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25 Sept 13

**Amendments to the application for protection of geographical indications ‘Melon Du Haut-Poitou’
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Trote del Trentino (PGI)
**FSA - Feed Law Code of Practice: your views wanted
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Aceite de Lucena (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Aceite de Navarra (PDO)
**Total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports growth
**Approving minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Amarene Brusche di Modena (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Oignon de Roscoff (PDO)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Chufa de Valencia (PDO)
**FSA – publishes new research on allergy information
**Approving a minor amendment for protected designations of origin Salame Brianza (PDO)
**EFSA Info Session on Applications – Technical meeting on the reporting of human studies submitted for the scientific substantiation of health claims
**Scientific opinions

**Amendments to the application for protection of geographical indications ‘Melon Du Haut-Poitou’
Amendments have been made to the description, geographical area, method of production, labelling and national requirements.  The applicant group wishes, now that the PGI has been in existence for more than 13 years (Regulation (EC) No 2784/98 of 22 December 1998), to both update its Specification and align it with national texts, and to accentuate the link with the area to which the PGI relates.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind (PDO)
Germany’s application to register the name ‘Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Trote del Trentino (PGI)
Italy’s application to register the name ‘Trote del Trentino’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**FSA - Feed Law Code of Practice: your views wanted
The Food Standards Agency has launched a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on proposed changes to the Feed Law Code of Practice. The consultation runs until 12 December 2013.  The Feed Law Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to local authorities on the way in which they should carry out official controls at feed businesses and enforce feed law.  The current consultation seeks view of stakeholders on a number of improvements to the way animal feed enforcement is delivered: movement from a single code of practice to individual country-specific codes of practice, introduction of competency-based authorisations for officers in local authorities. This will increase the quality and consistency of official controls while giving local authorities greater flexibility and efficiency in their use of resources and an extended scheme of earned recognition that drives fully risk-based official inspection frequency and recognises good business compliance with feed law.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Aceite de Lucena (PDO)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Aceite de Lucena’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Aceite de Navarra (PDO)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Aceite de Navarra’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**Total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports growth
Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is reporting that in the first half of 2013, total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew by 2.5% to £6.1billion. FDF is a key partner in the launch of the Open To Export Food & Drink Focus Week, a programme of online activity to support food and drink companies in developing export business.  Although 2013 began slowly with food and non-alcoholic drinks exports down by 3.4% in Q1, this was offset by strong Q2 growth (+9%) – exports in June alone were up over 13%. Exports to the EU27 showed positive signs (+1%) though this was eclipsed by continued high growth to non-EU markets, up 7.5%. China leapt up ten places to enter the top 10 markets for food and drink companies, which was mainly due to the increase in British pork exports (+591%).  Value added foods were up in both EU (+4.9%) and non-EU markets (+8.2%), and sweet biscuits performed particularly strongly (+14.2%). Against a difficult backdrop with cumulative UK exports down by 3.3%, food and non-alcoholic drink exports have performed solidly, showing a 2.5% increase compared to the same period last year.  

**Approving minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Amarene Brusche di Modena (PGI)
The Commission has examined Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Amarene Brusche di Modena.’ The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by indicating the sugar content of the fruit at the time of picking and during processing as well as the amount of sugar (saccharose) that may be added before the concentration process and by authorising containers using formats and materials different from those provided for at the time of registration. The Commission has examined the amendments in question and decided that they are justified. Since the amendments are minor within the meaning of the third subparagraph of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the Commission may approve them without following the procedure set out in Articles 50 to 52 of the Regulation.

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

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Chufa de Valencia (PDO)
The Commission has examined Spain's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin 'Chufa de Valencia.’  Since the amendments in question are not minor, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of objection has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification should be approved.

**FSA – publishes new research on allergy information
Research, published by the FSA, provides insights into the provision of information on food allergens used as ingredients on foods that are not prepacked.  Under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) (No.1169/2011), allergen information will have to be provided on all foods containing any of the 14 allergens as ingredients (whether sold prepacked or not). The new rules will apply from 13 December 2014.  The study was carried out by the Policy Studies Institute and IFF Research. It involved telephone surveys of 1,666 UK food businesses and follow-up in-depth telephone interviews with a subset of 25 food businesses selling foods that had not been prepacked (for example, foods sold in restaurants, sandwich shops, hotels, bakers, delicatessens, contract caterers). The study found that:  20% of the food businesses were aware of the new EU FIC allergen requirements and 60% of food businesses approached already had a policy on the provision of allergen information.

**Approving a minor amendment for protected designations of origin Salame Brianza (PDO)
The Commission has examined Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Salame Brianza’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96.  The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by specifying the production method, labelling, and adjustments to the rules in force, in particular with regard to monitoring. The Commission has examined the amendment in question and decided that it is justified.

**EFSA Info Session on Applications – Technical meeting on the reporting of human studies submitted for the scientific substantiation of health claims
The objective of this meeting on 20 November is to discuss with scientists the information required for a full scientific evaluation of human studies submitted for the scientific substantiation of health claims (i.e. the requirements for the compilation and reporting of human studies investigating the relationship between the consumption of the food/constituent for which the claim is requested and the claimed effect, which should be complete, unambiguous and well organised, to allow a full scientific evaluation by the NDA Panel). This meeting will NOT address the scientific requirements for the substantiation of health claims, either in general or in relation to specific areas.

**Scientific Opinions

Modification of the existing MRLs for fenpropimorph in various commodities

Peer Review of the pesticide risk assessment of confirmatory data submitted for the active substance lenacil

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

Modification of the existing MRLs for spirotetramat in various crops

Review of the existing MRLs for flutolanil

Scientific opinion on emergency measure from Italy on GM maize MON 810

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