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  • Authorising the placing on the market of fermented soybean extract as a novel food ingredient
  • Combating Food Waste: an opportunity for the EU to improve the resource-efficiency of the food supply chain’
  • Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification of protected geographical indications (Cornish Sardines (PGI))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Miel Villuercas-Ibores (PDO))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Brillat-Savarin (PGI))
  • Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin ‘Huile d'olive de Corse’/‘Huile d'olive de Corse — Oliu di Corsica’ (PDO)
  • Application to enter a name in the register of protected designation of origin ‘Malatya Kayısısı’ (PDO)
  • Application to enter a name in the register of protected designation of origin ‘Welsh Laverbread’ (PDO)
  • Application to enter a name in the register of protected geographical indication
  • Ayrshire New Potatoes/Ayrshire Earlies (PGI)
  • Monitoring of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and in materials
  • Public consultation on dietary reference values for vitamin K
  • Scientific opinions

Authorising the placing on the market of fermented soybean extract as a novel food ingredient
On 8 May 2014, the company Japan Bio Science Laboratory made a request to the competent authorities of Belgium to place fermented soybean extract on the Union market as a novel food ingredient. The food assessment body in Belgium concluded that fermented soybean extract meets the criteria for novel food ingredients, and the commission forwarded the initial assessment report to other member states.  The EFSA carried out an additional assessment and reporting as a novel food that fermented soybean extract used in food supplements intended for adults is safe under the conditions of use proposed by the applicant limiting consumption per day to a maximum dose of 100 mg.  EFSA noted that fermented soybean extract contains nattokinase which exhibits in vitro fibrinolytic activity and in vivo thrombolytic activity in animals when administered parenterally stating it is necessary to inform consumers about the need of medical supervision in cases when fermented soybean extract is consumed in combination with medication. EFSA considers that the risk of allergic reaction to fermented soybean extract is similar to that associated with other soy-derived products stating that products should be labelled accordingly.

Combating Food Waste: an opportunity for the EU to improve the resource-efficiency of the food supply chain’
Special Report No 34/2016 ‘Combating Food Waste: an opportunity for the EU to improve the resource-efficiency of the food supply chain’ has just been published.  The audit examined the role the EU plays in combating food waste, the actions taken thus far and the way in which the various EU policy instruments work to reduce food waste.

Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification of protected geographical indications (Cornish Sardines (PGI))
The United Kingdom has made some non-minor amendments to their application for Cornish Sardines to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  Amendments have been made to a number of sections including description of the product, geographical area, proof of origin and method of production.

Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Miel Villuercas-Ibores (PDO))
Spain's application to register the name ‘Miel Villuercas-Ibores’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition under Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 has been received by the Commission the name Miel Villuercas-Ibores has been entered into the register.

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

Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin ‘Huile d'olive de Corse’/‘Huile d'olive de Corse — Oliu di Corsica’ (PDO)
France have submitted non-minor amendment to their application for PDO for ‘Huile d'olive de Corse’/‘Huile d'olive de Corse — Oliu di Corsica’.  Changes have been made to the products description, proof of origin, method of production, link and labelling.  ‘“Huile d'olive de Corse” or “Huile d'olive de Corse — Oliu di Corsica” is a mild-tasting olive oil with virtually no fieriness or bitterness.

Application to enter a name in the register of protected designation of origin ‘Malatya Kayısısı’ (PDO)
Turkey has applied to enter the name ‘Malatya Kayısısı’ into the register of protect designation of origin.  Malatya Kayısısı is the name given to dried Hacıhaliloğlu apricots variety. Hacıhaliloğlu apricots are a variety of Prunus armeniaca L., which is a member of the Rosaceae family.

Application to enter a name in the register of protected designation of origin ‘Welsh Laverbread’ (PDO)
The United Kingdom has applied to enter the name ‘Welsh Laverbread’ in the register of protected designation of origin.  ‘Welsh Laverbread’ is the name given to a traditional Welsh delicacy made from cooked laver (seaweed) gathered or ‘plucked’ from the coastline of Wales.

Application to enter a name in the register of protected geographical indication Ayrshire New Potatoes/Ayrshire Earlies (PGI)
Defra, UK have applied to the EU to get Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Ayrshire New Potatoes/Ayrshire Earlies (PGI).  Ayrshire New Potatoes / Ayrshire Earlies is the name given to immature potatoes of the Solanum tuberosum species of the Solanaceae family grown in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Monitoring of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and in materials
Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) can be present in food through environmental contamination, lubricants for machinery used during harvesting and food production, processing aids, food additives and food contact materials.  Member States should, with the active involvement of food business operators as well as manufacturers, processors and distributors of food contact materials and other interested parties, monitor the presence of MOH in food during 2017 and 2018. The monitoring should cover animal fat, bread and rolls, fine bakery ware, breakfast cereals, confectionery (including chocolate) and cocoa, fish meat, fish products (canned fish), grains for human consumption, ices and desserts, oilseeds, pasta, products derived from cereals, pulses, sausages, tree nuts, vegetable oils, as well as food contact materials used for those products.

Public consultation on dietary reference values for vitamin K
EFSA has launched an open consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for vitamin K. The draft scientific opinions proposes dietary reference values for vitamin K for adults, infants and children, pregnant and lactating women.  Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 24 February 2017 using the electronic template

Scientific opinions

Re-evaluation of locust bean gum (E 410) as a food additive

Safety and efficacy of microorganism DSM 11798 as a technological additive for all avian species

Safety assessment of the substance ‘Tungsten Oxide’ for use in food contact materials

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in cervids

Scientific opinion on the evaluation of substances as acceptable previous cargoes for edible fats and oils

Safety and efficacy of Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 29226as a silage additive for all animal species

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