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19 June 13

**Approving a minor amendment (Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish (PGI))
**The Jam and Similar Products (Scotland) Regulations 2013
**Pesticides and protected crops – EFSA consults on risk assessment guidance
**Allura Red – no revision of Acceptable Daily Intake needed
**Protection of designations of origin ‘Cozza di Scardovari’
**Protection of geographical indications ‘Liliputas’
**Amended to application protection of Geographical Indications ‘Cítricos Valencianos’/‘Cítrics Valencians’
**Emergency measures regarding unauthorised genetically modified rice in rice products originating from China
**FSA published more results of beef product testing
**Protection of geographical indications ‘Stakliškės’
**Amending list of permitted health claims made on foods
**Views want on chia seeds - FSA
**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Tortas de Aceite de Castilleja de la Cuesta
**Protection of designations of origin Mohant
**Applications for authorisation of genetically modified food and feed
**Scientific opinions

**Approving a minor amendment (Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish (PGI))
The Commission has examined the United Kingdom’s application for the approval of an amendment to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 986/2009.  The application concerns an amendment to the method of production in order to provide flexibility in the sourcing of the raw materials to now include fillets as well as fresh whole fish.  The Commission has examined the amendment in question and decided that it is justified.

**The Jam and Similar Products (Scotland) Regulations 2013
This consultation seeks views from those involved in the manufacture of jam and other sweet spread products on the draft Jam and Similar Products (Scotland) Regulations 2013.  The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views from those involved in the manufacture of jam and other sweet spread products on the draft Jam and Similar Products (Scotland) Regulations 2013. These Regulations will reduce the minimum permitted soluble solids (sugar) level for jams and similar products such as jellies and marmalades. The other changes include the removal of the specific category for ‘reduced sugar jams’ and national provisions for curds and mincemeat.

**Pesticides and protected crops – EFSA consults on risk assessment guidance
EFSA has launched a public consultation on draft guidance on how to carry out environmental risk assessments of plant protection products emitted from protected crops – those grown in greenhouses and under cover. The document provides guidance on how and when to assess such emissions into soil, surface water, groundwater and the air. It also addresses what elements should be used in exposure scenarios for risk assessment - both for soil-bound and soil-less cultivations. All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to comment on the guidance document through an online public consultation that runs until 30 July 2013.

**Allura Red – no revision of Acceptable Daily Intake needed
There is no reason to revise the Acceptable Daily Intake for the food colour Allura Red AC, EFSA has concluded. However, EFSA advises that new tests be carried out to address uncertainties related to the possible genotoxicity of the substance. The recommendations follow a review of new data. (EFSA)

**Protection of designations of origin ‘Cozza di Scardovari’
The ‘Cozza di Scardovari’, which belongs to the species Mytilus galloprovincialis, is a bivalve mollusc with an elongated shape, with a purple-black coloured shell. The valves are convex, symmetrical in their shape which is almost triangular with subtle concentric markings. Relatively tough brown threads are attached to the shells, known as the byssus or beard, used to secure the mussel to its substrate or other support.

**Protection of geographical indications ‘Liliputas’
‘Liliputas’ is a handmade, high-fat (50 % in dry matter), semi-hard cheese in the shape of a cylinder with rounded ends.

**Amended to application protection of Geographical Indications ‘Cítricos Valencianos’/‘Cítrics Valencians’
Amendments have been made to the description of 'Cítricos Valencianos’/‘Cítrics Valencians’ and the geographical area.  The varieties proposed for inclusion in the Regulatory Council Single Document and which are listed in the Register of Commercial Varieties published by the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs in the Boletin Oficial del Estado are: Mandarins: Satsuma group: Iwasaki; Clementine group: Beatriz, Capola Mioro, Clemenpons, Clemenrubí, Loretina, Nour; Hybrid group: Moncada Oranges: Navel group: Barnfield Late, Caracara, Chislett Summer, Fukumoto, Powell Summer and Rohde Summer; Common group: Valencia Delta Seedless, Valencia Midknight and Barberina: Blood orange group: Sanguinelli and Lemons: Eureka.

