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  • Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin Hånnlamb (PDO)
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications Poularde du Périgord (PGI)
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Chapon du Périgord (PGI))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Carmarthen Ham (PGI))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Poulet du Périgord (PGI))
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin (Dehesa de Extremadura (PDO))
  • Application to enter the name ‘Lucques du Languedoc’ in the register of protected designation of origin
  • Application to enter the name ‘Kopi Arabika Gayo’ in the register of protected geographical indications
  • Application to enter the name ‘West Wales coracle-caught salmon’ in the register of protected geographical indications
  • Application for ‘Traditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Pork’ to be traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG)
  • Amendment of specifications concerning the food additive steviol glycosides (E 960)
  • Amendment regarding extraction solvents used in the production of foodstuffs and food ingredients
  • Scientific opinions

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

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

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

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

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Poulet du Périgord (PGI))
Pursuant to Article 50(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012, France's application to register the name ‘Poulet du Périgord’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Poulet du Périgord’ has been entered into the register.

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin (Dehesa de Extremadura (PDO))
The Commission has examined Spain's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Dehesa de Extremadura’.  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 opposition has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification have been approved.

Application to enter the name ‘Lucques du Languedoc’ in the register of protected designation of origin
France have applied for ‘Lucques du Languedoc’ to be entered into the register of protected designation of origin.  The ‘Lucques du Languedoc’ olive is a whole green olive that is neither damaged nor crushed. It is debittered using an alkaline solution and marketed in chilled or pasteurised brine.

Application to enter the name ‘Kopi Arabika Gayo’ in the register of protected geographical indications
Indonesia have applied for ‘Kopi Arabika Gayo’, a coffee to enter the register of protect geographical indications.

Application to enter the name ‘West Wales coracle-caught salmon’ in the register of protected geographical indications
The United Kingdom has applied for West Wales coracle-caught salmon into the register of protected geographical indications. ‘West Wales coracle-caught salmon’ is the name given to fish of the Salmo salar species which have been caught using the ancient Welsh traditional method of coracle fishing.

Application for ‘Traditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Pork’ to be traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG)
An application has been submitted to register ‘Traditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Pork’ as traditional speciality guaranteed.  ‘Traditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Pork’ is from pigs that have been reared according to a mode of production which is traditional in practice. The traditional rearing method of production allows for a slower more natural growth rate whilst prioritising minimising stress levels and high welfare standards.

Amendment of specifications concerning the food additive steviol glycosides (E 960)
The current specifications stipulate that steviol glycosides (E 960) preparations contain not less than 95 % of ten named steviol glycosides: stevioside, rebaudiosides A, B, C, D, E and F, steviolbioside, rubusoside and dulcoside, on a dried basis. The specifications further define the preparations/final product consisting mainly (at least 75 %) of stevioside and/or rebaudioside A.  The applicant requests that rebaudioside M is added to the list of permitted steviol glycosides as an additional glycoside that may comprise the assay value of not less than 95 % (total steviol glycoside content). The applicant also requests that the minimum amount of 75 % of stevioside and/or rebaudioside A is deleted, i.e., to change the ‘Definition’ of steviol glycosides.  The applicant further requests to expand the lists of chemical names and molecular weights and CAS numbers to include, in addition to stevioside and rebaudioside A, the other nine steviol glycosides. Rebaudioside M should also be added to the listing of molecular formulas. To account for the greater sweetness potency of rebaudioside M, the ‘Description’ of steviol glycosides should be amended. In its opinion the European Food Safety Authority concluded that extending the current specifications to include rebaudiosides D and M as alternatives to rebaudioside A in the predominant components of steviol glycosides would not be of a safety concern. Taking into account the submitted application and the evaluation made by the Authority, it is appropriate to amend the specifications of the food additive E 960.

Amendment regarding extraction solvents used in the production of foodstuffs and food ingredients
On 19 August 2014, an application was submitted by Akzo Nobel Industrial Chemicals BV requesting a change in the maximum residual limit (MRL) for dimethyl ether (DME) as an extraction solvent in defatted animal protein products, in particular collagen and collagen derivatives, from 0,009 mg/kg to 3 mg/kg, and a new use for the extraction of protein products to yield gelatine with a MRL of 0,009 mg/kg.  The EFSA re-evaluated the safety of DME as an extraction solvent for the preparation of defatted animal protein products — collagen and gelatine and concluded that the use of DME as an extraction solvent, under the intended conditions of use and with the proposed MRLs of 3 mg/kg in collagen and collagen derivatives and 0,009 mg/kg in gelatine, is of no safety concern. Therefore, it is appropriate to authorise the use of dimethyl ether as an extraction solvent to remove fat from animal protein raw materials under the condition of maximum residual limits of dimethyl ether of 3 mg/kg in collagen and collagen derivatives and of 0,009 mg/kg in gelatine.

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