12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Application for amendment to protected designation of origin ‘Maroilles’/‘Marolles’ (PDO)
  • Publishing the name ‘Pizza Napoletana’ as a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)
  • Amending France’s BSE status
  • Approval of minor amendment to register of protected geographical indications ‘Melannurca Campana’ (PGI)
  • MRLs for copper carbonate in all food producing species
  • Amendment regarding the use of additives in edible caseinates 
  • Amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards certain flavouring substances
  • Publication of an application for an entry to the register of protected geographical indications FAVA FENEOU (PGI)
  • Views wanted on DHA-rich oil 
  • Views wanted on Calanus finmarchicus oil
  • Scientific opinions

Application for amendment to protected designation of origin ‘Maroilles’/‘Marolles’ (PDO)
France have submitted applications amendment to the PDO for ‘Maroilles’/‘Marolles’.  Amendments include description of product, proof of origin, labelling and contact details.

Publishing the name ‘Pizza Napoletana’ as a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)
Italy submitted the name ‘Pizza Napoletana’ as name of a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG), which complies with Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012. The name ‘Pizza Napoletana’ had previously been registered by Regulation (EU) No 97/2010 without reservation of name in accordance with Article 13(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 509/2006  as traditional speciality guaranteed and is currently protected in accordance with Article 25(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012. In the light of the above, the Commission hereby publishes the name

Amending France’s BSE status
Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 provides that Member States, third countries or regions thereof (‘countries or regions’) are to be classified according to their bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status into one of three categories: negligible BSE risk, controlled BSE risk and undetermined BSE risk. The Annex to Commission Decision 2007/453/EC lists countries or regions according to their BSE status. The annex has been amended so that France’ is deleted in Part ‘A. Countries or regions with a negligible BSE risk’; to Part ‘B. Countries or regions with a controlled BSE risk’.

Approval of minor amendment to register of protected geographical indications ‘Melannurca Campana’ (PGI)
Italy have made minor amendments to ‘Melannurca Campana’ on the PGI register.  Amendments have been made to the method of production, labelling and description of the product. 

MRLs for copper carbonate in all food producing species
An application for the establishment of MRLs for copper carbonate in all food producing species has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency.  Based on the opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use, has recommended that the establishment of MRLs for copper carbonate in all food producing species is not necessary for the protection of human health. Given the opinion of the EMA that no MRLs should be established for copper carbonate for all food producing species, Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 does not apply. Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 should therefore be amended accordingly.

Amendment regarding the use of additives in edible caseinates
Edible caseinates belong to dairy products. However, that group is not specified in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008. Therefore, a food category ‘Edible caseinates’ should be established and the additives authorised in edible caseinates should be included with the respective conditions of use.

Amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards certain flavouring substances
Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 lays down a Union list of flavourings and source materials approved for use in and on foods and their conditions of use.  Part A of the Union list contains both evaluated flavouring substances, which are assigned no footnotes, and flavouring substances under evaluation, which are identified by footnote references 2 and 4 in that list.  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed the assessment of seven substances which are currently listed as flavouring substances under evaluation.  EFSA concluded that these flavouring substances do not give rise to safety concerns at the estimated levels of dietary intake. The flavouring substances (2-Acetylthiophene, 2-Butylthiophene, 5-Ethylthiophene-2-carbaldehyde, 2-Hexylthiophene, 2-Octylthiophene, 2-Pentylthiophene, and 2-Propionylthiophene) assessed in those evaluations should be listed as evaluated substances by deleting footnote references 2 and 4 in the relevant entries of the Union list.

Publication of an application for an entry to the register of protected geographical indications FAVA FENEOU (PGI)
Greece has applied for PGI for Fava Feneou.  ‘Fava Feneou’ is an edible pulse obtained from Lathyrus sativus L. (grass pea). The seeds are harvested and the dried, husked and crushed cotyledons consumed as food. Ground or cooked into a thick puree, they are known as fava.

Views wanted on DHA-rich oil
The company, Daesang Corp., is requesting an opinion from the FSA on the 'equivalence' of its DHA-rich oil, produced from the microalgae Schizochytrium, to DHA-rich oil produced by Martek Biosciences Corp. The applicant’s DHA-rich oil is sourced from the microalgae, Schizochytrium and will have the same intended applications and use levels as those already authorised which include its use in dairy products, cereals, food supplements and cooking fats. Any comments on the draft opinion should be emailed to the ACNFP secretariat at acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk by 18 May 2016 and will be passed to the committee before it finalises its assessment of this novel food ingredient. (Food Standards Agency)

Views wanted on Calanus finmarchicus oil
The Advisory Committee for Novel Food and Processes (ACNFP) has reviewed an application from a company seeking authorisation for oil from Calanus Finmarchicus, a small marine crustacean, to be used as a novel food ingredient. Any comments on the draft opinion should be emailed to the ACNFP secretariat at acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk by Wednesday 18 May 2016 and will be passed to the committee before it finalises its assessment of this novel food ingredient. (Food Standards Agency)

Scientific opinions

Analysis of the need for an update of the guidance documents

Poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate) for use in food contact materials

Manganese hydroxychloride for all animal species

Polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross-linked

L-Tryptophan produced by Escherichia coli for all animal species

Potassium metabisulfite

Safety of Lancer for weaned piglets

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