12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Draft regulation proposing acrylamide reduction in food formally adopted by EU Commission
  • FSA – November stakeholder update on rapidly developing policy on food contaminants
  • Consultation - The Jam and Similar Products (Wales) Regulations 2017
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Kiełbasa piaszczańska’ (PGI))
  • Approving amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Patata Dell’Alto Viterbese’ (PGI)
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Amêndoa Coberta de Moncorvo’ (PGI)
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Beelitzer Spargel’ (PDO)
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin ‘Quartirolo Lombardo’ (PDO)
  • The approval of beer as a basic substance
  • The approval of mustard seeds powder as a basic substance
  • The non-approval of potassium sorbate as a basic substance
  • The non-approval of paprika extract (capsanthin, capsorubin E 160 c) as a basic substance
  • Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin (Moules De Bouchot De La Baie Du Mont-Saint-Michel)
  • Scientific opinions

Draft regulation proposing acrylamide reduction in food formally adopted by EU Commission
The new regulation published in the Official Journal requires that food business operators (FBOs) apply mandatory measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide, proportionate to the size and nature of their establishment. Acrylamide is a low molecular weight, highly water soluble, organic compound which forms from the naturally occurring constituents asparagine and sugars in certain foods when prepared at temperatures typically higher than 120 °C and low moisture. It forms mainly in baked or fried carbohydrate-rich foods where raw materials contain its precursors, such as cereals, potatoes and coffee beans.

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FSA – November stakeholder update on rapidly developing policy on food contaminants
A number of issues have been discussed at European Commission working group meetings and Standing Committees.  These Glycidyl esters in food, Seaweed Monitoring Recommendation, acrylamide, DEET (used in insect repellents), Derogation for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in smoked meat and fish, PAHs in Smoothie Powders, and Benzene in carrot and cherry juice. (FSA)

Consultation - The Jam and Similar Products (Wales) Regulations 2017
The Food Standards Agency is seeking views on the draft Jam and Similar Products (Wales) Regulations 2018.  The draft Regulations will replace out-dated references to the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 ('FLR') and introduce improvement notice provisions for non-compliance.  

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Kiełbasa piaszczańska’ (PGI))
Poland's application to register the name ‘Kiełbasa piaszczańska’ 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 ‘Kiełbasa piaszczańska’ should therefore be entered in the register.

Approving amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Patata Dell’Alto Viterbese’ (PGI)
Italy have made amendment to their application for ‘Patata Dell’Alto Viterbese’ to enter the reister of protected geographical indications. Amendments have been made to the product description, production method, link and packaging.  ‘The name “Patata dell'Alto Viterbese” refers to ripe tubers of the Solanum tuberosum species in the Solanaceae family obtained using seed tubers of potato varieties listed in the common catalogue of agricultural plant varieties.

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Amêndoa Coberta de Moncorvo’ (PGI)
Portugal have applied for ‘Amêndoa Coberta de Moncorvo’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  The name ‘Amêndoa Coberta de Moncorvo’ refers to the confectionary product obtained from sweet almonds (Prunus dulcis, (Mill) D. A. Webb) that are peeled, roasted and covered with a sugar paste, made according to the product specification. Three versions of ‘Amêndoa Coberta de Moncorvo’ may be placed on the market: white or standard; dark or chocolate; uncoated.

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications ‘Beelitzer Spargel’ (PGI)
Germany have applied for Beelitzer Spargel to enter the register of protected geographical indications.  The name ‘Beelitzer Spargel’ refers to the edible stalk of asparagus (Asparagus officinalis). The shrubs are perennial. There is a distinction between the production of white and green asparagus.

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin ‘Quartirolo Lombardo’ (PDO)
The Commission has examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Quartirolo Lombardo’.  The amendments were published and as the Commission received no statement of opposition the amendments to the specification were approved.

The approval of beer as a basic substance
The Commission received an application from the Institut Technique de l'Agriculture Biologique for the approval of beer as a basic substance. Documentation provided by the applicant showed that beer fulfils the criteria of foodstuff.  After consultation with the EFSA, the commission approved the substance beer as a basic substance

The approval of mustard seeds powder as a basic substance
The Commission received an application from the Institut Technique de l'Agriculture Biologique (ITAB) (France) for the approval of mustard seeds powder as a basic substance.  The Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority for scientific assistance. The documentation provided by the applicant shows that mustard seeds powder fulfils the criteria of a foodstuff and is not predominantly used for plant protection purposes but nevertheless is useful in plant protection in a product consisting of the substance and water. Therefore the substance mustard seeds powder is approved as a basic substance.

