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15 Jan 14

**Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity
**Regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin, as regards the substance butafosfan
**Amending maximum residue limits in foodstuffs as regards the substance chloroform
**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Žemaitiškas kastinys (TSG)
**Amendment to application for protection of designations of origin ‘Bleu De Gex Haut-Jura’/‘Bleu De Septmoncel’
**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Salinātā rudzu rupjmaize (TSG)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Antep Baklavası/Gaziantep Baklavası (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Τοματάκι Σαντορίνης (Tomataki Santorinis) (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Yorkshire Wensleydale (PGI)
**Scientific opinions

**Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity
The Food Standards Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Another manufacturer and another caterer producing product lines free of the colours have been added to the list. The product lines of Yorvale Ltd and Tillery Valley Foods are free from the six colours.

**Regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs as regards the substance butafosfan
Butafosfan is currently included in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 as an allowed substance for bovine species, while establishing the absence of the need to establish an MRL.  An application for the extension of the existing entry for butafosfan applicable to porcine species has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency.  The CVMP recommended the extrapolation of the evaluation results of butafosfan from bovine and porcine species to all mammalian food-producing species.  The entry for butafosfan in Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should therefore be amended to include the substance butafosfan for all mammalian food-producing species, while establishing the absence of the need to establish an MRL.

**Amending maximum residue limits in foodstuffs as regards the substance chloroform
Chloroform is currently included in Table 2 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 as a prohibited substance.  An application for the establishment of maximum residue limits for chloroform in all ruminants and porcine species has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (‘CVMP’) recommended that there is no need to establish an MRL for chloroform for all ruminants and porcine species.   For the protection of human health it has to be ensured that consumer exposure to residues will remain below the acceptable daily intake, as specified in Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 470/2009. Therefore, it is necessary to restrict the use of chloroform to excipients in vaccines and to limit the amount of the substance that can be administered.  According to Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 the European Medicines Agency is to consider using MRLs established for a pharmacologically active substance in a particular foodstuff for another foodstuff derived from the same species, or MRLs established for a pharmacologically active substance in one or more species for another species.  Table 1 of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should be amended to include the substance chloroform for all mammalian food producing species, while establishing the absence of the need to establish a MRL, and the entry for chloroform in Table 2 of that Annex should be deleted.

**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Žemaitiškas kastinys (TSG)
Lithuania’s application to register the name ‘Žemaitiškas kastinys’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

**Amendments to application for protection of designations of origin ‘Bleu De Gex Haut-Jura’/‘Bleu De Septmoncel’
Amendments to the application for PDO ‘Bleu De Gex Haut-Jura’/‘Bleu De Septmoncel’
 have been made to the description of the product, proof of origin, method of production, link, labelling, and national requirements. 

**Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed Salinātā rudzu rupjmaize (TSG)
Latvia’s application to register the name ‘Salinātā rudzu rupjmaize’ 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 ‘Salinātā rudzu rupjmaize’ should therefore be entered in the register.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Antep Baklavası/Gaziantep Baklavası (PGI)
The application of Gaziantep Sanayi Odasi (Chamber of Commerce of Gaziantep) to register the name ‘Antep Baklavası’/‘Gaziantep Baklavası’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Τοματάκι Σαντορίνης (Tomataki Santorinis) (PDO)
Greece’s application to register the name ‘Τοματάκι Σαντορίνης’ (Tomataki Santorinis) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Yorkshire Wensleydale (PGI)
The United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘Yorkshire Wensleydale’ 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 Liquirizia di Calabria (PDO)
The Commission has examined Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Liquirizia di Calabria’, registered under Commission Regulation (EU) No 1072/2011.  As no statement of opposition under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification should be approved.

**Scientific opinions

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

Review of the existing MRLs for methoxyfenozide

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance DE-126

Scientific Opinion on monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for poultry

Scientific Opinion on monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for sheep and goats

Review of the existing MRLs for fenhexamid

Non digestible carbohydrates and reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses

Iron and contribution to normal formation of haemoglobin and red blood cells

Barley soup “Orzotto” and protection of blood lipids from oxidative damage

Substantiation of a health claim related to iodine and contribution to normal cognitive development

Substantiation of a health claim related to vitamin C and increasing non haem iron absorption

Modification of the existing MRLs for metaldehyde in certain legume vegetables and pulses

L. brevis (DSM 23231) for all species

A combination of diosmin, troxerutin and hesperidin and venous permeability

Substantiation of a health claim related to a combination of diosmin, troxerutin and hesperidin and maintenance of normal venous tone

New MRLs for azinphos-methyl in apples and pears

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