12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Supplementing Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 regarding the specific compositional and information requirements for total diet replacement for weight control
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (Limone Costa d'Amalfi (PGI))
  • Application for approval of an amendment to a name to be registered in the register of protected geographical indication ‘Nürnberger Bratwürste’/‘Nürnberger Rostbratwürste’ (PGI)
  • Renewing the approval of the active substance maleic hydrazide
  • Application for approval of minor amendments for entering a name into the register of protected designation of origin ‘Montasio’ (PDO)
  • Amendment of a specification to the name Pla l’Llevant in the register of protected designation of origin (wine sector)
  • Non-renewal of approval of the active substance DPX KE 459 (flupyrsulfuron-methyl)
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Lenticchia di Altamura’ (PGI)
  • Renewing the approval of the active substance 2,4-DB
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected designation of origin ‘Maasvallei Limburg’ (PDO) – wine sector
  • Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions — Towards a sustainable EU food policy that creates jobs and growth in Europe’s Regions and Cities
  • Non-renewal of approval of the active substance picoxystrobin
  • Entering a name in the register of geographical indications (Štajerski hmelj (PGI))
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected designation of origin ‘Picpoul de Pinet’ (PDO) – wine sector
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Makói petrezselyemgyökér’ (PGI)
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ (PGI)
  • Amendment to application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Pan De Cruz De Ciudad Real’ (PGI)
  • Amendment to application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Lietuviškas Varškės Sūris’ (PGI)
  • Scientific opinions

Supplementing Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 regarding the specific compositional and information requirements for total diet replacement for weight control
In order to ensure the safety and suitability of total diet replacement for weight control products, detailed requirements should be laid down on their composition, including requirements on energy value, macronutrient and micronutrient content. Those requirements should be based on the latest scientific advice of the European Food Safety Authority.  All ingredients used in the manufacture of total diet replacement for weight control products should be suitable for healthy overweight or obese adults and their suitability should have been demonstrated, when necessary, by appropriate studies. It is the responsibility of food business operators to demonstrate such suitability and of national competent authorities to consider, on a case by case basis, whether this is the case.  In order to provide appropriate information and to facilitate product comparisons, the nutrition declaration for total diet replacement for weight control products should be expressed per portion and/or per consumption unit as well as per total daily ration. In addition, such information should refer to the product ready for use after preparation in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.  Statements relating to the ‘very low’ or ‘low’ calorie content of total diet replacement for weight control products can provide useful information to consumers. Therefore it is appropriate to lay down rules on such voluntary statements.  In order to enable food business operators to adapt to the new requirements that may involve technical adaptation to the manufacturing process of the products concerned, this Regulation should apply from a date that is 5 years after its entry into force.

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (Limone Costa d'Amalfi (PGI))
The Commission has examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Limone Costa d'Amalfi’, registered under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1356/2001.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification have been approved.

Application for approval of an amendment to a name to be registered in the register of protected geographical indication 'Nürnberger Bratwürste'/'Nürnberger Rostbratwürste' (PGI)
Germany have submitted amendment to the application for 'Nürnberger Bratwürste’/‘Nürnberger Rostbratwürste' entry into the register of protected geographical indications.  'Nürnberger Bratwürste'/'Nürnberger Rostbratwürste' are a type of sausage.

Renewing the approval of the active substance maleic hydrazide
The approval of the active substance maleic hydrazide, as set out in Part A of the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011, expires on 31 October 2017.  An application for the renewal of the approval of maleic hydrazide was submitted.  EFSA examined the application and reported that "in the light of current scientific and technical knowledge, it is, however, necessary to include certain conditions and restrictions. It is, in particular, appropriate to set a maximum level for the toxicologically relevant impurity hydrazine in the active substance as manufactured, at the level considered safe by the Authority, which is 0,028 mg/kg. It is however appropriate to allow sufficient time for the producers to implement necessary manufacturing processes and controls as regards that maximum level."  

