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**Amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 regarding the use of sulphur dioxide — sulphites (E 220-228) in aromatised wine-based products
**Application for protection of geographical indications ‘Havarti’ (PGI)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Třeboňský kapr (PGI)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Terra d’Otranto (PDO)
**Consultation - The Meat Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014
**EFSA - Public Consultation on a draft Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for iodine **Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Miel de Tenerife (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Châtaigne d'Ardèche (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Dithmarscher Kohl (PGI)
**Defra - UK’s Protected Food Names boost EU economy and increase jobs
**FSA researchers required - Use of spotters to help official meat inspection in slaughterhouses
**EFSA - Public Consultation on a draft Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for iodine
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Anglesey Sea Salt/Halen Môn (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications West Country Lamb (PGI)
**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications West Country Beef (PGI)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Κονσερβολιά Ροβιών (Konservolia Rovion) (PDO)
**Health claim: the effects of sugar beet fibre on the increase of faecal bulk
**Scientific opinions

**Amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 regarding the use of sulphur dioxide — sulphites (E 220-228) in aromatised wine-based products
Acceptable daily intakes have been established by the Scientific Committee for Food for sulphur dioxide — sulphites (E 220-228). Aromatised wine-based products are alcoholic beverages that are usually consumed as an alternative to other alcoholic beverages such as wine in which sulphur dioxide — sulphites are authorised. The additional exposure to sulphur dioxide — sulphites (E 220-228) based on this new use will remain limited and will not lead to an increase of the overall intake. It is therefore appropriate to allow the use of sulphur dioxide — sulphites (E 220-228) as preservative and antioxidant in aromatised wine-based products.  Since the authorisation of use of sulphur dioxide — sulphites (E 220-228) as preservative and antioxidant in aromatised wine-based products constitutes an update of that list which is not liable to have an effect on human health, it is not necessary to seek the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority.  Therefore, Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 should be amended accordingly.

**Application for protection of geographical indications ‘Havarti’ (PGI)
Denmark have applied for PGI for Havarti.  ‘Havarti’ must be produced and ripened in maturing stores in Denmark. The production method comprises in particular the following stages: moulding of the curds, melting of the curds and maturing of the cheese for an initial 2-3 weeks; this differs from the process that is usual in the case of similar products.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications Třeboňský kapr (PGI)
The Commission has examined the Czech Republic's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Třeboňský kapr’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2007. 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 designations of origin Terra d’Otranto (PDO)
The Commission has examined Italy’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Terra d’Otranto’.  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.

**Consultation - The Meat Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014
The Meat Products Regulations (NI) 2004 (MPR 2004) were made in Northern Ireland to ensure that:

  • Products given the names of staple parts of the British diet such as burgers, sausages, meat pies and pasties (known as the 'reserved descriptions') contain a minimum amount of meat.
  • A product resembling a cut, joint, slice, portion or carcase of meat contains no added ingredients (with exceptions for expected additions like seasoning) without declaring it in the name of the product.
  • Parts of the carcass such as brains, testicles and udder are not included in uncooked meat products.

The purpose of the consultation is to revoke the Meat Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (MPR 2004) and replace them with revised Meat Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (MPR 2014). The aim is to retain the important consumer protections offered by the MPR 2004 while bringing the regulations into line with European legislation. (FSA)

**EFSA - Public Consultation on a draft Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for iodine
EFSA has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for iodine. This document proposes dietary reference values for iodine for adults, infants and children, pregnant and lactating women. In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft document developed by the NDA Panel of EFSA. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 26 February 2014.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Miel de Tenerife (PDO)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Miel de Tenerife’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Châtaigne d'Ardèche (PDO)
France’s application to register the name ‘Châtaigne d'Ardèche’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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

**Defra - UK’s Protected Food Names boost EU economy and increase jobs
More than 60 unique British foods have now achieved protected status to help safeguard these iconic products and deliver a major boost to the economy.   It’s estimated that these food items helped contribute more than £900 million to the European economy.  Sixty-two of these items have now gained the prestigious award which protects their authenticity and origin from imitation and fraud. Defra is working with the food industry to inspire further applications for Protected Food Name status.  Farming Minister George Eustice said:  “Exceeding the 60th registration is an achievement to be proud of. Legal protection of the quality, provenance and reputation of British food will help small businesses make a valuable economic contribution both locally and nationally. We now want to help many more UK food producers who are thinking about making an application for protected name status to get their quality produce fully recognised. Having been awarded the protected food name status, the family business of Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt is expected to grow its workforce by 25% this year.”

**FSA researchers required - Use of spotters to help official meat inspection in slaughterhouses
The Food Standards Agency is seeking a contractor to carry out research to explore a model where plant staff acting as spotters identify and flag up defects on carcases and offal. This will happen before the official meat inspection is carried out by Official Veterinarians or Meat Hygiene Inspectors.

**EFSA - Public Consultation on a draft Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for iodine
EFSA has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for iodine. This document proposes dietary reference values for iodine for adults, infants and children, pregnant and lactating women.  In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft document developed by the NDA Panel of EFSA.  Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 26 February 2014.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Anglesey Sea Salt/Halen Môn (PDO)
The United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘Anglesey Sea Salt/Halen Môn’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications West Country Beef (PGI)
The United Kingdom’s application to register the name ‘West Country Beef’ 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 Κονσερβολιά Ροβιών (Konservolia Rovion) (PDO)
The Commission has examined Greece’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Κονσερβολιά Ροβιών’ (Konservolia Rovion), registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1263/96.  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 of that Regulation.  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.

**Health claim: the effects of sugar beet fibre on the increase of faecal bulk
Following an application from Nordic Sugar A/S the Authority was required to deliver an opinion on a health claim related to the effects of sugar beet fibre on the increase of faecal bulk (Question No EFSA-Q-2011-00972). The claim proposed by the applicant was worded as follows: ‘Sugar beet fibre increases faecal bulk’. Following an application from Nordic Sugar A/S, submitted pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006, the Authority was required to deliver an opinion on a health claim related to the effects of sugar beet fibre on the increase of faecal bulk (Question No EFSA-Q-2011-00972). The claim proposed by the applicant was worded as follows: ‘Sugar beet fibre increases faecal bulk’.

**Scientific opinions

Scientific Opinion on genetically modified soybean BPS-CV127-9

Canthaxanthin for poultry, ornamental birds and ornamental fish

Riboflavin for all animal species

Safety and efficacy of vitamin K3 (menadione sodium bisulphite and menadione nicotinamide bisulphite) as a feed additive

Safety and efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum (KKP/593/p and KKP/788/p) and Lactobacillus buchneri (KKP/907/p) as a silage additive for cattle and sheep

Reconsideration of the ADI and refined exposure assessment of β-apo-8′-carotenal (E 160e)

Modification of the existing MRLs for chlormequat in various commodities

Guidance of EFSA – SSD (2013 Data Collection)

Safety and efficacy of canthaxanthin as a feed additive for poultry and for ornamental birds and ornamental fish

Phytophthora fragariae pest risk assessment

Reconsideration of the ADI and refined exposure assessment of β-apo-8′-carotenal (E 160e)

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones

Review of the existing MRLs for lambda-cyhalothrin

Phytophthora fragariae pest risk assessment

Review of the existing MRLs for kresoxim-methyl

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