The non-approval of paprika extract (capsanthin, capsorubin E 160 c) as a basic substance
The Commission received an application from Group Peyraud Nature for the approval of Capsicum spp. spice as a basic substance.  After consulting with the European Safety Authority, the applicant agreed to modify the basic substance name to paprika extract (capsanthin, capsorubin E 160 c). Whilst the documentation fulfil paprika extract as a foodstuff, “specific concerns were identified, in the Technical Report of the Authority, regarding exposure to its component capsaicin and the non-availability of exposure estimates for paprika extract (capsanthin, capsorubin E 160 c), specifically through pesticide use and, as a result, the assessment of the risk to operators, workers, bystanders and non-target organisms could not be finalised.” Therefore the substance paprika extract (capsanthin, capsorubin E 160 c) is not approved as a basic substance.

The non-approval of potassium sorbate as a basic substance
The Commission received an application from Decco Iberica Post Cosecha S.A.U for the approval of potassium sorbate as a basic substance. After consulting with the EFSA, it was raised that “specific concerns however were identified, in the Technical Report of the Authority, regarding exposure to potassium sorbate specifically through residues of pesticide use. The Authority concluded that the information on residues was very limited and, as a result, it could not conduct a reliable consumer risk assessment. An exceedance of the temporary Acceptable Daily Intake of potassium sorbate due to the additional consumer exposure to residues from pesticide use of potassium sorbate cannot be excluded.” Therefore the substance potassium sorbate is not approved as a basic substance.

Authorising an extension of use of yeast beta-glucans as a novel food ingredient
Commission Implementing Decision 2011/762/EU (2) authorised, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 258/97, the placing on the market of yeast beta-glucans as a novel food ingredient to be used in certain foods and foodstuffs, including beverages, as well as in food supplements and in food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control. On 25 April 2016, the company Leiber GmbH made a request to the competent authority of Ireland for extension of uses and use levels of yeast beta-glucans as a novel food ingredient. In particular, they asked to extend the use of yeast beta-glucans to additional food categories and to increase maximum use levels of yeast beta-glucans per day for food categories already authorised by Implementing Decision 2011/762/EU.  On 7 November 2016, the competent authority of Ireland issued its initial assessment report. In that report, it came to the conclusion that the extension of uses and proposed maximum use levels of yeast beta-glucans meets the criteria for novel food set out in Article 3(1) of Regulation (EC) No 258/97. On 15 November 2016, the Commission forwarded the initial assessment report to the other Member States.  Whilst there was reasoned opinions raised, the applicant consequently modified the request concerning the food categories and use levels proposed and the Commission has approved the extension of use.

Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin (Moules De Bouchot De La Baie Du Mont-Saint-Michel)
France has made amendment to their application for Moules de bouchot de la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel to enter the register of protected designation of origin.  Amendments have been made to geographical area, proof of origin, method of production, labelling and other. ‘Moules de bouchot de la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel’ are live bouchot mussels primarily from the species Mytilus edulis (less than 5 % are Mytilus galloprovincialis mussels or galloprovincialis-edulis hybrids).

Scientific opinions

Guidance on the requirements for the development of microbiological criteria

Re-evaluation of mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids (E 471) as food additives

Re-evaluation of alginic acid and its sodium, potassium, ammonium and calcium salts (E 400–E 404) as food additives

Pest categorisation of Gremmeniella abietina

Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 73, Revision 4 (FGE.73Rev4): consideration of alicyclic alcohols, aldehydes, acids and related esters evaluated by JECFA (59th and 63rd meeting) structurally related to primary saturated or unsaturated ali

Safety of pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium salt as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 258/97

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

Assessment of genetically modified sugar beet H7-1 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA-GMO-RX-006)

Scientific Opinion of Flavouring Group Evaluation 410 (FGE.410): 4’,5,7-trihydroxyflavanone from chemical group 25 (phenol derivatives containing ring-alkyl, ring-alkoxy, and side-chains with an oxygenated functional group)

Evaluation of the Application for new alternative biodiesel production process for rendered fat of Cat 1 (BDI-RepCat process, AT)

Safety and efficacy of Natuphos® E (6-phytase) as a feed additive for avian and porcine species

Safety of benzophenone to be used as flavouring

Safety of ethyl acrylate to be used as flavouring

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