12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed (Пастърма говежда (Pastarma govezhda) (TSG))
  • Amendments regarding the list of substances that may be added to processed cereal-based food and baby food and to food for special medical purposes (calcium phosphoryl oligosaccharides and ferrous bisglycinate)
  • Amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector protected geographical indications (Dealurile Zarandului (PGI))
  • Amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector protected designation of origin (Rosé des Riceys (PDO))
  • Amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector protected geographical indications (Dealurile Crişanei (PGI))
  • Amendments to the specification for the name ‘Almansa’ in the wine sector
  • Amendments to the specification for the name ‘Méntrida’ in the wine sector
  • Application for approval of amendment to protected designation of origin specification ‘Bleu d’Auvergne’
  • Scientific opinions

Entering a name in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed (Пастърма говежда (Pastarma govezhda) (TSG))
The application from Bulgaria to register the name ‘Пастърма говежда’ (Pastarma govezhda) as Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. ‘Пастърма говежда’ (Pastarma govezhda) is a specific dried raw meat product with the taste and aroma of mature beef without any spices.  Commission received a notice of opposition from the Kayseri Chamber of Commerce (Turkey). The opponent claims that the registration of ‘Пастърма говежда’ (Pastarma govezhda) as a TSG would create unfair competition by making unlawful profit of the use of the name ‘Kayseri Pastırması’, a dried raw meat product similar to ‘Пастърма говежда’ (Pastarma govezhda), which is protected as a Geographical Indication in Turkey.  The Commission has assessed the arguments provided in the reasoned statement of opposition and in the information provided to the Commission regarding the negotiations between the interested parties and it has concluded that the name ‘Пастърма говежда’ (Pastarma govezhda) should be registered as TSG.

Amendments regarding the list of substances that may be added to processed cereal-based food and baby food and to food for special medical purposes (calcium phosphoryl oligosaccharides and ferrous bisglycinate)
Amendments have been made to the annex of Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control.  The use of ferrous bisglycinate, as a source of iron in foods intended for the general population, food supplements, and foods for particular nutritional uses including foods intended for infants and young children was assessed by the EFSA with concluded that it does not present a safety concern. Following an application, the Commission requested the Authority to provide an opinion on the safety and bioavailability of calcium phosphoryl oligosaccharides (POs-Ca®), as a source of calcium added for nutritional purposes to food, food supplements and foods for special medical purposes. In its Opinion of 26 April 2016 (3), the Authority concluded that there is no safety concern for the use of this substance in the mentioned categories of food provided that certain conditions detailed in its opinion are respected. The Authority noted that this substance would be a major contributor to the overall average daily intake of calcium. This has now been added to the annex of Regulation No 609/2013.

Amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector protected geographical indications (Dealurile Zarandului (PGI))
Romania has sent an application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Dealurile Zarandului’ in accordance with Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.  The Commission has examined the application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 have been met.

Amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector protected designation of origin (Rosé des Riceys (PDO))
France has sent an application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Rosé des Riceys’ in accordance with Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.  The Commission has examined the application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 have been met.  The application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Rosé des Riceys’ should be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector protected geographical indications (Dealurile Crişanei (PGI))
Romania has sent an application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Dealurile Crişanei’ in accordance with Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013. The Commission has examined the application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 have been met.

Amendments to the specification for the name ‘Almansa’ in the wine sector
Spain has sent an application for amendment of the protected designation of origin specification for the name ‘Almansa’ in the wine sector. The Commission has examined the application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 have been met.  Amendments have been made to the product description, oenological practices used, definition of the geographical area, vine varieties amongst others.

Amendments to the specification for the name ‘Méntrida’ in the wine sector
Spain has sent an application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Méntrida’ in accordance with Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013. The Commission has examined the application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 have been met. Amendments have been made to the product description, oenological practices used, definition of geographical area, amongst others.

Application for approval of amendment to protected designation of origin specification ‘Bleu d’Auvergne’
France have applied for approval of amendment to the protected designation of origin specification for ‘Bleu d’Auvergne’.  In order to provide a full description of the product, it is added that ‘Bleu d’Auvergne’ is ‘produced exclusively’ from ‘renneted’ cow’s milk and that it is an ‘unpressed, uncooked, fermented, and salted’ cheese.  Therefore, only the large cheese (19 to 23 cm in diameter and 8 to 11 cm in height) is retained in the designation, since the small cheeses have not been made for many years. The product must have a dry matter content of at least 51 % instead of 52 % and it is added that this parameter is determined ‘after total desiccation’ for inspection purposes. The rind of the product is described more precisely (instead of ‘natural mould rind’).  The delimitation of the geographical area has also been changed, as well as proof of origin and method of production.

Scientific opinions
Modification of the existing maximum residue level for tebuconazole in beans with pods

Guidance on allergenicity assessment of genetically modified plants

Safety assessment of the process ‘4PET’, based on EREMA Basic technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

Safety and efficacy of l-arginine produced by Corynebacterium glutamicum KCCM 80099 for all animal species

Safety assessment of the process ‘Coexpan Montonate’, based on Starlinger Decon technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

Safety assessment of the process ‘Plastienvase’, based on EREMA Basic technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

Citrus junos as a host of citrus bacterial canker

Safety and efficacy of Amylofeed® (endo-1,3(4)-β-glucanase and endo-1,4-β-xylanase and α-amylase) as a feed additive for piglets and minor porcine species

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