12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • EFSA - Public consultation: draft guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors
  • Entering certain names in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed ‘Vieille Kriek, Vieille Kriek-Lambic, Vieille Framboise-Lambic, Vieux fruit-Lambic/Oude Kriek, Oude Kriekenlambiek, Oude Frambozenlambiek, Oude Fruit-lambiek’ (TSG) and ‘Vieille Gueuze, Vieille Gueuze-Lambic, Vieux Lambic/Oude Geuze, Oude Geuze-Lambiek, Oude Lambiek’ (TSG)
  • Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ (PGI))
  • Authorising the placing on the market of 2′-fucosyllactose produced with Escherichia coli strain BL21 as a novel food ingredient
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Arancia del Gargano’ (PGI))
  • Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Makói petrezselyemgyökér’ (PGI))
  • Request for approval of a non-minor amendment to the product specification of a protected geographical indication ‘Marrone Del Mugello’ (PGI)
  • Scientific opinions

EFSA - Public consultation: draft guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors
EFSA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are inviting interested parties to comment on the draft guidance document for identifying endocrine disruptors under EU legislation for pesticides and biocides.  This draft guidance, which was requested by the European Commission, has been developed by the two agencies with the support of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Entering certain names in the register of traditional specialities guaranteed ‘Vieille Kriek, Vieille Kriek-Lambic, Vieille Framboise-Lambic, Vieux fruit-Lambic/Oude Kriek, Oude Kriekenlambiek, Oude Frambozenlambiek, Oude Fruit-lambiek’ (TSG) and ‘Vieille Gueuze, Vieille Gueuze-Lambic, Vieux Lambic/Oude Geuze, Oude Geuze-Lambiek, Oude Lambiek’ (TSG)
Belgium submitted the names ‘Vieille Kriek, Vieille Kriek-Lambic, Vieille Framboise-Lambic, Vieux fruit-Lambic/Oude Kriek, Oude Kriekenlambiek, Oude Frambozenlambiek, Oude Fruit-lambiek’ and ‘Vieille Gueuze, Vieille Gueuze-Lambic, Vieux Lambic/Oude Geuze, Oude Geuze-Lambiek, Oude Lambiek’ in view of enabling them to be registered in the register of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed.  A no statement of opposition was received the names were approved.

Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ (PGI))
Croatia's application to register the name ‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and as no statement of opposition was received the name ‘Međimursko meso 'z tiblice’ has entered the register of protected geographical indications.

Authorising the placing on the market of 2′-fucosyllactose produced with Escherichia coli strain BL21 as a novel food ingredient
The company Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH made a request to the competent authority of the Netherlands to place powder and liquid concentrate of the oligosaccharide 2′-fucosyllactose produced with a genetically modified strain of Escherichia coli BL21 on the Union market as novel food ingredient.  Reasoned objections were raised within the 60-day period. In particular, objections concerning elevated intake levels of 2′-fucosyllactose were raised. The applicant consequently modified the request concerning the maximum amount of 2′-fucosyllactose in infant formulae and follow- on formulae. That change and additional explanations provided by the applicant alleviated the concerns to the satisfaction of Member States and of the Commission and the novel food ingredient was approved.

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Arancia del Gargano’ (PGI))
The Commission examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Arancia del Gargano’.  As the amendment were not minor the amended specification was published in the Official Journal.  No statements of opposition were received, therefore the application was approved.

Entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Makói petrezselyemgyökér’ (PGI))
Hungary's application to register the name ‘Makói petrezselyemgyökér’ was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and as no statement of opposition was received has now been approved.

Request for approval of a non-minor amendment to the product specification of a protected geographical indication ‘Marrone Del Mugello’ (PGI)
Italy have made amendments to their application for ‘Marrone Del Mugello’ (PGI) to enter the register of protected geographical indications. Amendments have been made to the description of the product, geographical area, production method, and labelling.

Scientific opinions

Safety of nisin (E 234) as a food additive in the light of new toxicological data and the proposed extension of use

Pest categorisation of Anthonomus bisignifer

Pest categorisation of Anthonomus grandis

Modification of the existing maximum residue level for cymoxanil in beans without pods

Extension of use of lycopene (E 160d) to certain meat preparations, meat products and fruit and vegetable preparations

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

The European Union summary report on surveillance for the presence of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) in 2016

Assessment of genetically modified maize 1507 × 59122 × MON810 × NK603 and subcombinations, for food and feed uses, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA-GMO-NL-2011-92)

Assessment of genetically modified oilseed rape MS8, RF3 and MS8×RF3 for renewal of authorisation under regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA-GMO-RX-004)

Pest categorisation of Botryosphaeria kuwatsukai

Pest categorisation of Oligonychus perditus

Pest categorisation of Venturia nashicola

Setting of maximum residue levels for cyantraniliprole in raspberries and blackberries

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

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)

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

Safety of ethyl acrylate to be used as flavouring

Safety of benzophenone to be used as flavouring

Guidance on the requirements for the development of microbiological criteria

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