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23 Oct 13

**New regulations on contaminants, food additives, flavourings, enzymes and extraction solvents
**Regulation 882/2004: FSA want your views
**Concerning a financial contribution by the Union to certain Member States to support voluntary surveillance studies on honeybee colony losses for the season 2013–2014
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for protected geographical indications Emmental français est- central (PGI)
**MRL for 8-hydroxyquinoline, cyproconazole, cyprodinil, fluopyram, nicotine, pendimethalin, penthiopyrad and trifloxystrobin in or on certain products
**Regulation 882/2004: FSA want your views
**The Advertising Standards Authority upholds two TV adverts for Flora Pro-Activ
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Fenland Celery
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Carn d’Andorra
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Pasta di Gragnano
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Μεσσαρά (Messara)
**Approving a minor amendment to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (Nürnberger Bratwürste/Nürnberger Rostbratwürste
**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Sklandrausis (TSG)
**Amendment regarding certain flavouring substances
**FSA - Discussion on future EU food regulations
**Scientific opinions

**New regulations on contaminants, food additives, flavourings, enzymes and extraction solvents
New regulations on contaminants in food, and on food additives, flavourings, enzymes and extraction solvents, will come into force on 31 October 2013 in England. Parallel legislation will be established in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Food Standards Agency)

**Regulation 882/2004: FSA want your views
The Food Standards Agency has launched a consultation on European Commission proposals to replace EU regulation 882/2004 on official controls for feed and food law, which sets out how businesses’ compliance with the law should be monitored and enforced. We want your views to help inform the UK Government response.  The proposed changes to EU Regulation 882/2004 would potentially affect all organisations involved in the production, manufacture, supply and regulation of food, feed, live animals, plants and plant reproductive material.

**Concerning a financial contribution by the Union to certain Member States to support voluntary surveillance studies on honeybee colony losses for the season 2013–2014
The Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on honeybee health gives an overview of the Commission’s actions already undertaken and ongoing as regards honeybee health in the EU.  The main subject issue of the Communication is the increased mortality of bees observed worldwide.   In order to improve the availability of data on bee mortality the Commission decided to assist and support certain surveillance studies in Member States on honeybee losses.  Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom have drawn up voluntary surveillance study programs on honeybee colony losses in line with the technical document ‘Basis for a pilot surveillance project on honey bee colony losses’ and have requested EU financial support.  A financial contribution should be granted as from 1 July 2013 to the voluntary surveillance study programs on honeybee colony losses implemented by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for protected geographical indications Emmental français est- central (PGI)
The Commission has examined France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Emmental français est-central’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96.  Since the amendments in question are not minor, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union, as required by Article 6 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.

**MRL for 8-hydroxyquinoline, cyproconazole, cyprodinil, fluopyram, nicotine, pendimethalin, penthiopyrad and trifloxystrobin in or on certain products
Amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for 8-hydroxyquinoline, cyproconazole, cyprodinil, fluopyram, nicotine, pendimethalin, penthiopyrad and trifloxystrobin in or on certain products.   In the context of a procedure for the authorisation of the use of a plant protection product containing the active substance 8-hydroxyquinoline on tomatoes, an application was made in accordance with Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 for modification of the existing MRL.  As regards cyproconazole, such an application was made for mustard seed and gold of pleasure. As regards cyprodinil, such an application was made for radishes and cucurbits (inedible peel). As regards pendimethalin, such an application was made for salsify, celeriac, swedes, turnips, celery and herbal infusions (roots). As regards trifloxystrobin, such an application was made for beans (with pods). 

**Regulation 882/2004: FSA want your views
The Food Standards Agency has launched a consultation on European Commission proposals to replace EU regulation 882/2004 on official controls for feed and food law, which sets out how businesses’ compliance with the law should be monitored and enforced. We want your views to help inform the UK Government response.  The proposed changes to EU Regulation 882/2004 would 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 proposed changes are also intended to support more sustainable and effective control systems across European Union member states.

