12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Amendment to testing methods for detection of marine biotoxins
  • Application for the approval of an amendment to the product specification of a protected designation of origin that is not minor ‘Squacquerone di Romagna’
  • Application for approval of an amendment to the product specification of protected geographical indications which is not minor ‘Salchichón de Vic’/‘Llonganissa de Vic’
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Saucisson d'Ardenne/Collier d'Ardenne/Pipe d'Ardenne (PGI))
  • Application for approval of a minor amendment to the name ‘Guijuelo’ in the register of protected designation of origin
  • Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin ‘Laguiole’
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin (Bleu d'Auvergne (PDO))
  • Approving amendments to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (Méntrida (PDO))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Kintoa (PDO))
  • Scientific Opinions

Amendment to testing methods for detection of marine biotoxins
Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 lays down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin and Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 lays down specific requirements concerning hygienic rules for food of animal origin. Implementing measures for those Regulations as regards recognised testing methods for marine biotoxins are set out in Annex III to Commission Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005.  Point 2 of Chapter I of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 provides that if the results of the paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) detection method are challenged, the reference method is to be the biological method. Considering that a Type IV method cannot be used as reference method, it is important to adapt the current Union rules to the international standards. Taking into account the so-called Lawrence method as published in AOAC Official Method 2005.06 (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Toxins in Shellfish) is currently used for the detection of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) content of edible parts of molluscs, it is opportune that this method is used as reference method for the detection of those toxins and Chapter I of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 should be amended accordingly.

Application for the approval of an amendment to the product specification of a protected designation of origin that is not minor ‘Squacquerone di Romagna’
Associazione Squacquerone di Romagna, Italy, an association of ‘Squacquerone di Romagna’ producers, has submitted an amendment application.  Amendments have been made to the description of the product, production method, legal references update.  ‘Squacquerone di Romagna’ PDO is a soft cheese that matures rapidly, produced from cow's milk from the defined geographical area.

Application for approval of an amendment to the product specification of protected geographical indications which is not minor ‘Salchichón de Vic’/‘Llonganissa de Vic’
The Regulatory Council for the Protected Geographical Indication ‘Salchichón de Vic’/‘Llonganissa de Vic’ is made up of all the producers of the sausage covered by the ‘Salchichón de Vic’/‘Llonganissa de Vic’ PGI, and it has a legitimate interest in submitting an amendment application. Amendments have been made to the product description, method of production, link, and labelling.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (Saucisson d'Ardenne/Collier d'Ardenne/Pipe d'Ardenne (PGI))
The application from Belgium to register the name ‘Saucisson d'Ardenne’/‘Collier d'Ardenne’/‘Pipe d'Ardenne’ (PGI), was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Commission received 2 notices of opposition, namely from Zurich Foodstuff Trading LLC — United Arab Emirates, on 17.8.2015, and from Rezos Brands SA — Greece.  The opponent's interest, as described in the reasoned statement of opposition, was not present and direct but indirect and hypothetical. Zurich Foodstuff Trading LLC was therefore lacking a legitimate interest and the opposition procedure was not continued. Accordingly, the opposition lodged by Zurich Foodstuff Trading LLC is deemed inadmissible. The name ‘Saucisson d'Ardenne’/‘Collier d'Ardenne’/‘Pipe d'Ardenne’ should be entered in the ‘register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications’.

Application for approval of a minor amendment to the name ‘Guijuelo’ in the register of protected designation of origin
Spain have made amendments to the product specification of a registered PDO, Guijuelo.  They are requesting that the following rules on use be included in the specification: ‘The PDO “Guijuelo” logo used must always be the legally registered logo and the use of the PDO “Guijuelo” logo shall be regulated by and in line with the Corporate Identity Manual that is in force’.

Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin ‘Laguiole’
France have made amendments to the product specification of a registered PDO, Laguiole.  Amendment have been made to the geographical area. The geographical area has been extended to the municipalities of Buisson, Saint-Juéry and Saint-Chély-d’Apcher in the department of Lozère.

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin (Bleu d'Auvergne (PDO))
The Commission has examined France's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Bleu d'Auvergne’.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification have been approved.

Agreement between the European Union and Iceland on the protection of geographical indications for agricultural products and foodstuffs
The Agreement between the European Union and Iceland on the protection of geographical indications for agricultural products and foodstuffs (‘the Agreement’) was signed by the Commission on 23 March 2017.  The Parties agree to promote between each other the harmonious development of geographical indications and to foster trade in agricultural products and foodstuffs with geographical indications originating in the Parties' territories.

Application for approval of a minor amendment to the name ‘Grana Padano’ in the register of protected designation of origin
Italy have made amendments to their application for Grana Padano to enter the register of protected designation of origin.  Amendments have been made to labelling. The amendment concerns the way in which packaging for the Trentingrana type of Grana Padano is presented.

Approving amendments to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (Méntrida (PDO))
The Commission examined Spain's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the Protected Designation of Origin ‘Méntrida’.  No statement of objection has been received by the Commission so amendments to the specification have been approved.

Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (Kintoa (PDO))
France's application to register the name ‘Kintoa’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the name ‘Kintoa’ should therefore be entered in the register.

Scientific opinions

Pest categorisation of Ips sexdentatus

Pest categorisation of Ips cembrae

Pest categorisation of Witches' broom disease of lime (Citrus aurantifolia) phytoplasma

Pest categorisation of Citrus tristeza virus (non-European isolates)

Pest categorisation of Satsuma dwarf virus

Pest categorisation of Tatter leaf virus

Pest categorisation of Ips amitinus

Pest categorisation of Ips duplicatus

Scientific Opinion of the PPR Panel on the follow-up of the findings of the External Scientific Report 'Literature review of epidemiological studies linking exposure to pesticides and health effects'

Safety assessment of the substance [3-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)propyl]trimethoxy silane, for use in food contact materials

ECDC, EFSA and EMA Joint Scientific Opinion on a list of outcome indicators as regards surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption in humans and food-producing animals

Safety assessment of the process ‘Krones’ used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

Pest categorisation of Hishimonus phycitis

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme pullulanase from Pullulanibacillus naganoensis strain AE-PL

Safety of 1-methylnicotinamide chloride (1-MNA) as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 258/97

Risks for public health related to the presence of furan and methylfurans in food

Assessment of genetically modified maize GA21 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA-GMO-RX-005)

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