12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Amendment to the application for ‘Limone Interdonato Messina’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications West Wales Coracle Caught Sewin
  • Increase recycling, limit landfill and reduce food waste
  • Amendment to maximum residue levels for sulfoxaflor
  • Application for Thym de Provence to be added to the Register of Protected Geographical Indications
  • Application for Kiełbasa biała parzona wielkopolska to be added to Register of Protected Geographical Indications
  • Experiment - Seed potato tubers derived from true potato seed
  • Scientific opinions

Amendment to the application for ‘Limone Interdonato Messina’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications
Italy have made amendments the application for ‘Limone Interdonato Messina’ to enter the register of protected geographical indicationsAmendments have been made to the product description, link and labelling.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications West Wales Coracle Caught Sewin
The United Kingdom's application to register the name ‘West Wales Coracle Caught Sewin’ 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 ‘West Wales Coracle Caught Sewin’ should therefore be entered in the register. 

Increase recycling, limit landfill and reduce food waste
Under draft legislation that was adopted earlier this month by MEPs, the share of waste to be recycled would increase from 44% to 70% by 2030.  MEPs are also planning to limit the share of landfilling to 5% and a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.  Food waste in the EU is estimated at some 89 million tonnes, or 180 kg per capita per year. MEPs advocate an EU food waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, compared to 2014. They also propose a similar target for marine litter. Parliament will now negotiate with Council of Ministers. (European Parliament)

Amendment to maximum residue levels for sulfoxaflor
On 5 July 2013, 18 July 2014 and 11 July 2015, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) adopted Codex maximum residue limits (CXLs) for sulfoxaflor.  The Union presented a reservation to the Codex Committee on Pesticides Residues (CCPR) on the CXLs proposed for the following pesticide/product combinations: sulfoxaflor (fruiting vegetables other than cucurbits; leafy vegetables).  MRLs except where they relate to products which are not set out in Annex I to that Regulation or where they are set at a lower level than the current MRLs. Those CXLs are safe for consumers in the Union and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 should therefore be amended accordingly.

Application for Thym de Provence to be added to the Register of Protected Geographical Indications
France have applied for ‘Thym de Provence’ to be added to the Register of Protected Geographical Indications.  Thym de Provence’ is an aromatic plant belonging to the species Thymus vulgaris L. of the Labiatae family. It is an aromatic shrub that is 10-30 cm in height and thickly branched, with ligneous lower stems. It is usually trained to grow in tufts or in small, very dense bushes.

Application for Kiełbasa biała parzona wielkopolska to be added to Register of Protected Geographical Indications
Poland have applied for Kiełbasa biała parzona wielkopolska to be added to the Register of Protected Geographical Indications.  ‘Kiełbasa biała parzona wielkopolska’ is a sausage made of uncured pork of average fattiness, cooked, portioned into links, encased in natural pig's intestine.

Experiment - Seed potato tubers derived from true potato seed
New developments in potato breeding promise to considerably reduce the duration of developmental programmes, allow access to more genetic variation and permit the development of new varieties with combinations of useful traits. Currently accepted practices of seed potato production rely on the vegetative multiplication of potato tubers over several generations. However, developments referred to in recital 1 include the propagation of potatoes by seed, so-called true potato seed. Multiplication practices starting from true potato seed promise to shorten considerably the time necessary to produce sufficient numbers of seed potatoes for final users while reducing the risk of accumulating diseases.  As seed tubers derived from true potato seed do not currently fulfil the requirement to have been produced according to accepted practices, provided for in Article 2(b)(i) of Directive 2002/56/EC, it is necessary to gather information on the production and marketing of such seed tubers to understand what quality standards and inspections are required to guarantee the quality and health of those seed tubers and to determine at which stage or under what conditions they may enter the certification scheme. It is therefore appropriate to organise a temporary experiment under Directive 2002/56/EC as regards seed tubers derived from true potato seed under supervision by the relevant authorities.

Scientific opinions

Re-evaluation of polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476) as a food additive

Risk assessment of information on the subcombination Bt11 × MIR162, related to the application of Syngenta (EFSA-GMO-DE-2009-66) for authorisation of food and feed containing, consisting and produced from genetically modified maize Bt11 × MIR162 × MIR604

Epidemiological analyses on African swine fever in the Baltic countries and Poland

Scientific opinion on an application by Dow AgroSciences LLC (EFSA-GMO-NL-2012-106) for the placing on the market of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant soybean DAS-44406-6 for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/20

Scientific motivations and criteria to consider updating EFSA scientific assessments

Public consultation on the draft Scientific Opinion of the PPR Panel "Investigation into experimental toxicological properties of plant protection products having a potential link to Parkinson’s disease and childhood leukaemia"

Scientific Opinion on an application by Dow AgroSciences LLC (EFSA-GMO-NL-2011-91) for the placing on the market of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant soybean DAS-68416-4 for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/200

Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 57, Revision 1 (FGE.57Rev1): consideration of isopulegone and three flavouring substances evaluated by JECFA (55th meeting)

Re-evaluation of glycerol (E 422) as a food additive

Scientific Opinion on the update of the list of QPS-recommended biological agents intentionally added to food or feed as notified to EFSA

Re-evaluation of soybean hemicellulose (E 426) as a food additive

Safety of hydroxytyrosol as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 258/97

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