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3 July 13

**EFSA completes review of practices and recommends improvements – meat inspection
**Bisphenol A: two-stage public consultation extends final adoption to 2014
**Public consultation: dietary reference values for vitamin C
**Multi Annual National Control Plan published
**Amendments to protection of geographical indications ‘Ternera Gallega’
**Amendments regarding the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin
**European Commission launches consultation relating to the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials
**Feed additives guidance - two public consultations launched
**Views wanted on a refined oil
**Food Law Code of Practice: views wanted
**Approving the active substance geraniol
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Pasas de Málaga
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Saucisse de Montbéliard
**Approving a minor amendment protected designations of origin Miel de Sapin des Vosges
**Approving non-minor amendments to protected geographical indications Ternasco de Aragón
**Approving a minor amendment to protected geographical indications Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Fraises de Nîmes
**Protection of geographical indications ‘Liers vlaaike’
**Amendment to protection of designations of origin ‘Peras de Rincón de Soto’
**Amendments to on the protection of designations of origin for ‘Montes de Granada’
**Scientific opinions

**EFSA completes review of practices and recommends improvements – meat inspection
EFSA has completed a major piece of work that will provide the scientific basis for the modernisation of meat inspection across the EU.  Following a risk based approach, EFSA has identified and ranked public health hazards in meat. As requested by the European Commission, EFSA has recommended improvements to meat inspection procedures to protect consumers from risks related to such hazards.

**Bisphenol A: two-stage public consultation extends final adoption to 2014
EFSA will launch a public consultation in July on its draft assessment of exposure in Europe to BPA. The new assessment will mark a major update, encompassing both dietary and non-dietary sources (including paper, inhalation and dust). In early 2014, EFSA will publicly consult on the human health aspects of its risk assessment following further evaluation of key health effects identified in animal studies and their possible relevance for human health.

**EFSA public consultation: dietary reference values for vitamin C
EFSA has launched an open consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for vitamin C. The document proposes dietary reference values for vitamin C for adults, infants and children, and pregnant and lactating women. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 31 August 2013.

**Multi Annual National Control Plan published
The Food Standards Agency in collaboration with the four agriculture/rural affairs departments, has produced a new Multi Annual National Control Plan for the UK. The plan details the roles and responsibilities of the different authorities and organisations involved in safeguarding public, animal and plant health, to protect consumers and to promote animal welfare. It covers the period April 2013 to March 2015.

**Amendments to protection of geographical indications ‘Ternera Gallega’
Amendments have been made to geographical area, proof of origin and method of production.  ‘Ternera Gallega’ is fresh meat and offal from cattle from the Galician blond and Galician brown breeds and their crosses and also cattle which are the result of crosses with the following breeds: Asturiana de los Valles, Limousin and Blonde d'Aquitaine. Males of any breed crossed with heifers of the Friesian and brown Swiss breeds are also suitable.

**Amendments regarding the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin
Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 provides that the list is to be reviewed on a regular basis, and at least quarterly, taking into account at least the sources of information referred to in that Article.  The occurrence and relevance of food incidents notified through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, the findings of missions to third countries carried out by the Food and Veterinary Office, as well as the quarterly reports on consignments of feed and food of non- animal origin indicate that the list should be amended.  Amendments have been made for consignments of dried beans from Nigeria, Brassica oleracea from China, Brassica vegetables from Thailand, groundnuts from South Africa and pomegranates from Egypt and the list of pesticide residues in the endnotes

**European Commission launches consultation relating to the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials
The European Commission has launched a public consultation relating to the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials.  They state: “in general terms nanomaterials are chemical substances or materials that are manufactured and used at a very small scale (down to 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair).  Nanomaterials are developed to exhibit novel characteristics (such as increased strength, chemical reactivity or conductivity) compared to the same material without nanoscale features. “   They continue by discussing how nanomaterials are already use in industry, and how they have the potential to improve the quality of life, contributing to industrial competiveness in Europe.   In February 2013, the Review of REACH was published which sets the “best possible framework for the risk management of nanomaterials.”  The commission plans to amend the annexes to ensure further clarity on how nanomaterials are addressed and safety demonstrated in registration dossiers.  They note that the scope of this stakeholder consultations is “is focused on technical provisions in the Annexes to REACH. The Commission proposal of possible amendment of the REACH Annexes is promised to be made in 2013, and will be accompanied by an Impact Assessment.”  This stakeholder consultation runs from 21 June to 13 September 2013 (12 weeks).

