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4 Dec 13

**FSA - Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity
**Authorising the placing on the market of rooster comb extract as a novel food ingredient
**Approving minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Banon (PDO)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Melocotón de Calanda (PDO)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Camembert de Normandie (PDO)
**Approving minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Fourme d’Ambert (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Saint-Marcellin (PGI)
**Call to lift temporary ban on desinewed meat
**Application for protection of geographical indications ‘Elbe-Saale Hopfen’ (PGI)
**Approving the active substance chlorantraniliprole
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Stakliškės (PGI)
**Approving the active substance sodium silver thiosulfate
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Pâté de Campagne Breton (PGI))
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar (PGI)
**Amendment- regarding the conditions of approval of the active substance ethoprophos
**Approving the active substance pyroxsulam
**Approving the active substance benalaxyl-M
**FSA want to find out how businesses find out about food regulation
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Waterford Blaa/Blaa (PGI)
**Regarding maximum residue levels for bitertanol, chlorfenvinphos, dodine and vinclozolin in or on certain products
**Amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers as regards information on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food
**Amending the conditions of approval of the active substance rape seed oil
**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Tepertős pogácsa (TSG)
**Amendments - Name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Riz de Camargue (PGI)
**Amendments - Name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Huile essentielle de lavande de Haute-Provence / Essence de lavande de Haute-Provence (PDO)
**Name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Chaource (PDO)
**Placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified (GM) maize, four related GM maizes combining three different single GM events and four related GM maizes combining two different single GM events
**Approving minor amendments to register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications Montasio (PDO)
**Investigations into the levels of acrylamide in food
**Approving non-minor amendments for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Sierra de Cádiz (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of geographical indications Gâche vendéenne (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Poulet des Cévennes / Chapon des Cévennes (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Carne de Bravo do Ribatejo (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Queso Los Beyos (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Lietuviškas varškės sūris (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Pan de Alfacar (PGI)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Volaille de Bresse/Poulet de Bresse/Poularde de Bresse/Chapon de Bresse (PDO)
**Regarding the conditions of approval of the active substance bifenox
**Scientific opinions

**FSA - Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity
The FSA has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Another caterer producing product lines free of the colours has been added to the list.

**Authorising the placing on the market of rooster comb extract as a novel food ingredient
On 25 October 2011 the competent food assessment body of the United Kingdom issued its initial assessment report. In that report it came to the conclusion that rooster comb extract for use in certain foods at the levels proposed by the applicant meets the criteria set out in Article 3(1) of Regulation (EC) No 258/97.  The Commission forwarded the initial assessment report to the other Member States and also EFSA.  On 31 May 2013 the Authority adopted a Scientific Opinion on the rooster comb extract, concluding that it is safe under the proposed uses and use levels.

**Approving minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Banon (PDO)
The Commission has examined France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Banon’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 641/2007 . The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by giving more detailed information on the proof of origin, the method of production, labelling, national requirements and the contact details of the structures responsible for monitoring the designation.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Melocotón de Calanda (PDO)
The Commission has examined Spain’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Melocotón de Calanda’.  As no statement of objection under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification should be approved.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Camembert de Normandie (PDO)
France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Camembert de Normandie’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96.   Since the amendments in question are not minor within the meaning of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union as required by Article 50(2)(a) of that Regulation.  As no statement of objection under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the amendments should be approved.

**Approving minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Fourme d’Ambert (PDO)
the Commission has examined France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Fourme d’Ambert’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1263/96.  The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by giving more detailed information on the proof of origin, the method of production, labelling, national requirements and the structures responsible for monitoring the designation.  The Commission has examined the amendments in question and concluded that they are justified.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Saint-Marcellin (PGI)
France’s application to register the name ‘Saint-Marcellin’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**Call to lift temporary ban on desinewed meat
Since April 2012, UK firms have not been allowed to produce desinewed beef and lamb, which is similar to minced meat.  The temporary ban came into placed after a legal disagreement between Defra and the European Commission.   The Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Anne McIntosh is calling on the Government to speed up action to lift the ban, noting that British producers have been left in legal limbo with jobs lost, meat wasted and prices pushed up as a result of the ban.  Secretary of State for Environment Owen Paterson MP notes that “there is no evidence of an increased risk to human health from eating meat produced from the DSM production process”.  He continues by stating: “There is currently no evidence to suggest a link between the moratorium on DSM and the horsemeat fraud,” he wrote, adding that “investigations carried out across Europe suggest that horsemeat fraud stems back some time before the ending of DSM production in the UK”. (Parliament-UK)

**Application for protection of geographical indications ‘Elbe-Saale Hopfen’ (PGI)
The protection under Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 being applied for in respect of the name of the hop plant from the Elbe-Saale hop-growing region applies only to dried female hop cones and the products obtained by processing them, i.e. type 90 and type 45 hop pellets and CO 2 and ethanol hop extracts.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Cozza di Scardovari (PDO)
Italy’s application to register the name ‘Cozza di Scardovari’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**Approving the active substance chlorantraniliprole
Ireland received on 2 February 2007 an application from DuPont de Nemours for the inclusion of the active substance chlorantraniliprole in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing chlorantraniliprole may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve chlorantraniliprole.

