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22 May 13

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Ail fumé d’Arleux (PGI))
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Lakeland Herdwick (PDO))
**Entering a name in the register protected geographical indications (Eichsfelder Feldgieker/Eichsfelder Feldkieker (PGI))
**EFSA call to renew panel membership
**Yakult advert banned over health claim breach
**The Contaminants in Food (Wales) Regulations 2013
**Commission proposes revisions to food and feed regulations
**Protection of geographical indications ‘Waterford Blaa’/‘Blaa’
**Amending and correcting Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on the use of certain food additives
**Protection of designations of origin ‘Sal de Tavira’/‘Flor de Sal de Tavira’
**Protection of geographical indications Melone Mantovano (PGI)
**Protected geographical indications Porc du Sud-Ouest (PGI)
**Protected designations of origin indications Fin Gras / Fin Gras du Mézenc (PDO)
**Protected geographical indications Stornoway Black Pudding (PGI)
**Minor amendment protected geographical indications Ptujski lük (PGI)
**Minor amendment protected geographical indications Pesca di Leonforte (PGI)
**Concerning the authorisation of selenomethionine produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R646
**Scientific opinions

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Ail fumé d’Arleux (PGI))
France’s application to register the name ‘Ail fumé d’Arleux’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Lakeland Herdwick (PDO))
The United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘Lakeland Herdwick’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union .

**Entering a name in the register protected geographical indications (Eichsfelder Feldgieker/Eichsfelder Feldkieker (PGI))
Germany’s application to register the name ‘Eichsfelder Feldgieker’/‘Eichsfelder Feldkieker’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**EFSA call to renew panel membership
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a call to renew the membership of its scientific panel on food additives and nutrient sources added to food (ANS) and scientific panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids (CEF).  Panels are composed of independent scientific experts from universities, research institutions and national food safety authorities with a thorough knowledge of risk assessment. All members are appointed through an open selection procedure on the basis of proven scientific excellence. This includes experience in risk assessment and peer-reviewing scientific work and publications in the areas of competence and expertise of the scientific panels.

**Yakult advert banned over health claim breach
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a Yakult TV advert which was shown during the London Olympic, after a single complaint questioned whether the advert breached British Committees of Advertising Practice (BCAP) health claims rules.    The ASA investigated Yakult’s claim that “unique bacteria are scientifically proven to reach the gut alive” and whether the advert implied a general health claim.  The first compliant was dismissed after Yakult provided a number of supporting studies to back up this theory, however the second was upheld, and the ASA ruled that the advert should not be broadcast again. 

**The Contaminants in Food (Wales) Regulations 2013
The consultation will provide interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the proposed Contaminants in Food (Wales) Regulations 2013. The proposed Contaminants in Food (Wales) Regulations 2013 will revoke the Contaminants in Food (Wales) Regulations 2010 and remake them with necessary amendments taking into account the provisions of Commission Regulations (EU) No. 1258/2011 regarding maximum levels for nitrate in foodstuffs and Regulation (EU) No. 610/2012 on maximum levels for the presence of coccidiostats and histomonostats in food resulting from the unavoidable carry-over of these substances in non-targeted feed.  (FSA)

**Commission proposes revisions to food and feed regulations
The European Commission has published proposals to change the current legislation governing all official controls in the food and agriculture industries. The proposed plans will potentially affect all organisations involved in the production, manufacture, supply and regulation of food, feed, live animals, plants and plant reproductive material.  .The Commission’s aim is to ensure a more consistent approach to official controls, such as inspection and approvals, throughout the food and agriculture sectors. The changes are also intended to support more sustainable and effective control systems across European Union (EU) member states. (FSA)

**Protection of geographical indications ‘Waterford Blaa’/‘Blaa’
Ireland have applied for PGI ‘Waterford Blaa’.  ‘Waterford Blaa’/‘Blaa’ is a soft doughy white bread roll clearly identified by the white floury top on the product.

