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Legislation headlines

  • MEPs back proposed acrylamide regulation
  • Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Ossolano (PDO))
  • Publication of an amendment application for a name to enter the register of protected geographical indications ‘Cerezas De La Montaña De Alicante’ (PGI)
  • Approval of application for Monor, Monori’ to enter the register of protected designations of origin (wine sector)
  • Amendments to MRLs for Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain FZB24, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain MBI 600, clayed charcoal, dichlorprop-P, ethephon, etridiazole, flonicamid, fluazifop-P, hydrogen peroxide, metaldehyde, penconazole, spinetoram, tau-fluvalinate and Urtica spp. in or on certain products
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Gorgonzola (PDO)
  • Application for the amendment of the technical file of a geographical indication ‘RON DE GUATEMALA’
  • Application for registering a name in the register of protected geographic indication ‘Traditional Welsh Caerphilly’/‘Traditional Welsh Caerffili’
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Fenalår fra Norge (PGI))
  • Scientific opinions

MEPs back proposed acrylamide regulation
The European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted down on the objection to the European Commission’s proposed criteria to regulate the levels of acrylamide.  In July 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation requiring food business operators (FBOs) to apply mandatory measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide, proportionate to the size and nature of their establishment. Although the draft regulation was welcomed by both the food industry and consumer organisations, it was questioned by some MEPs. The ENVI committee threw out the objection by 44 votes to ten, with seven abstentions. (EuroActiv)

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Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Ossolano (PDO))
Italy's application to register the name ‘Ossolano’ 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 ‘Ossolano’ should therefore be entered in the register.

Publication of an amendment application for a name to enter the register of protected geographical indications ‘Cerezas De La Montaña De Alicante’ (PGI)
Spain have made amendments to their application for ‘Cerezas De La Montaña De Alicante’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications. Amendments have been made to the product description and geographical area.

Approval of application for Monor, Monori’ to enter the register of protected designations of origin (wine sector)
Hungary has sent an application for protection of the name ‘Monor, Monori’ in accordance with Section 2 of Chapter I of Title II of Part II of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.  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.

Amendments to MRLs for Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain FZB24, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain MBI 600, clayed charcoal, dichlorprop-P, ethephon, etridiazole, flonicamid, fluazifop-P, hydrogen peroxide, metaldehyde, penconazole, spinetoram, tau-fluvalinate and Urtica spp. in or on certain products
As regards ethephon, such an application was submitted for Japanese persimmons. As regards etridiazole, such an application was submitted for cucurbits with edible peel. As regards flonicamid, such an application was submitted for apricots, head cabbage, beans and peas (with pods) and sugar beet roots. As regards fluazifop-P, such an application was submitted for carrots and courgettes. As regards metaldehyde, such an application was submitted for leeks. As regards penconazole, such an application was submitted for grapes. As regards spinetoram, such an application was submitted for cherries, cane fruit, ‘other small fruits and berries’, ‘lettuces and salad plants’, ‘spinaches and similar leaves’, ‘herbs and edible flowers’, leeks and herbal infusions from leaves and herbs. As regards tau-fluvalinate, such an application was submitted for citrus fruits.  Applications were evaluated by the Member States concerned and the evaluation reports were forwarded to the Commission. Based on the reasoned opinions and the conclusions of the Authority and taking into account the factors relevant to the matter under consideration, the appropriate modifications to the MRLs fulfil the requirements of Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005.  Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 should therefore be amended accordingly. (Official Journal of the European Union)

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin Gorgonzola (PDO)
The Commission examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin (henceforth PDO) ‘Gorgonzola’.  The Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union.  The amendments concern the product description, the proof of origin, the method of production, the labelling, the packaging and certification rules. The Commission received a notice of opposition from Belgium reporting tha the amendment application does not establish clear rules for the packaging and the certification system.  Italy agreed that the rules on packaging and controls had to be detailed. The inspection (control) body for Gorgonzola PDO prepared a document which the opponent considered as clarifying the majority of the issues raised. The Commission considers that the amendment should be approved.

Application for the amendment of the technical file of a geographical indication ‘RON DE GUATEMALA’
Spain have applied for an amendment to the application of the technical file for Ron De Guatemala.  The amendment affects Section 7 of the technical file (‘Method used to obtain the spirit drink’), specifically point 7.6 (‘Ageing’). The amendments include removal

Application for registering a name in the register of protected geographic indication ‘Traditional Welsh Caerphilly’/‘Traditional Welsh Caerffili’
UK have applied for the name ‘Traditional Welsh Caerphilly’/‘Traditional Welsh Caerffili’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  ‘Traditional Welsh Caerphilly’/‘Traditional Welsh Caerffili’ is a ‘Caerphilly’ styled hard cheese made in Wales from milk produced on Welsh Farms. The cheese can be made from pasteurised or raw cow’s milk and produced using either organic or non-organic cow’s milk. It is the only native cheese of Wales.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Fenalår fra Norge (PGI))
Norway's application to register the name ‘Fenalår fra Norge’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and since no statement of opposition has been received the application has been approved.

Scientific opinions

Modification of the existing maximum residue level for abamectin in bananas

Assessment of the incidents of histamine intoxication in some EU countries

Modification of the existing maximum residue level for acibenzolar-S-methyl in kiwi fruits

Modification of the existing maximum residue level for fluopyram in purslanes

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

Modification of the existing maximum residue level for bifenazate in soya bean

Pest risk assessment of Diaporthe vaccinii for the EU territory

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

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for fluxapyroxad in various crops

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