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

**Approving the active substance sodium silver thiosulfate
The Netherlands received on 27 January 2003 an application from Enhold B.V for the inclusion of the active substance sodium silver thiosulfate 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, in accordance with the provisions of Article 6(2) and (4) of Directive 91/414/EEC, for the uses proposed by the applicant. It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing sodium silver thiosulfate may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve sodium silver thiosulfate.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Pâté de Campagne Breton (PGI))
France’s application to register the name ‘Pâté de Campagne Breton’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar (PGI)
The United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Amendment- regarding the conditions of approval of the active substance ethoprophos
Commission Directive 2007/52/EC included ethoprophos as active substance in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC, under the condition that the Member States concerned ensure that the notifier at whose request ethoprophos was included in that Annex provides further confirmatory information in the form of studies on the risk for birds and earthworm eating mammals.  The notifier submitted additional information taking the form of studies concerning the risk for birds and earthworm eating mammals to the rapporteur Member State United Kingdom within the time period provided for its submission.  The United Kingdom assessed the additional information submitted by the notifier and submitted its assessment.  The Commission has come to the conclusion that the further confirmatory information showed that a high risk for birds and earthworm eating mammals cannot be excluded except by imposing further restrictions.   It is confirmed that the active substance ethoprophos is to be deemed to have been approved under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. In order to minimise the exposure of birds and earthworm eating mammals, it is, however, appropriate to further restrict the uses of this active substance and to provide for specific risk mitigation measures for the protection of those species.

**Approving the active substance spirotetramat
Austria received on 9 October 2006 an application from Bayer CropScience AG for the inclusion of the active substance spirotetramat.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing spirotetramat may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the use which was examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve spirotetramat.

**Approving the active substance pyroxsulam
The United Kingdom received on 28 February 2006 an application from Dow AgroSciences GmbH for the inclusion of the active substance pyroxsulam.  It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing pyroxsulam may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve pyroxsulam.

**Approving the active substance benalaxyl-M
Portugal received on 22 February 2002 an application from Isagro SpA for the inclusion of the active substance benalaxyl-M.  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 benalaxyl-M may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) and Article 5(3) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review report. It is therefore appropriate to approve benalaxyl-M. 

**FSA want to find out how businesses find out about food regulation
The FSA wants to know UK food businesses find out about food regulation. They will use the feedback to improve guidance and how they can keep businesses up to date. Businesses are invited to complete a short survey.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Waterford Blaa/Blaa (PGI)
Ireland’s application to register the name ‘Waterford Blaa’/‘Blaa’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Regarding maximum residue levels for bitertanol, chlorfenvinphos, dodine and vinclozolin 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 dodine on pome fruits, peaches, apricots, cherries, table olives and olives for oil production an application was made in accordance with Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 for modification of the existing MRLs.  In accordance with Article 6(2) and (4) of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 an application was made for dodine on bananas. The applicant claims that the authorised use of dodine on such crops in Northern, Central and South America leads to residues exceeding the MRL authorised under Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 and that a higher MRL is necessary to avoid trade barriers for the importation of bananas.  The United Kingdom submitted a request to the Authority to assess the risks the current MRL for bitertanol on bananas may pose, in the light of the acute reference dose (ARfD) for bitertanol, established in October 2010. For dodine, the Authority concluded that all requirements with respect to data were met and that the modifications to the MRLs requested by the applicant were acceptable.  For bitertanol, the Authority, in its opinion of 21 February 2012, identified an acute health concern for consumers and recommended lowering the MRL for bitertanol on bananas.  For vinclozolin, the model established by the Authority to assess acute and chronic risk shows that a high level of consumer protection is maintained. 

**Amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers as regards information on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food
Commission Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 sets out harmonised rules on the information that is provided to consumers on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food. Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council foresees the repeal of Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 from 20 July 2016.  Consumers should continue to be appropriately informed and not misled or confused when information on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in foods is provided by food business operators after the repeal of Regulation (EC) No 41/2009. It is therefore necessary to amend paragraph 3 of Article 36 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 in order to allow the Commission to establish uniform conditions for food information on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food that may be provided by food business operators,

**Amending the conditions of approval of the active substance rape seed oil
In conjunction with Article 6 thereof and in the light of current scientific and technical knowledge, it is necessary to amend the conditions of approval of rape seed oil as regards the maximum quantity for the toxicologically relevant impurity erucic acid.

**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Tepertős pogácsa (TSG)
Hungary’s application to register the name ‘Tepertős pogácsa’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  Germany and Austria notified statements of objection to the Commission in accordance with Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 509/2006. In accordance with paragraph 3 of that Article, the Commission examined the statements of objection and found them to be admissible.  As regards Germany, that agreement has resulted in the registration application being amended by deleting the references to the required flour quality parameters (BL55 and BL80).  For its part, Austria has accepted Hungary’s confirmation that the purpose of the registration application is to protect only the Hungarian name ‘Tepertős pogácsa’ as a traditional speciality guaranteed and that the application to register the Hungarian name ‘Tepertős pogácsa’ has no detrimental effect on products bearing the name ‘Grammelpogatsche’ and will not compromise the manufacture of the product marketed under the name ‘Grammelpogatsche’.  In the light of this information, the name ‘Tepertős pogácsa’ should be entered in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed and the specification should therefore be updated and published.

**Amendments - Name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Riz de Camargue (PGI)
The Commission has examined France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Riz de Camargue’.  Since the amendments in question are not minor within the meaning of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union as required by Article 50(2)(a) of that Regulation.  As no statement of objection under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification should be approved.

**Amendments - Name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Huile essentielle de lavande de Haute-Provence / Essence de lavande de Haute-Provence (PDO)
The Commission has examined France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Huile essentielle de lavande de Haute- Provence’ / ‘Essence de lavande de Haute-Provence’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96  as amended by Regulation (EC) No 828/2003.  Since the amendments in question are not minor within the meaning of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union as required by Article 50(2)(a) of that Regulation.  As no statement of objection under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the amendments should be approved

**Name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Chaource (PDO)
The Commission has examined France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Chaource’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96, as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1326/2008.  Since the amendments in question are not minor within the meaning of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union as required by Article 50 of that Regulation. As no statement of objection under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the amendments should be approved.

**Placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified (GM) maize, four related GM maizes combining three different single GM events and four related GM maizes combining two different single GM events
On 24 October 2008, Dow AgroSciences Ltd on behalf of Dow AgroSciences LLC and Monsanto Europe S.A. on behalf of Monsanto Company submitted to the competent authority of the Czech Republic an application, for the placing on the market of foods, food ingredients, and feed containing, consisting of, or produced from MON89034 × 1507 × MON88017 × 59122 maize. The application also covers all possible combinations of the single GM events constituting MON89034 × 1507 × MON88017 × 59122 maize.  The application also covers the placing on the market of products other than food and feed containing or consisting of these GM maizes for the same uses as any other maize with the exception of cultivation. 

**Approving minor amendments to register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications Montasio (PDO)
The Commission has examined Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Montasio.’  The purpose of the application is to amend the specification by clarifying the production method.  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.

**Amended application for protection of designations of origin ‘Queso de Murcia’
‘Queso de Murcia’ is a fatty cheese with a pressed body, which is washed and not cooked.  Amendments have been made to the description of the product, proof of origin, method of production, link, labelling, and national requirements.

**Investigations into the levels of acrylamide in food
The organisation FoodDrinkEurope, which represents the European food and drink industry, developed a ‘toolbox’ containing tools that can be used selectively by food producers in line with their particular needs to lower acrylamide levels in their products. In addition short brochures containing information about the most important tools for each sector were developed. That activity was supported by and contributed to by regulators.  Acrylamide levels in some foodstuffs appeared to be significantly higher than the levels in comparable products of the same product category. Therefore the Commission considered it appropriate that Member States’ competent authorities carry out investigations by examining the production and processing methods used by food business operators.  The monitoring results for the years 2007 to 2010 have been compiled by the European Food Safety Authority (‘EFSA’) in the Scientific Report on ‘Update on acrylamide levels in food from monitoring years 2007-2010’ (of 18 October 2012. EFSA concluded that there was no consistent trend across food groups towards lower levels of acrylamide and that a decrease in acrylamide levels was shown in only a few food categories while in other food categories an increase in the levels could be observed.  On the basis of the results of the investigations obtained during the years 2011 and 2012 and on the basis of the monitoring results obtained pursuant to Recommendations 2007/331/EC and 2010/307/EU, it is appropriate to modify certain indicative values provided for in the Annex to the 2011 Recommendation.