**Amending and correcting Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on the use of certain food additives
In Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008, certain errors have been introduced and should be corrected. In particular, the use of antioxidants in peeled, cut and shredded fruit and vegetables should be restricted to prepacked refrigerated unprocessed fruit and vegetables ready for consumption only. The use of Sorbic acid — sorbates, Benzoic acid — benzoates; p-hydroxybenzoates (E 200-219) should continue to be authorised in heat- treated meat products and the use of Natamycin (E 235) should continue to be authorised in heat-treated dried cured sausages. Maximum limits for the use of Curcumine (E 100) in processed fish and fishery products including molluscs and crustaceans should be introduced corresponding to the levels specified in Directive 94/36/EC. The maximum limits for the use of Silicon dioxide — silicates (E 551-559) should be changed to quantum satis as specified in Directive 95/2/EC and for the use of Silicon dioxide — silicates (E 551-553) as specified by Commission Regulation (EU) No 380/2012 of 3 May 2012 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the conditions of use and the use levels for aluminium-containing food additives.  There are clarifications necessary as regards the use of food additives in certain food categories. In food category 13.1.4 ‘Other food for young children’ conditions of use for the food additives E 332 ‘Potassium citrates’ and E 338 ‘Phosphoric acid’ should be set. In food category 14.2.6 ‘Spirit drinks as defined in Regulation (EC) No 110/2008’ the use of food colours should not be authorised in Geist as defined in Annex II.17 of Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1576/89 ( 7 ). The use of the food colours Quinoline Yellow (E 104), Sunset Yellow FCF/Orange Yellow S (E 110) and Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A (E 124) in certain spirit drinks should be reintroduced as this use is not of safety concern for children. It should be clarified that Caramels (E 150a-d) can be used in all products belonging to food category 14.2.7.1 ‘Aromatised wines’.

**Protection of designations of origin ‘Sal de Tavira’/‘Flor de Sal de Tavira’
Portugal has submitted an application of PDO for ‘Sal de Tavira’/‘Flor de Sal de Tavira’. ‘Sal de Tavira’/‘Flor de Sal de Tavira’ is hand-harvested sea salt, obtained in the defined geographical area by the natural precipitation of water from the Atlantic Ocean, which circulates through a series of pools until it finally crystallises in the salt pans. Its physical and chemical properties are described below. It is unrefined, unwashed and additive-free sea salt.

**Protection of geographical indications Melone Mantovano (PGI)
Italy’s protected geographical indication (PGI) ‘Melone Mantovano’ denotes fresh melons, with amber flesh tending towards salmon-coloured, of the following two botanical varieties of Cucumis melo L.: cantalupensis (cantaloup melon), with smooth spherical or spheroid fruits and a grey-green to yellow skin, and reticulatus (netted melon), with mostly rounded or oval fruits, with or without grooves, but with a visible lattice (netting) on the skin.

**Protected geographical indications Porc du Sud-Ouest (PGI)
France’s application to register the name ‘Porc du Sud-Ouest’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of objection under Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 has been received by the Commission, that name should therefore be entered in the register.

**Protected designations of origin indications Fin Gras / Fin Gras du Mézenc (PDO)
Pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006, France’s application to register the name ‘Fin Gras’ / ‘Fin Gras du Mézenc’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Protected geographical indications Stornoway Black Pudding (PGI)
Pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006, the United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘Stornoway Black Pudding’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union .

**Minor amendment protected geographical indications Ptujski lük (PGI)
The Commission has examined Slovenia’s application for the approval of an amendment to the specification for the protected geographical indication 'Ptujski lük', registered under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1362/2011.  The application concerns the amendment to the description of the product and to the specific rules concerning packaging.   The Commission has examined the amendment in question and decided that it is justified.  ‘Ptujski lük’ (Allium cepa L.) is an onion of the Ptujska rdeča variety.

**Minor amendment protected geographical indications Pesca di Leonforte (PGI)
The Commission has examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin 'Pesca di Leonforte' registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 622/2010.  The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by removing the maximum limit for the soluble solids content in the product description and, in the method of production, by amending the list of permitted rootstocks and the planting distance for the vase-shape pruning method.  The Commission has examined the amendments in question and decided that they are justified.  'Pesca di Leonforte' PGI peaches are grown from two local peach ecotypes, Bianco di Leonforte and Giallone di Leonforte, which are not listed in the national catalogue of varieties.

**Concerning the authorisation of selenomethionine produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R646
An application was submitted for the authorisation of selenomethionine produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R646.  The application concerns the authorisation of selenomethionine, an organic compound of selenium, produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R646 as a feed additive for all animal species, to be classified in the additive category ‘nutritional additives’.   Since further use of selenised yeasts as a feed additive at incorporation rates higher than 0,20 mg Se/kg complete feed may cause a risk to human health, feed materials and compound feed with higher levels of selenised yeasts should be phased out. For practical reasons however, a limited transitional period should be allowed for interested parties to prepare themselves to meet the new requirements.

**Scientific opinions

Betaine anhydrous for all animal species

Chemical group 20 (CG 20) for all animal species

Safety and efficacy of aliphatic and aromatic mono- and di-thiols and mono-, di-, tri-, and polysulphides

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for tetraconazole in commodities of plant and animal origin

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for tetraconazole in commodities of plant and animal origin

Re-evaluation of sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate (E 481) and calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate (E 482) as food additives

EU summary report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food 2011

Review of the existing MRLs for ethoxyquin

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