractors of that operator are checked by different control authorities or control bodies or where operators or their subcontractors change their control authority or control body.

**Maximum residue limits for the substance monepantel in foodstuff of animal origin
The maximum residue limit (MRL) for pharmacologically active substances intended for use in the Union in veterinary medicinal products for food-producing animals or in biocidal products used in animal husbandry should be established in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 470/2009.  Monepantel is currently included in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 as an allowed substance, for ovine and caprine species, applicable to muscle, fat, liver and kidney, excluding animals producing milk for human consumption.  An application for the extension of the existing entry for monepantel applicable to ovine milk has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency.  The entry for monepantel in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should therefore be amended to include the MRLs for ovine and caprine species, applicable to milk.

**Scientific opinions

Review of the existing MRLs for dimethenamid-P

Toxicological evaluation of phenol

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

Review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for propamocarb

Scientific Opinion on Rift Valley fever

Modification of the existing MRLs for pendimethalin in various crops

Lancer for weaned piglets

Review of the existing MRLs for dichlobenil

Pesticide risk assessment of the active substance acequinocyl

Modification of the existing MRLs for pendimethalin in various crops

Maximum residue levels (MRLs) for bifenox

Pesticide risk assessment of the active substance L-ascorbic acid

L. plantarum (NCIMB 40027) for all animal species

Review of the existing MRLs for 1,3-dichloropropene

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