**Feed additives guidance - two public consultations launched
Under EU rules feed additive permits need renewing every ten years. The first such renewals will be evaluated by EFSA in 2015. EFSA is publicly consulting now on its draft guidance for the submission of feed additive renewals. Also launched is a draft guidance on Bacillus species used as microbial feed additives or enzymes. The deadline for comments on both drafts from the scientific community and stakeholders is 16 August.

**Views wanted on a refined oil
A US company has applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market a refined oil as a novel food ingredient in a range of foods. The oil is from a plant known as Buglossoides arvensis.  The company, Technology Crops International, plans to include refined oil from Bugglossoides arvensis seeds in a range of foods.  The applicant states that this refined oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The applicant mentions in its application, which can be found via the link towards the end of this page, that the oil could be consumed by people looking to increase their intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, who are unwilling or unable to consume fish oils.

**Food Law Code of Practice: views wanted
The Food Standards Agency has launched a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on proposed changes to the Food Law Code of Practice. The consultation runs until 17 September 2013.  The Food Law Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to local authorities on the way in which they should carry out official controls at food businesses and enforce food law.  The current consultation seeks the views of stakeholders on the following changes to the Code: Updating and clarifying the risk descriptors used to assign risk scores to food businesses in order to improve the consistency by officers in risk scoring; Improving the effectiveness of enforcement by redistributing the minimum inspection frequency of a number of businesses. This will allow local authorities to focus their enforcement resources on those businesses that are non-compliant with food law; and Streamlining enforcement by enabling the transfer of enforcement powers to a single enforcement body in a small group of food businesses where joint enforcement currently takes place.

**Approving the active substance geraniol
In accordance with Article 6(2) of Directive 91/414/EEC the United Kingdom received on 7 March 2008 an application from Eden Research PLC for the inclusion of the active substance geraniol 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 geraniol may be expected to satisfy requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC. It is therefore appropriate to approve geraniol.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Pasas de Málaga
Italy’s application to register the name ‘Pasas de Málaga’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Saucisse de Montbéliard
Pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006, France’s application to register the name ‘Saucisse de Montbéliard’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Approving a minor amendment protected designations of origin Miel de Sapin des Vosges
The commission has approved the amendments made by France to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Miel de Sapin des Vosges.’  ‘Miel de Sapin des Vosges’ is honey from honeydew collected by bees from Vosges fir trees.

**Approving non-minor amendments to protected geographical indications Ternasco de Aragón
The Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union as required by Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006. As no statement of objection under Article 7 of that Regulation has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification should be approved. 

**Approving a minor amendment to protected geographical indications Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by clarifying the role of thickening agents and other ingredients used in the manufacture of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.  The Commission has examined the amendments in question and decided that they are justified. Since this is a minor amendment, the Commission may adopt it without using the procedure set out in Articles 50 to 52 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Fraises de Nîmes
As no statement of objection under Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Fraises de Nîmes’ should therefore be entered in the register. 

**Protection of geographical indications ‘Liers vlaaike’
‘Liers vlaaike’ is a small, round cake which is approx. 3 cm deep, has a diameter of 5 to 6 cm and weighs approx. 45 g.  The cake consists of a base and a filling.

**Amendments to protection of designations of origin ‘Peras de Rincón de Soto’
Amendments have been made to the description of the product, geographical area, proof of origin, method of production, and other.  Peras de Rincón de Soto are pears from species Pyrus Communis L., of the Blanquilla and Conference varieties, classes ‘Extra’ and ‘I’, intended for consumption fresh.

**Amendments to on the protection of designations of origin for ‘Montes de Granada’
Amendments have been made to the geographical area, proof of origin, method of production, link, national requirements, and others.  The geographical production area for PDO ‘Montes de Granada’ has been extended to include a further 22 municipalities.  Montes de Granada is extra virgin olive oil obtained from healthy, ripe fruit of the olive tree (Olea europaea) of the principal varieties (Picual, Lucio and Loaime) and secondary varieties (Escarabajuelo, Negrillo de Iznalloz, Hojiblanca y Gordal de Granada) grown in the defined area.

**Scientific opinions

Safety of Cetyl Myristoleate Complex

Peer Review of the pesticide risk assessment of confirmatory data submitted for the active substance copper (I), copper (II) variants

Safety of ‘Rooster Combs Extract’

L-selenomethionine for all species

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance thiencarbazone-methyl

Refined exposure assessment of ethyl lauroyl arginate based on revised proposed uses as a food additive

Sample Size Considerations for Hierarchical Populations

Hostazym C chickens and piglets

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