Application for approval of minor amendments for entering a name into the register of protected designation of origin 'Montasio' (PDO)
Italy have submitted non minor amendments to their application for Montasio to enter the register of protected designation of origin.  'Montasio' is a cheese made from cow's milk, with medium or long maturing, cylindrical in shape, with a straight or almost straight heel and flat or slightly convex sides. Amendments have been made to the product description, and method of production.

Amendment of a specification to the name Pla l’Llevant in the register of protected designation of origin (wine sector)
Spain has sent an application for amendment of the specification for the name 'Pla I Llevant'.  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 and are approved.

Non-renewal of approval of the active substance DPX KE 459 (flupyrsulfuron-methyl)
An application for the renewal of the inclusion of DPX KE 459 (flupyrsulfuron-methyl) was made to the Commission and assessed by the EFSA.  The Authority communicated to the Commission its conclusion and reported that based on the studies assessed, the parent substance has certain intrinsic toxicological properties, in particular as regards to carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity. EFSA also noted that the presence of the metabolites in groundwater is of particular concern since it has not be demonstrated that these metabolites do not share the same intrinsic properties.  Based on these findings the Commission notes that "For plant protection products containing DPX KE 459 (flupyrsulfuron-methyl), where Member States grant any grace period in accordance with Article 46 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, that period should, at the latest, expire on 13 December 2018."

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications 'Lenticchia di Altamura' (PGI)
Italy have a applied for ‘Lenticchia di Altamura’ to the register of protected geographical indications.  The Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) 'Lenticchia di Altamura' refers exclusively to dried lentils of the Laird and Eston varieties. These belong to the following species: Lens esculenta Moench (Synonyms: Ervum lens. L., Lens culinaris Medic.) 

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications 'Melekouni' (PGI)
Greece have applied for Melekouni to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  'Melekouni' is a traditional sweet produced on the island of Rhodes. It is diamond-shaped and made from sesame seeds and honey, spices, almonds and (optional) citrus zest and/or juice, which are mixed and cooked together.

Renewing the approval of the active substance 2,4-DB
An application for the renewal of the approval of 2,4-DB was submitted in accordance with Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 844/201.  The Commission requested the EFSA to assessed the approval of 2,4-DB.  It its report is found that "The risk assessment for the renewal of the approval of 2,4-DB is based on a limited number of representative uses, which however do not restrict the uses for which plant protection products containing 2,4-DB may be authorised. It is therefore appropriate to remove the restriction for use only as a herbicide."  Therefore 2,4-DB is approved.

Application for entering a name in the register of protected designation of origin 'Maasvallei Limburg' (PDO) – wine sector
Belgium and the Netherlands have sent an application for protection of the name 'Maasvallei Limburg'.  In accordance with Article 97(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 the Commission has examined that application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of that Regulation are met.  In order to allow for the submission of statements of objection in accordance with Article 98 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, the single document referred to in Article 94(1)(d) of that Regulation and the publication reference of the product specification made in the course of the preliminary national procedure for examining the application for protection of the name ‘Maasvallei Limburg’ should be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions — Towards a sustainable EU food policy that creates jobs and growth in Europe’s Regions and Cities
The European Committee of the Region have listed a number of policy recommendations.  These include:

  • A common and long term vision in all relevant policy areas
  • A healthy ecosystem supporting agricultural productivity and resilience
  • Access to heathy diets, especially for low-income families
  • Standardised definitions, methodologies and practical measures
  • ‘Green’ public procurement guidelines
  • Multilevel governance approach linked to the sustainable EU food policy concept

Non-renewal of approval of the active substance picoxystrobin
The approval of the active substance picoxystrobin, as set out in Part A of the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011, expires on 31 October 2017. An application for the renewal of the approval of picoxystrobin was submitted.  EFSA assessed picoxystrobin and noted a number of concerns including a “clastogenic and aneugenic potential of metabolite IN-H8612 formed as a residue cannot be excluded and a high risk was identified for aquatic organisms and earthworms from exposure to picoxystrobin and for earthworm-eating mammals from exposure to metabolite IN-QDY63. Moreover, a number of areas of the assessment could not be finalised.” The commission based on the concerns identified state the “Member States should be allowed sufficient time to withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing picoxystrobin.”

