12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Renewal of the inclusion of amitrole in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC
  • Suspending imports of dried beans from Nigeria
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Zagorski puran (PGI))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Gall del Penedès (PGI))
  • Entering a name into the register of protected designations of origin (Allgäuer Sennalpkäse (PDO))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Soumaintrain (PGI))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Pintade de l'Ardèche (PGI))
  • Application for entry into register of protected geographical indications ‘Poulet du Périgord’ (PGI)
  • Application for entry into register of protected designations of origin ‘Šoltansko maslinovo ulje’ (PDO)
  • Suspending temporarily imports from Bangladesh of foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves (‘Piper Betle’)
  • Application for entry into register of protected designations of origin ‘Carmarthen Ham’ (PDO)
  • Scientific opinions

Renewal of the inclusion of amitrole in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC
An application for the renewal of the inclusion of amitrole in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC was submitted in accordance with Article 4 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1141/2010 (5) within the time period provided for in that Article.  The Authority concluded that there is a high potential for the representative uses assessed to result in groundwater exposure above the parametric drinking water limit of 0,1 μg/l by a relevant metabolite of amitrole in situations represented by all pertinent groundwater scenarios. In addition, a high risk to operators, workers and bystanders from the use of amitrole was identified. Based on these identified risks, it is therefore appropriate not to renew the approval of amitrole in accordance with Article 20(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

Suspending imports of dried beans from Nigeria
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/943 (2) prohibits imports of dried beans from Nigeria declared under CN code 0713 39 00 due to the high number of cases of contamination with an unauthorised active substance dichlorvos at levels largely exceeding the acute reference dose tentatively established by the European Food Safety Authority. Pending the implementation by Nigeria of the appropriate risk-management measures, the prohibition is to apply until 30 June 2016.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Zagorski puran (PGI))
Croatia's application to register the name ‘Zagorski puran’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Zagorski puran’ has entered the register.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Gall del Penedès (PGI))
Spain's application to register the name ‘Gall del Penedès’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Gall del Penedès’ should therefore be entered in the register.

Entering a name into the register of protected designations of origin (Allgäuer Sennalpkäse (PDO))
Germany's application to register the name ‘Allgäuer Sennalpkäse’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Allgäuer Sennalpkäse’ has entered the register.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Soumaintrain (PGI))
France's application to register the name ‘Soumaintrain’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Soumaintrain’ has entered the register.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Pintade de l'Ardèche (PGI))
France's application to register the name ‘Pintade de l'Ardèche’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Pintade de l'Ardèche’ should has entered the register.

Application for entry into register of protected geographical indications ‘Poulet du Périgord’ (PGI)
France have applied for ‘Poulet du Périgord’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  ‘Poulet du Périgord’ is a chicken from a slow-growing strain of the naked neck (yellow chicken) and/or non-naked neck (white chicken) varieties.

Application for entry into register of protected designations of origin ‘Šoltansko maslinovo ulje’ (PDO)
Croatia have applied for ‘Šoltansko maslinovo ulje’ to enter the register of protected designations of origin.  The extra-virgin olive oil known as ‘Šoltansko maslinovo ulje’ (Šolta olive oil) is an oil obtained directly from the fruit of the olive tree solely by mechanical means.

Suspending temporarily imports from Bangladesh of foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves (‘Piper Betle’)
Commission Implementing Decision 2014/88/EU (2) prohibited the importation into the Union of foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves from Bangladesh until 31 July 2014. It was adopted following a high number of notifications issued to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) due to the presence of a wide range of salmonella strains, including salmonella typhimurium, found in foodstuffs containing or consisting of betel leaves from Bangladesh.  Since Bangladesh was not able to provide guarantees securing the imports of betel leaves into the Union and despite efforts from the Commission, Commission Implementing Decisions 2014/510/EU (3) and (EU) 2015/1028 (4) extended the period of application of the temporary suspension of imports of these products laid down in Implementing Decision 2014/88/EU until 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2016 respectively.

Application for entry into register of protected designations of origin ‘Carmarthen Ham’ (PDO)
The United Kingdoms have applied for ‘Carmarthen Ham’ to enter the register of protected designations of origin.  ‘Carmarthen Ham’ is an air-dried, salt-cured ham made from pork legs. The ham is hung at an ambient temperature of 16-26 degrees centigrade for a period of 6 to 9 months. The age of ‘Carmarthen Ham’ is counted from the first day of salting.

Scientific opinions

Bactocell PA 10 for poultry and pigs

Lactobacillus plantarum DSM 29025 for all animal species

Levucell SB for piglets and sows

Iron oxide black, red and yellow for all animal species

Dry grape extract for all animal species

Chemical Group 8 for all animal species

Chemical group 29 for all animal species

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