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12 Feb 14

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Gofio Canario (PGI)
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Jamón de Teruel/Paleta de Teruel (PDO)
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Paprika Žitava/Žitavská paprika (PDO)
**Regarding chromium enriched yeast used for the manufacture of food supplements and chromium(III) lactate tri-hydrate added to foods
**Amending MRLs for acetamiprid, butralin, chlorotoluron, daminozide, isoproturon, picoxystrobin, pyrimethanil and trinexapac in or on certain products
**Amendment provision of food information to consumers, as regards Kamut and Spelt and foods with added phytosterols, phytosterol esters, phytostanols or phytostanol esters
**Amendment to MRL for bifenazate, chlorpropham, esfenvalerate, fludioxonil and thiobencarb in or on certain products
**Approving non-minor amendments to protected designations of origin Montes de Granada (PDO)
**Application for protection of designations of origin for ‘Charolais’ (PDO)
**Scientific opinions

**Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Gofio Canario (PGI)
Spain’s application to register the name ‘Gofio Canario’ 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 Jamón de Teruel/Paleta de Teruel (PDO)
The Commission has examined Spain’s application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Jamón de Teruel’/‘Paleta de Teruel’, 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.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Paprika Žitava/Žitavská paprika (PDO)
Slovakia’s application to register the name ‘Paprika Žitava’/‘Žitavská paprika’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Regarding chromium enriched yeast used for the manufacture of food supplements and chromium(III) lactate tri-hydrate added to foods
On 31 October 2012, EFSA adopted a scientific opinion on ChromoPrecise® cellular bound chromium yeast added for nutritional purposes as a source of chromium in food supplements and the bioavailability of chromium from this source.  The EFSA also adopted a scientific opinion on chromium(III) lactate tri-hydrate as a source of chromium(III) added for nutritional purposes to foodstuff.  It follows from the opinion adopted by EFSA on 13 September 2012 that the addition of chromium(III) lactate tri-hydrate to food is not of safety concern, provided certain conditions detailed in the opinion are respected.  Substances for which EFSA expressed a favourable opinion should be added to the lists set out in Annex II to Directive 2002/46/EC and Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006.

**Amending MRLs for acetamiprid, butralin, chlorotoluron, daminozide, isoproturon, picoxystrobin, pyrimethanil and trinexapac in or on certain products
The MRL for acetamiprid has been lowered for citrus fruits, lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, rocket, leaves and sprouts of Brassica spp.   For apricots, peaches, swine (meat, fat, liver and kidney), bovine animals (meat, fat, liver and kidney), sheep (meat, fat, liver and kidney), goat (meat, fat, liver and kidney), poultry (meat, fat and liver), as well as for milk and eggs, some information was not available and that further consideration by risk managers was required. As there is no risk for consumers, MRLs for those products should be set at the existing level or the level identified by the Authority.  All existing authorisations for plant protection products containing the active substance butralin have been revoked.   Concerning the MRLs for chlorotoluron the authority recommends keeping the existing MRLs for certain products. It concluded that concerning the MRLs for apples, pears, cereals, bovine animals (meat, fat, liver and kidney), sheep (meat, fat, liver and kidney) and goat (meat, fat, liver and kidney), some information was not available and that further consideration by risk managers was required. As there is no risk for consumers, MRLs for those products should be set in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 at the level identified by the Authority.  For picoxystrobin it recommended lowering the MRLs for bovine animals (meat, fat, liver and kidney), sheep (meat, fat, liver and kidney), goat (meat, fat, liver and kidney) and milk. It recommended keeping the existing MRLs for rye and wheat and raising the MRLs for barley and oats.  All existing authorisations for plant protection products containing daminozide are restricted to non-edible crops. It is therefore appropriate to set the MRLs at the specific limit of determination.  For isoproturon, the Authority recommended keeping the existing MRLs for certain products. For pyrimethanil, the Authority recommended keeping the existing MRLs for some products and raising the MRLs for others. (Official Journal)

**Amendment provision of food information to consumers, as regards Kamut and Spelt and foods with added phytosterols, phytosterol esters, phytostanols or phytostanol esters
Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 establishes a list of substances or products causing allergies or intolerances. Point 1 of Annex II lists, amongst others, ‘kamut’ and ‘spelt’. However, ‘kamut’ is a registered trademark of a type of wheat, known as ‘khorasan wheat’ and spelt is also a type of wheat. ‘Khorasan wheat’ and ‘spelt’ should therefore be indicated as types of wheat in point 1 of that Annex.  Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 establishes the list of foods for which the labelling must include one or more additional particulars. Point 5.1 of that Annex provides that the labelling of foods or food ingredients with added phytosterols, phytosterol esters, phytostanols or phytostanol esters must contain, inter alia, a statement that the food is intended exclusively for people who want to lower their blood cholesterol level.  That statement, in combination with the health claims authorised for those foods or food ingredients, could potentially lead consumers who do not need to control their blood cholesterol level to use the product and should therefore be amended. (Official Journal)

**Amendment to MRL for bifenazate, chlorpropham, esfenvalerate, fludioxonil and thiobencarb in or on certain products
The European Food Safety Authority, submitted a reasoned opinion on the existing MRLs for bifenazate, chlorpropham, esfenvalerate, fludioxonil and thiobencarb.  It has identified products were levels need to be amended.

**Approving non-minor amendments to protected designations of origin Montes de Granada (PDO)
The Commission has examined Spain's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Montes de Granada’.  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.

**Application for protection of designations of origin for ‘Charolais’ (PDO)
France has submitted an application for protection of designation of origin for Charolais.  ‘Charolais’ cheeses are made from raw, full-fat, lightly renneted goat's milk.

**Scientific opinions

Review of the existing MRLs for dichlorprop-P

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

Indicative timelines for submitting additional/supplementary information to EFSA

Modification of the existing MRLs for tau-fluvalinate in various crops

Review of the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for kresoxim-methyl

Review of the existing MRLs for metalaxyl

Modification of the existing MRLs for chromafenozide on pome fruits and grapes

Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer wax

Safety assessment of the active substances, palladium metal and hydrogen gas, for use in active food contact materials

Review of the existing MRLs for carbofuran, carbosulfan, benfuracarb and furathiocarb and the setting of an import tolerance for carbofuran in cultivated mushrooms

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