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**Suspending temporarily imports from Bangladesh of foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves ('Piper betle')
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (Daujėnų naminė duona (PGI))
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (Patata dell'Alto Viterbese (PGI))
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ([Szentesi paprika (PGI))
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ([Bayerische Breze/Bayerische Brezn/Bayerische Brez’n/Bayerische Brezel (PGI))
**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ([Carota dell'Altopiano del Fucino (PGI))
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications [Melon du Haut-Poitou (PGI)]
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications [Nocciola di Giffoni (PGI)]
**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications [Pomme de terre de l'Île de Ré(PGI)]
**Scientific opinions

**Suspending temporarily imports from Bangladesh of foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves ('Piper betle')
Since October 2011, 142 notifications have been issued to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed due to the presence of a wide range of pathogenic salmonella strains in foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves ('Piper betle,' commonly known as 'Paan leaf' or 'Betel quid') originating in or consigned from Bangladesh. That high level of contamination presents a serious risk for human health. It is therefore appropriate to suspend imports into the Union of foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves from that third country, pending the receipt of sufficient guarantees from it.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (Daujėnų naminė duona (PGI))
Lithuania's application to register the name 'Daujėnų naminė duona' was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (Patata dell'Alto Viterbese (PGI))
Italy's application to register the name 'Patata dell'Alto Viterbese' was published in the Official Journal of the European Union

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ([Szentesi paprika (PGI))
Hungary's application to register the name 'Szentesi paprika' was published in the Official Journal of the European Union

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ([Bayerische Breze/Bayerische Brezn/Bayerische Brez’n/Bayerische Brezel (PGI))
Germany's application to register the name 'Bayerische Breze/Bayerische Brezn/Bayerische Brez'n/Bayerische Brezel' was published in the Official Journal of the European Union

**Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ([Carota dell'Altopiano del Fucino (PGI))
Italy's application to register the name 'Carota dell'Altopiano del Fucino' 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 and protected geographical indications [Melon du Haut-Poitou (PGI)]
The Commission has examined France's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin 'Melon du Haut-Poitou,' registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 2784/98. 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.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications [Nocciola di Giffoni (PGI)]
The Commission has examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin 'Nocciola di Giffoni,' registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 2325/97, as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1257/2006. 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.

**Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications [Pomme de terre de l'Île de Ré(PGI)]
The Commission has examined France's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin 'Pomme de terre de l'Île de Ré,' registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1187/2000, as amended by Regulation (EC) No 352/2000. 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.

**Scientific opinions
Reasoned opinion on the setting of MRLs for saflufenacil in various crops, considering the risk related to the metabolite trifluoroacetic acid (TFA)
Reasoned Opinion on the modification of the existing MRLs for malathion in various crops
Scientific Opinion on BSE risk in bovine intestines and mesentery
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of Bonvital (Enterococcus faecium) as a feed additive for sows
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of malic acid and a mixture of sodium and calcium malate when used as technological additives for all animal species
Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for pantothenic acid
Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to vitamin D and contribution to normal bone and tooth development pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to Rosbacher drive®and increased attention pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for biotin
Scientific Opinion on the risk of Phyllosticta citricarpa (Guignardia citricarpa) for the EU territory with identification and evaluation of risk reduction options
Scientific Opinion on the risk to plant health of Xanthomonas citri pv. citri andXanthomonas citri pv. aurantifolii for the EU territory
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of iron compounds (E1) as feed additives for all species: ferrous sulphate heptahydrate based on a dossier submitted by Kronos International, Inc.
Scientific Opinion on the modification of the authorisation of a health claim related to plant sterol esters and lowering blood LDL-cholesterol; high blood LDL-cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006, following a request in accordance with Article 19 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) as a feed additive for all animal species or categories based on a dossier submitted by Lohmann Animal Health GmbH
Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to cytidine 5-diphosphocholine and maintenance of normal vision pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to beta-palmitate and contribution to softening of stools pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to caffeine and increased alertness pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 212, Revision 2 (FGE.212Rev2): α,β-Unsaturated alicyclic ketones and precursors from chemical subgroup 2.6 of FGE.19
Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 210, Revision 1 (FGE.210Rev1): Consideration of genotoxic potential for α,β-unsaturated alicyclic ketones and precursors from chemical subgroup 2.4 of FGE.19
Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 77, Revision 1 (FGE.77Rev1): Consideration of Pyridine, Pyrrole and Quinoline Derivatives evaluated by JECFA (63rdmeeting) structurally related to Pyridine, Pyrrole, Indole and Quinoline Derivatives evaluated by EFSA in FGE.24Rev2 (2013)
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of L-threonine (ThreAMINO®) produced byEscherichia coli (DSM 25086) for all animal species and categories based on a dossier submitted by Evonik Industries A.G.
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of formaldehyde for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by Adiveter S.L.
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of DL-selenomethionine as a feed additive for all animal species
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of formaldehyde for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by Regal BV

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