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9 Oct 13

**'Food is GREAT' campaign and Food and Drink Action Plan launched
**Protection of designations of origin ‘Strachitunt’
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Bamberger Hörnla/Bamberger Hörnle/Bamberger Hörnchen
**FSA - views wanted on algal oil
**FSA - views wanted on novel food ingredient 1-MNA
**Amended application for protection of designations of origin ‘Pomme De Terre De L’île De Ré’
**Application for protection of geographical indications ‘Lammefjordskartofler’
**Amended application for protection of geographical indications ‘Nocciola di Giffoni’
**Application for protected geographical indications ‘Bornheimer Spargel’/‘Spargel aus dem Anbaugebiet Bornheim’
**Scientific opinions

**'Food is GREAT' campaign and Food and Drink Action Plan launched
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has launched 'Food is GREAT' campaign and Food and Drink Action Plan. A press release reports that one thousand British food and drink firms will benefit from a new exports action plan which aims to deliver a £500m boost to the UK economy.  Delivered by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food and Drink International Action Plan will raise UK exports to £1 trillion and to get 100,000 more UK companies exporting. 90% of small and medium sized businesses are currently not exporting. Food has also been officially launched as one of the GREAT marketing campaign pillars. The GREAT campaign showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer in order to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK. Through the GREAT campaign UKTI will deliver a two year programme of activity showcasing the British food and drink industry to markets including Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macao, China, USA and Europe. (Defra)

**Protection of designations of origin ‘Strachitunt’
Italy have applied for PDO for ‘Strachitunt’. ‘Strachitunt’ is a blue cheese made from raw whole cow’s milk using the ancient dual-curd technique and matured for a medium to long period of at least 75 days.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Bamberger Hörnla/Bamberger Hörnle/Bamberger Hörnchen
Germany's application to register the name 'Bamberger Hörnla'/'Bamberger Hörnle'/'Bamberger Hörnchen' was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  The Association 'Arche Noah', based in Schiltern in Austria, objected to the registration of that name. In accordance with Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 the Commission nevertheless considered that objection inadmissible, since it was sent directly to the Commission, which was in breach of the second subparagraph of Article 7(2) of that Regulation, which requires objections to be sent via the relevant national authorities. The name 'Bamberger Hörnla'/'Bamberger Hörnle'/'Bamberger Hörnchen' should therefore be entered in the register.

**FSA - views wanted on algal oil
A company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to widen the use of algal oil under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97. Views are wanted on the company’s application. The deadline for sending comments is Sunday 20 October 2013.  This is the sixth full application the FSA has received for oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids extracted from the microalgae Schizochytrium sp.  This oil, which is rich in the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is extracted from a newly isolated strain of the microalgae, and the company, DSM Nutritional Products, proposes to use the oil primarily as a source of DHA in infant and follow on formula.  The DHA that is currently used in infant formula is typically extracted from tuna fish oil or from a microalgae, Crypthecodinium cohnii.

**FSA - views wanted on novel food ingredient 1-MNA
A Polish company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to market 1-methylnicotinamide chloride (1-MNA) as a novel food ingredient. Views are wanted on the company's application. The deadline for comments is Monday 21 October 2013.  1-MNA is naturally formed in the human body during the metabolism of niacin (vitamin B3). The company, Pharmena SE, wants to include synthetic 1-MNA in food supplements to reduce risk factors related to the progression of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is disease that causes artery walls to thicken as a result of the build up of fatty acids. Claims for this use of 1-MNA will require approval under European Union (EU) nutrition and health claims legislation.

**Amended application for protection of designations of origin ‘Pomme De Terre De L’île De Ré’
Amendments have been made to the description of the product, proof of origin, method of production, labelling and national requirements.  The ‘Pomme de terre de l’île de Ré’ is an early potato under 70 mm in size.  Potatoes qualifying for the protected designation of origin ‘Pomme de terre de l’île de Ré’ must come from the edible varieties of potatoes (Alcmaria, Goulvena, Pénélope, Starlette or Carrera) or the edible varieties of potatoes with firm flesh (Amandine, BF15, Charlotte or Roseval).

**Application for protection of geographical indications ‘Lammefjordskartofler’
Denmark has applied for PGI for Lammefjordskartofler.  Lammefjord potatoes are characterised by the fact that their skin is thin and much smoother and shinier than that of potatoes grown elsewhere. Their thin skin distinguishes Lammefjord potatoes from other ware potatoes in that they can be eaten with the skin on.

**Amended application for protection of geographical indications ‘Nocciola di Giffoni’
Italy has amended its application for PGI Nocciola di Giffoni.  Amendments have been made to the product description, proof of origin, labelling and method of production.  The new wording specifies that the name also applies to shelled hazelnuts and hazelnuts that have been roasted (shelled and unshelled) and peeled.

**Application for protected geographical indications ‘Bornheimer Spargel’/‘Spargel aus dem Anbaugebiet Bornheim’
‘Bornheimer Spargel’/‘Spargel aus dem Anbaugebiet Bornheim’ — hereinafter referred to simply as ‘Bornheimer Spargel’ — is Asparagus officinalis. Asparagus from the Bornheim area is mainly picked after 4 to 10 growing seasons.

**Scientific opinions

E. faecium (NCIMB 10415, DSM 22502, ATCC 53519 and 55593) for all animal species

Modification of the existing MRLs for folpet in table grapes

Modification of the existing MRLs for isopyrazam in various vegetables

Updated revision of the Norwegian annual monitoring programme for BSE

Analysis of occurrence of 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) in food in Europe in the years 2009-2011 and preliminary exposure assessment

Modification of MRLs for flubendiamide on strawberries

Statement in response to the comments submitted by the US phytosanitary authorities

Scientific opinion for the (continued) marketing of food and feed products derived from maize T25

Scientific Opinion on application EFSA-GMO-NL-2011-93 for the placing on the market of the herbicide-tolerant genetically modified soybean MON 87708

Scientific opinion on the characterisation of zinc compound ‘Zinc chelate of amino acids, hydrate (Availa®Zinc)’ as a feed additive for all animal species

Scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of concentrated liquid L-lysine (base), concentrated liquid L-lysine monohydrochloride and L-lysine monohydrochloride

Scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of L-tryptophan produced by Escherichia coli

Scientific opinion on the efficacy and safety of Quantum® Blue (6-phytase) as a feed additive for poultry (except laying hens) and pigs

Scientific Opinion on (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid, glucosamine salt as a source of folate added for nutritional purposes to food supplements

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for cyazofamid in grapes

Updated revision of the Norwegian annual monitoring programme for BSE

Review of the existing MRLs for benalaxyl

Review of the existing MRLs for cyprodinil

Modification of MRLs for flubendiamide on strawberries

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