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18 Dec 13

**Protection of geographical indications Noisette de Cervione — Nuciola di Cervioni
**FSA - Smoke flavouring legislation published
**Approving non-minor amendments to protected designations of origin Cítricos Valencianos/Cítrics Valencians (PDO)
**Register of protected designations of origin Aceto balsamico tradizionale di Reggio Emilia (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Puruveden Muikku (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Valašský frgál (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Holsteiner Tilsiter (PGI)
**Amending and corrections regarding certain food additives
**Scientific opinions

**Protection of geographical indications Noisette de Cervione — Nuciola di Cervioni
‘Noisette de Cervione — Nuciola di Cervioni’ is obtained from the Fertile de Coutard variety of the Corylus avellana genus.  ‘Noisette de Cervione — Nuciola di Cervioni’ is not uniform in appearance. It has dark and light striations running along the shell from the cupule towards the tip. The dark colours near the cupule become lighter towards the tip as the pubescence increases.

**FSA - Smoke flavouring legislation published
Legislation controlling the use of smoke flavourings has been published and will apply from 1 January 2014. Food manufacturers will need to comply with the new rules from 1 January 2015.  This legislation, published in the Official Journal of the European Union , lists the 10 smoke flavouring primary products that can be used in food, and the conditions of use. These include maximum permitted levels and the foods to which they can be added. All the smoke flavourings included in the positive list have been evaluated for safety by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). (FSA)

**Approving non-minor amendments to protected designations of origin Cítricos Valencianos/Cítrics Valencians (PDO)
The Commission has examined Spain’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Cítricos Valencianos/Cítrics Valencians’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2003.  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.

**Register of protected designations of origin Aceto balsamico tradizionale di Reggio Emilia (PDO)
Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Aceto balsamico tradizionale di Reggio Emilia’, registered under Council Regulation (EC) No 813/2000.  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.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Puruveden Muikku (PGI)
Finland’s application to register the name ‘Puruveden Muikku’ 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 ‘Puruveden Muikku’ should therefore be entered in the register.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Valašský frgál (PGI)
Czech Republic’s application to register the name ‘Valašský frgál’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  lation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Valašský frgál’ should therefore be entered in the register.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Holsteiner Tilsiter (PGI)
Germany’s application to register the name ‘Holsteiner Tilsiter’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  It emerges from consultations that the objecting parties’ main concern relates to the status of the terms ‘Tilsit’ and ‘Tilsiter’ only, the latter being contained in the composite name ‘Holsteiner Tilsiter’. However, the protection sought by the producer relates only to the said composite name as a whole. Pursuant to the last subparagraph of Article 13(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, the names ‘Tilsit’ and ‘Tilsiter’ may continue to be used within the territory of the Union provided that the principles and rules applicable under the Union’s legal system are complied with.  The name ‘Holsteiner Tilsiter’ should therefore be entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.

**Amending and corrections regarding certain food additives
Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 lays down a Union list of food additives approved for use in foods and their conditions of use.  Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 lays down a Union list of food additives approved for use in food additives, food enzymes, flavourings, nutrients and their conditions of use.  Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 lays down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008.  Amendments have been made to renaming to the colour ‘Brilliant Black BN, Black PN’ (E 151) , the definition of the food additive Algal Carotenes , correcting errors in the specifications for Calcium Bisulphite (E 227) and Potassium Bisulphite (E 228), the dual name of Microcrystalline Cellulose and Cellulose Gel, the food additive ‘Carboxy methyl cellulose, Sodium carboxy methyl cellulose, cellulose gum (E 466) should be renamed as ‘Sodium carboxy methyl cellulose, Cellulose gum.

**Scientific opinions

Modification of the existing MRLs for phosmet in citrus fruit, pome fruit and rape seed

Potential establishment of the apple snail in the EU

Statement complementing the scientific opinion on soybean MON 87705 oil

Maximum levels of deoxynivalenol in certain cereal products

Carbapenem resistance in food animal ecosystems

Developmental neurotoxicity potential of acetamiprid and imidacloprid

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

Field trials for bovine tuberculosis vaccination

Modification of the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for acetamiprid in apricots and tree nuts

Review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for azoxystrobin according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Re-evaluation of aspartame (E 951) as a food additive

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