12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Regulating the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food and in plastic food contact materials
  • Consultation - The Food Labelling Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 - Low Alcohol Descriptors
  • FSA seek views on the proposed update of The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England)
  • Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Rucavas baltais sviests’ (PGI))
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Patata dell'Alto Viterbese’ (PGI))
  • Amendment regarding protein requirements for follow-on formula
  • Application for approval of a minor amendment for Canino to enter the register of protected designation of origin
  • Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin Bleu des Causses (PDO)
  • Entering a name in the register of protected designations of origin (‘Lough Neah Pollan’ (PDO))
  • Approving amendments to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (‘Graves’ (PDO))
  • Scientific opinions

Regulating the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food and in plastic food contact materials
The Food Standards Agency welcomes stakeholders’ views on the proposed Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 which will amend the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.  The purpose of the proposed Regulations is to provide for the enforcement in Northern Ireland of Regulation (EU) 2018/213 in relation to the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in varnishes and coatings that are in contact with food and in plastic food contact materials.

Consultation - The Food Labelling Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 - Low Alcohol Descriptors
The Food Standards Agency has launched an open consultation on whether new descriptors for alcoholic drinks above 1.2% ABV and the promotion of lower strength drinks should be introduced.  This consultation applies to Northern Ireland only.  Similar consultations will be carried out in England, Scotland and Wales. The closing date for comments is 11 July 2018.

FSA seek views on the proposed update of The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England)
The Food Standards Agency welcomes stakeholders’ views on the proposed update of The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 ('the proposed Regulations'). This amendment will replace the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2012 ('the 2012 Regulations').  The proposed Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 will provide enforcement authorities with the necessary powers for the execution and enforcement, in England, of:

  • Commission Regulations (EU) No. 2016/1416 (“the revised Plastics Regulation”) amending Commission Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 (“the Plastics Regulation”) on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2018/213 on the use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food (“the BPA Regulation”)
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No. 282/2008 on recycled plastic materials intended to come into contact with food (“the Recycling Regulation”)

Application for entering a name in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Rucavas baltais sviests’ (PGI))
Latvia have applied for ‘Rucavas baltais sviests’ to enter the register of protected geographical indications. The product ‘Rucavas baltais sviests’ is a butter which is half fat and has a uniform, soft and elastic consistency.

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications (‘Patata dell'Alto Viterbese’ (PGI))
The Commission has examined Italy's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Patata dell'Alto Viterbese’.  The Commission published the amendment application in the Official Journal of the European Union  and as no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the specification has been approved.

Amendment regarding protein requirements for follow-on formula
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/127 lays down, inter alia, compositional and labelling rules for infant formula and follow-on formula. The Commission received a request from a food business operator for the placing on the market of a follow-on formula based on intact protein from cow's milk with a protein content of at least 1,61 g/100 kcal, which is below the permitted levels of Commission Directive 2006/141/EC (3) and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/127.  On request from the Commission, the European Food Safety Authority issued a scientific opinion on 5 April 2017 on the safety and suitability for use by infants of follow-on formulae with a protein content of at least 1,6 g/100 kcal (4). The European Food Safety Authority concluded that the use of follow-on formula, based on intact protein from cow's milk or from goat's milk, with a protein content of 1,6 g/100 kcal (0,38 g/100 kJ) and otherwise complying with the requirements of the relevant Union rules, is safe and suitable for healthy infants living in Europe with an intake of complementary foods of a sufficient quality. On the basis of that opinion, and in order to foster the development of innovative products, the minimum protein content required under Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/127 for follow-on formula based on cow's milk or goat's milk protein should be lowered to 1,6 g/100 kcal.

Application for approval of a minor amendment for Canino to enter the register of protected designation of origin
Italy have made amendments to its application for Canino, an extra virgin olive oil, to enter the register of protected designation of origin.  Amendments have been made to the production method, where it is proposed to delete the paragraph relating to planting distances and growing and pruning methods.

Application for approval of non-minor amendments to the product specification for a protected designation of origin Bleu des Causses (PDO)
France have made amendment to the protected designation of origin specification for Bleu des Causses.  Amendments have been made to description of the product, geographical area, proof of origin, method of production, labelling.  ‘Bleu des Causses’ is an unpressed, uncooked, fermented and salted blue-veined cheese made exclusively from renneted, non-skimmed cow's milk. It has a minimum fat content of 50 grams per 100 grams of cheese after total desiccation and its dry matter content must not be less than 53 grams for 100 grams of cheese.

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

Approving amendments to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (‘Graves’ (PDO))
The Commission has examined France's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the Protected Designation of Origin ‘Graves’.  The Commission published the application for the approval of amendments to the specification in the Official Journal of the European Union and as no objections were received the specification was approved.

Scientific opinions

Re‐evaluation of propane‐1,2‐diol (E 1520) as a food additive

Safety and efficacy of Coxiril® (diclazuril) for chickens reared for laying

Safety and efficacy of Bacillus subtilis DSM 28343 as a feed additive for calves for rearing

Safety and efficacy of Lactococcus lactis NCIMB 30160 as a feed additive for all animal species

Safety and efficacy of ECONASE® XT (endo‐1,4‐β‐xylanase) as a feed additive for laying hens

Safety and efficacy of ECONASE® XT (endo‐1,4‐β‐xylanase) as a feed additive for pigs for fattening

Safety and efficacy of Calsporin® (Bacillus subtilis DSM 15544) as a feed additive for pigs for fattening

Assessment of genetically modified maize MON 87403 for food and feed uses, import and processing, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐BE‐2015‐125)

Safety and efficacy of butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as a feed additive for all animal species

Safety and efficacy of Bacillus subtilis DSM 28343 as a feed additive for piglets

Safety of the proposed amendment of the specifications of the food additive steviol glycosides (E 960)

Safety and bioavailability of silver hydrosol as a source of silver added for nutritional purposes to food supplements

Scientific opinion on the safety of green tea catechins

Pest categorisation of Apiosporina morbosa

Pest categorisation of Anthonomus quadrigibbus

Statement complementing the EFSA Scientific Opinion on application (EFSA-GMO-DE-2011-95) for the placing on the market of genetically modified maize 5307 for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 from Syngenta Crop P

Pest categorisation of Mycodiella laricis-leptolepidis

Pest categorisation of Sphaerulina musiva

Pest categorisation of ‘Blight and blight-like’ diseases of citrus

Pest categorisation of Nacobbus aberrans

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