**Approving non-minor amendments for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Sierra de Cádiz (PDO)
Spain’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Sierra de Cádiz’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 205/2005.  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(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.

**Entering a name in the register of geographical indications Gâche vendéenne (PGI)
France’s application to register the name ‘Gâche vendéenne’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Poulet des Cévennes / Chapon des Cévennes (PGI)
France’s application to register the name ‘Poulet des Cévennes’ / ‘Chapon des Cévennes’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Carne de Bravo do Ribatejo (PDO)
Portugal’s application to register the name ‘Carne de Bravo do Ribatejo’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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

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

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Queso Los Beyos (PGI)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Queso Los Beyos’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Lietuviškas varškės sūris (PGI)
Lithuania’s application to register the name ‘Lietuviškas varškės sūris’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Pan de Alfacar (PGI)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Pan de Alfacar’ 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 geographical indications Arancia Rossa di Sicilia (PGI)
Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Arancia Rossa di Sicilia’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96.

**Approving a non-minor amendment to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Miel de Corse – Mele di Corsica (PDO)
Approval of an amendment to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Miel de Corse – Mele di Corsica’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1187/2000.  Since the amendment in question is not minor within the meaning of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union as required by Article 50(2)(a) of that Regulation. 

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Melva de Andalucía (PGI)
Spain's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Melva de Andalucía’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 289/2009. 

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of  protected geographical indications [Piment d’Espelette/Piment d’Espelette – Ezpeletako Biperra (PDO)]
France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Piment d’Espelette’/‘Piment d’Espelette – Ezpeletako Biperra’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1495/2002.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Volaille de Bresse/Poulet de Bresse/Poularde de Bresse/Chapon de Bresse (PDO)
France’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Volaille de Bresse’/‘Poulet de Bresse’/‘Poularde de Bresse’/‘Chapon de Bresse’ registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/96  as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1509/2000.  The purpose of the application is to amend the specification as regards the name, the product description, proof of origin, the method of production, labelling, national requirements and the contact details of the group and of the inspection authorities.

**Regarding the conditions of approval of the active substance bifenox
Belgium submitted a request to the Commission to review the approval of bifenox in the light of new scientific and technical knowledge.   That information concerned formation of nitrofen resulting from the application of bifenox.  Belgium assessed the information submitted by the notifier. It submitted its assessment, in the form of an addendum to the draft assessment report, to the other Member States, the Commission and the European Food Safety Authority, hereinafter ‘the Authority’, on 21 March 2013.  In the light of that information the Commission considered that there are indications that bifenox no longer satisfies the approval criteria provided for in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.  The Commission has come to the conclusion that, given the fact that under certain environmental conditions the use of bifenox has the potential to form nitrofen a risk for the environment cannot be excluded except by imposing further restrictions.  When assessing applications for authorisation of plant protection products, Member States should pay particular attention to the potential of bifenox to form nitrofen and impose restrictions as regards the conditions of use, where appropriate.

**Scientific opinions

Supporting the prolongation of prohibition of the placing on the market of maize MON 863 for food and feed purposes in Austria

Health risks associated with phosphate additives in food

Review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for dimoxystrobin

Maintenance of the list of QPS biological agents (2013 update)

Assessment of Echinococcus multilocularis

Modification of the existing MRL for mandipropamid in tomato

Flavouring Group Evaluation 24, Revision 2

Statement on maize 59122 for cultivation

PET recycling processes based on EREMA Advanced technology

PET recycling processes based on EREMA Basic technology

Flavouring Group Evaluation 24, Revision 2

Modification of the existing MRL for mandipropamid on tomato

Flavouring Group Evaluation 76, Revision 1

Flavouring Group Evaluation 93, Revision 1

Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Streptomyces lydicus WYEC 108  

Assessment of one published review on health risks associated with phosphate additives in food

Scientific Opinion on a request from the European Commission for the assessment of the new scientific elements supporting the prolongation of prohibition of the placing on the market of maize MON 863 for food and feed purposes in Austria

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for fluopicolide in hops and certain root and tuber vegetables

Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for indoxacarb in beans (with pods) and mustard seed

Reasoned opinion on the import tolerance for glyphosate in genetically modified oilseed rape

Diacetyl

Safety evaluation of Ephedra species

Modification of the existing MRLs for dicamba in herbs and certain herbal infusions

Statement of EFSA on host plants, entry and spread pathways and risk reduction options for Xylella fastidiosa Wells et al.

Safety evaluation of a number of processes based on EREMA Basic technology used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

Relevance of dissimilar mode of action

Monitoring slaughter of bovines

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