Entering a name in the register of geographical indications (Štajerski hmelj (PGI))
Slovenia's application to register the name ‘Štajerski hmelj’ as protected geographical indication (PGI) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  ‘Štajerski hmelj’ is a hop plant. Its name means ‘Styrian hops’. Styria is the name of a historical region related to the territories of Austria and Slovenia. Austria opposed to the registration of the name ‘Štajerski hmelj’ because it would jeopardise the existence of Austrian-Styrian hops.  Slovenia and Austria concluded that the use of the terms ‘Hopfen aus der Steiermark’ (Hops from Styria) and ‘Hopfen aus der Südsteiermark’ (Hops from Southern Styria) referring to products produced in these two Austrian regions should continue to be allowed on the market even after the registration of the term ‘Štajerski hmelj’ as PGI. The Commission notes that the agreement recognises that ‘Štajerski hmelj’ fulfils the requirements for registration as PGI and sets out certain lawful conditions aiming at ensuring fair usage of the related rights.

Application for entering a name in the register of protected designation of origin 'Picpoul de Pinet' (PDO) – wine sector
France has sent an application for protection of the name 'Picpoul de Pinet'  The name 'Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet' was protection up to 2013 under Articles 51 and 54 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 and Article 28 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2002. In 2013 the name ‘Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet’ was removed from the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 172/2013.  Although the name ‘Picpoul de Pinet’ contains the term ‘Picpoul’, which is the name of a wine grape variety, it is established that the name has been traditionally used in the territory of the Member State at issue because the application for registration follows the removal of the old name ‘Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet’ from the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. Consequently, the name ‘Picpoul de Pinet’ constitutes a protected designation of origin within the meaning of Article 93(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications 'Makói petrezselyemgyökér' (PGI)
Hungry have applied for ‘Makói petrezselyemgyökér’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  The protected geographical indication ‘Makói petrezselyemgyökér’ designates a particular root of the Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum Makó long parsley variety.

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications 'Međimursko meso 'z tiblice' (PGI)
Croatia have applied for ‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications. ‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ is a product composed of the following two components: ‘slanína’ (back fat), and smoked, heat-treated cuts of pig meat.

Amendment to application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications 'Pan De Cruz De Ciudad Real' (PGI)
France have made amendments to their application for the register of protected geographical indications for Pan De Cruz De Ciudad Real. Amendments have been made to labelling.

Amendment to application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications 'Lietuviškas Varškės Sūris' (PGI)
Lithuania have made a number of amendments to their application for the register of protected geographical indications for 'Lietuviškas Varškės Sūris'.  Amendments have been made to the description of the product, method of production, and contact information.

Scientific opinions

Scientific Opinion of Flavouring Group Evaluation 500 (FGE.500): rum ether

Pest risk assessment of Radopholus similis for the EU territory

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme β-amylase from genetically modified Bacillus licheniformis strain NZYM-JA

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme pullulanase from genetically modified Bacillus subtilis strain NZYM-AK

Genetic resistance to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) in goats

Outcome of a public consultation on the Draft Scientific Opinion of the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) on Dietary Reference Values for riboflavin

Assessment of listing and categorisation of animal diseases within the framework of the Animal Health Law (Regulation (EU) No 2016/429): bovine tuberculosis

Review of the existing maximum residue levels for imazalil according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Safety and nutritional value of a dried killed bacterial biomass from Escherichia coli (FERM BP-10941) (PL73 (LM)) as a feed material for pigs, ruminants and salmonids

Safety and nutritional value of a dried killed bacterial biomass from Escherichia coli (FERM BP-10942) (PT73 (TM)) as a feed material for pigs, ruminants and salmonids

Scientific Opinion of Flavouring Group Evaluation 500 (FGE.500): rum ether

Pest risk assessment of Radopholus similis for the EU territory


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