**The Advertising Standards Authority upholds two TV adverts for Flora Pro-Activ
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld two TV adverts for Flora Pro-Activ after two complainants challenged the claim “no other food lowers cholesterol more.”  Unilever UK Ltd responding by saying that “the following foods were known to lower cholesterol: plant sterols, plant stanols were the most efficacious in lowering cholesterol and that, on average consuming 2 g of plant sterols or stanols daily could lower LDL-cholesterol levels by 10%.”  They also noting that EU Register of nutrition and health claims for foods confirmed that plant sterols were authorised to make a claim to lower cholesterol with an effect of7-10% with a daily consumption of 1.5 -2.4 g over a period of 2-3 weeks, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.  The ASA  state: “Because the wording of the authorised health claim used in the ads omitted important information and because the ads contained a comparative claim that was not justified by the claims authorisation or listed as a separate authorised claim, we concluded that the ads breached the Code. The ads breached BCAP Code rules 13.4 (Food, food supplements and associated health or nutritional claims) and 13.4.2 (EU Register).”

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Fenland Celery
The United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘Fenland Celery’ 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, the name ‘Fenland Celery’ should therefore be entered in the register.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Carn d’Andorra
The Principality of Andorra’s application to register the name ‘Carn d’Andorra’ 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. 

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Pasta di Gragnano
Italy’s application to register the name ‘Pasta di Gragnano’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Pasta di Gragnano’ should therefore be entered in the register.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Μεσσαρά (Messara)
Greece’s application to register the name ‘Μεσσαρά’ (Messara) 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, the name ‘Μεσσαρά’ (Messara) should therefore be entered in the register.

**Approving a minor amendment to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (Nürnberger Bratwürste/Nürnberger Rostbratwürste)
The Commission has examined the application from Germany for the approval of an amendment to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Nürnberger Bratwürste’/‘Nürnberger Rostbratwürste’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1257/2003.  The application concerns the amendment to the description of the product.  The Commission has examined the amendment in question and decided that it is justified. Since the amendment is minor, the Commission may approve it without recourse to the procedure laid down in Articles 50 to 52 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012.

**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Sklandrausis (TSG)
Latvia’s application to register the name ‘Sklandrausis’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union .  As no statement of objection under Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 509/2006 has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Sklandrausis’ should therefore be entered in the register.

**Amendment regarding certain flavouring substances
The European Food Safety Authority has completed the assessment of 23 substances which are currently listed as flavouring substances under evaluation. Those flavouring substances were assessed by the EFSA. The EFSA concluded that those flavouring substances do not give rise to safety concerns at the estimated levels of dietary intakes.   After publication of the Union list, certain errors have been identified in that list. Those errors are related to names, CAS-numbers, JECFA-numbers or secondary components of the followings substances: FL Nos 02.093, 02.110, 05.085, 08.004, 09.016, 09.131, 09.132, 09.266, 09.578, 09.596, 09.880, 12.075, 12.086, 12.273, 13.028, 13.190, 14.067 and 17.015. The errors should be corrected. Part A of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 should therefore be amended and corrected accordingly. The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.

**FSA - Discussion on future EU food regulations
The Food Standards Agency has joined with the Lithuanian Embassy in the UK to host the Lithuanian EU Presidency event to discuss how future European food business regulation might look.  The conference, entitled ‘Food safety, risk and modern supply networks’, will be held at the Lithuanian Embassy on 24 October at 3pm. There will be presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the FSA, retailers, manufacturers and the media, with the keynote address given by Michael Scannell, Director of the Food and Veterinary Service at the European Commission. The meeting will be chaired by Awilo Ochieng Pernet, Vice-Chair of the international food standards setting body Codex Alimentarius.

**Scientific opinions

Tropane alkaloids in food and feed

Stagonosporopsis chrysanthemi pest risk assessment

Pollen import risk assessment

The risk to plant health posed by Arabis mosaic virus, Raspberry ringspot virus, Strawberry latent ringspot virus and Tomato black ring virus

Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for benalaxyl

Modification of the existing MRLs for picloram in rape seed and mustard seed

Review of the existing MRLs for iprodione

Guidance for the renewal of authorisations

Re-evaluation of riboflavin (E 101(i)) and riboflavin-5′-phosphate sodium (E 101(ii)) as food additives

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