12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Extended approval period for active substances maneb and fipronil
  • Food Standards Agency seeks views on the Wild Game Guide
  • FSAI remind companies about mandatory nutritional information legislation coming into force
  • Protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 Hungary
  • Amendments to product specification ‘Jamón De Huelva’ register of protected designation of origin
  • Amendments to product specification ‘Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo’ register of protected designation of origin
  • Extending the approval period of a number of active substances
  • Scientific opinions

Extended approval period for active substances maneb and fipronil
The approval period of the active substance maneb was extended from 30 June 2016 until 31 January 2018 by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 762/2013. The approval period of the active substance fipronil was extended from 30 September 2017 until 31 July 2018 by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/404.

Food Standards Agency seeks views on the Wild Game Guide
The FSA is currently seeking comments from interested parties on the content and layout of its Wild Game Guide (WWG).  The guide is intended for use by all interested parties who shoot and/or supply wild game and retailers and processors of game meat. It will also help food law enforcement officers carry out their enforcement duties.  The deadline for comments is Monday, 13 February 2017. 

FSAI remind companies about mandatory nutritional information legislation coming into force
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have reminded food businesses that from 13 December 2016, EU Regulations will require that most prepacked food products must provide mandatory nutritional information to enable consumers make more informed choices when purchasing food. However, certain prepacked foods are exempted from the requirement to provide nutrition information, one of which is the manufacture of small quantities of foods that are supplied directly by the manufacturer to the consumer or to local retailers for direct supply to the consumer. The EU legislation does not define ‘small quantities’ or ‘local’, rather it advised that each Member State must provide a definition in their local market. To this end, the Department of Health has now introduced Irish law [S.I. 559 of 2016] defining what is meant by ‘small quantities’ and ‘local retail establishment’.

Protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 Hungary
Hungary notified the Commission of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in a holding on its territory where poultry or other captive birds are kept and it took the measures pursuant to Directive 2005/94/EC, including the establishment of protection and surveillance zones. The Commission has examined those measures and is satisfied that the boundaries of the protection and surveillance zones, established by the competent authority in that Member State, are at sufficient distance to any holding where an outbreak was confirmed.

Amendments to product specification ‘Jamón De Huelva’ register of protected designation of origin
Amendments have been published to Spain application for ‘Jamón De Huelva’ to enter the register of protected designations of origin.  Amendments have been made to the name, description, proof of origin, method of production, link, labelling.

Amendments to product specification ‘Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo’ register of protected designation of origin
Amendments have been published to Italy for ‘Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo’ to enter the register of protected designations of origin.  Amendments have been made to the proof of origin, production methods, and labelling.

Extending the approval period of a number of active substances
The approval periods of the active substances benzoic acid, flazasulfuron, mecoprop-P, mesosulfuron, propineb, propoxycarbazon, propyzamide, propiconazole, pyraclostrobin, and zoxamide will expire on 31 January 2017. The European Commission has stated that “due to the fact that the assessment of the substances has been delayed for reasons beyond the control of the applicants, the approvals of those active substances are likely to expire before a decision has been taken on their renewal. It is therefore necessary to extend their approval periods.”

Scientific opinions

Maxiban®G160 for chickens for fattening

Tartrazine for non-food producing animals

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

Review of the existing MRLs for dimethachlor

Selenium-enriched yeast (Alkosel®3000) for all animal species

Outcome of public consultation on the draft guidance on traditional foods from third countries

Energy conversion factor of D-tagatose

Behenic acid from mustard seed protein

Natugrain® TS/TS L for poultry

Algae interspaced bentonite for all animal species

Lactobacillus brevis NCIMB 42149 for all species

(butadiene, styrene, methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate) copolymer cross-linked

Chemical group 10 for all animal species

Safety of synthetic L-ergothioneine

Trimagnesium dicitrate anhydrous (TMDC) as a food additive

Feedlyve AGL for chickens for fattening

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