**Emergency measures regarding unauthorised genetically modified rice in rice products originating from China
Official controls carried out by the Member States have shown that other products which may contain rice should be added to the scope of Implementing Decision 2011/884/EU. The possibility for the competent authorities to carry out physical checks on other products should also be provided.  Sampling methodologies play a crucial role in obtaining representative and comparable results. Annex II to Implementing Decision 2011/884/EU defines a common protocol for sampling and analysis for the control of the absence of genetically modified rice. Experience to date has shown that the majority of imports covered by the Decision are processed products. In such cases the presence of unauthorised genetically modified rice is expected to be distributed homogenously throughout the lot. In the light of those elements, it appears necessary to add an additional sampling protocol more appropriate for such products.

**FSA published more results of beef product testing
The Food Standards Agency is today confirming it has received a further 19,050 industry results from testing beef products for horse DNA. The Agency has also published the full report of the local authority testing programme. The new results show that three beef products contained horse DNA at or above the 1% threshold. None tested positive for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone (bute).

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**Protection of geographical indications ‘Stakliškės’
‘Stakliškės’ mead is a clear amber-coloured alcoholic beverage that is made in the traditional way by natural fermentation of mead must together with plant additives (hops, lime blossom, juniper berries). The composition of the honey and the herbs and spices gives the beverage its characteristic pronounced honey taste with a slightly sweet-sour flavour and a piquant aroma.

**Amending list of permitted health claims made on foods
Amending Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 establishing a list of permitted health claims made on foods other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health.  The Commission has finalised its consideration of all health claims submitted for evaluation except for four categories of claims made on specific groups of food or one of their constituents. Those categories include claims on plant or herbal substances, commonly known as ‘botanical substances’, claims on specific foodstuffs, namely foods for use in very low calorie diets and foods with reduced lactose content, claims on caffeine and a claim on carbohydrates.

**Views wanted on chia seeds – FSA
A company has asked the FSA's expert advisers on novel foods to consider an application for chia seeds to be approved for use in the European Union (EU) under the simplified approval procedure. Views are wanted on the independent experts' draft opinion. A novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the EU before 15 May 1997. (FSA)

**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Tortas de Aceite de Castilleja de la Cuesta
Pursuant to Article 8(2) of Regulation (EC) No 509/2006, Spain’s application to register the name ‘Tortas de Aceite de Castilleja de la Cuesta’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Protection of designations of origin Mohant
‘Mohant’ is a soft cheese of a whitish yellow, beige or pale buttery colour, with a distinctive piquant, sharp, pungent and very marked smell and taste.

**Applications for authorisation of genetically modified food and feed
On applications for authorisation of genetically modified food and feed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Regulations (EC) No 641/2004 and (EC) No 1981/2006. Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 lays down Union procedures for the authorisation and supervision of genetically modified food and feed, including rules for the labelling of such food and feed.  Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 provides, in particular, that applications for authorisation are to adequately and sufficiently demonstrate that the genetically modified food and feed satisfy the requirements laid down in that Regulation, in respect of their proposed uses.   

**Regarding the conditions of approval of the active substance carbon dioxide
The European Food Safety Authority presented to the Commission its view on the draft review report for carbon dioxide on 18 December 2012. The draft review report and the view 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 review report was finalised on 17 May 2013 in the format of the Commission review report for carbon dioxide.  It is confirmed that the active substance carbon dioxide is to be deemed to have been approved under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. It is necessary to amend the conditions of approval of carbon dioxide as regards maximum quantities for the following relevant impurities: phosphane, benzene, carbon monoxide, methanol, hydrogen cyanide.

**Scientific Opinions

Electrical stunning of lambs and kid goats

CO2 stunning of rabbits

Sterigmatocystin in food and feed

Re-evaluation of montan acid esters (E 912) as a food additive

Pesticide risk assessment of the active substance spirotetramat

Transitech® and improvement of bowel function which is maintained after cessation of consumption of the food

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and maintenance of normal defecation

Bimuno® GOS and reducing gastro-intestinal discomfort

Modification of the existing MRLs for aminopyralid in commodities of animal origin

Modification of the existing MRLs for fenpyroximate in various crops

Nivalenol in food and feed

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