12 January - 20 June 2016

Legislation headlines

  • Approving amendments to the technical file of a geographical indication for a spirit drink listed in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 resulting in changes to its main specifications (‘Ron de Guatemala’ (GI))
  • Approving an amendment to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (‘Chianti Classico’ (PDO))
  • Consultation - The Food (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018
  • Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications [‘Gailtaler Speck’ (PGI)]
  • Approving the application for ‘Însurăței’ (PDO) to enter the Register of Protected Designation of Origin
  • Authorising the placing on the market of xylo-oligosaccharides as a novel food
  • Three substances removed from the Union list of certain flavouring substances
  • Approving an amendment to the specification for a protected designation of origin (‘Côtes de Montravel’ (PDO))
  • Approving an amendment to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (‘Tacoronte-Acentejo’ (PDO))
  • Proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian/Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Scientific Opinion

Approving amendments to the technical file of a geographical indication for a spirit drink listed in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 resulting in changes to its main specifications (‘Ron de Guatemala’ (GI))
The Commission has examined the application of the ‘Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Alcoholes y Licores (ANFAL)’ for approval of amendments to the technical file of the geographical indication ‘Ron de Guatemala’.  As no statement of opposition has been received by the Commission, the amendments to the technical file have been approved.

Approving an amendment to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (‘Chianti Classico’ (PDO))
The Commission has examined the application for the approval of an amendment to the specification for the Protected Designation of Origin ‘Chianti Classico’, sent by Italy.  As no statement of objection has been received the amendments should be approved.

Consultation - The Food (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018
This consultation concerns the proposed Food (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 that will:

  • Draw to the attention of food business operators (FBOs) and enforcement authorities an amendment made to Directive 2001/112/EC relating to fruit juices and similar products by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1040/2014, and to the requirements of Regulation No 2017/2158 on acrylamide
  • Make other miscellaneous amendments and revocations to several Statutory Rules (SRs) to ensure the accuracy and currency of the statute book in Northern Ireland in relation to food before the UK exits the EU

Approving non-minor amendments to the specification for a name entered in the register of protected geographical indications [‘Gailtaler Speck’ (PGI)]
the Commission has examined Austria's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected geographical indication ‘Gailtaler Speck’. As no statement of opposition has been received the amendments have been approved.

Approving the application for ‘Însurăței’ (PDO) to enter the Register of Protected Designation of Origin
The Commission examined Romania's application to register the name ‘Însurăței’ and published it in the Official Journal of European Union. As no statement of opposition was received the application has now been approved.

Authorising the placing on the market of xylo-oligosaccharides as a novel food
Longlive Europe Food Division Ltd submitted a request to the competent authority of Hungary to place xylo-oligosaccharides on the Union market as a novel food ingredient.  The application requests for xylo-oligosaccharides to be used in a number of food categories, namely, bakery and dairy products, fruit spreads, chocolate confectionery and soy-drinks for the general population. EFSA’s scientific opinion gave sufficient grounds to establish that xylo-oligosaccharides in the proposed uses and use levels when used as an ingredient in bakery and dairy products, fruit spreads, chocolates and soy-drinks, complies with Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283.  However Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council lays down requirements for milk and milk products which apply to xylo-oligosaccharides when used as an ingredient in milk products. Pursuant to point 2 of Part III of Annex VII to that Regulation, xylo-oligosaccharides cannot be used in milk products to replace, in whole or in part, any milk constituent. The use of xylo-oligosaccharides as a novel food in milk products should therefore be limited accordingly.

Three substances removed from the Union list of certain flavouring substances
In the case of the following three substances: p-mentha-1,4(8)-dien-3-one (FL No 07.127), 2-aminoacetophenone (FL No 11.008), and 4-acetyl-2,5-dimethylfuran-3(2H)-one (FL No 13.175), the persons responsible for placing them on the market have withdrawn the application.  Therefore, the substances p-mentha-1,4(8)-dien-3-one (FL No 07.127), 2-aminoacetophenone (FL No 11.008), and 4-acetyl-2,5-dimethylfuran-3(2H)-one (FL No 13.175) have been removed from the Union list.

Approving an amendment to the specification for a protected designation of origin (‘Côtes de Montravel’ (PDO))
The Commission has examined France's application for the approval of amendments to the specification for the protected designation of origin ‘Côtes de Montravel’.  As no statement of objection has been received by the Commission the amendments have been approved.

Approving an amendment to the specification for a Protected Designation of Origin (‘Tacoronte-Acentejo’ (PDO))
The Commission has examined the application for the approval of an amendment to the specification for the Protected Designation of Origin ‘Tacoronte-Acentejo’, sent by Spain.  As no statement of objection was received the application has been approved.

Proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian/Vegetarian/Vegan
The European Commission has decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan'. The initiative states that: "Vegetarians and vegans struggle across the EU to identify suitable food. We must study the ingredients list of a food product to determine if it is fit for purchase with a hyper-awareness of ambiguous ingredients that could either be plant or animal based". The organisers call on the European Commission to propose mandatory pictorial labels on all food products indicating whether they are non-vegetarian, vegetarian, or vegan. The Commission's decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. The Commission has not analysed the substance at this stage. The registration of this Initiative will take place on 12 November 2018, starting a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers. Should the initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. The Commission can decide either to follow the request or not, and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning.

Scientific opinions

Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for cyazofamid

Setting of import tolerances for teflubenzuron in grapefruits, mandarins and broccoli

Safety assessment of the active substance polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross‐linked, for use in active food contact materials

Pest categorisation of Popillia japonica

Hazard analysis approaches for certain small retail establishments and food donations: second scientific opinion

Safety assessment of the substance Ln 1,4‐benzene dicarboxylic acid (with Ln = La, Eu, Gd, Tb) for use in food contact materials

Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for kresoxim‐methyl

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme endo‐1,4‐β‐xylanase from a genetically modified Bacillus subtilis (strain LMG S‐24584)

Safety of the food enzyme glucoamylase from a genetically modified Aspergillus niger (strain NZYM‐BF)

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme α‐amylase from a genetically modified Aspergillus niger (strain NZYM‐MC)

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme glucan 1,4‐α‐glucosidase from a genetically modified Aspergillus niger (strain NZYM‐BW)

Pest categorisation of Acrobasis pirivorella

Pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar

Guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to muscle function and physical performance

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

Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for picolinafen

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme endo‐1,4‐β‐xylanase from a genetically modified Aspergillus oryzae (strain NZYM‐FA)

Assessment of genetically modified soybean MON 89788 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐011)

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme acetolactate decarboxylase from a genetically modified Bacillus licheniformis (strain NZYM‐JB)

Safety and efficacy of Monimax® (monensin sodium and nicarbazin) for chickens for fattening and chickens reared for laying

Assessment of genetically modified LLCotton25 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐010)

Assessment of genetically modified maize MZHG0JG for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2016‐133)

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme maltogenic amylase from a genetically modified Bacillus subtilis (strain NZYM‐SO)

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme maltogenic amylase from a genetically modified Bacillus subtilis (strain NZYM‐OC)

Safety assessment of the active substance polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross‐linked, for use in active food contact materials

Safety and efficacy of Monteban® G100 (narasin) for ducks for fattening

Setting of an import tolerance for mandipropamid in cocoa beans

Safety and efficacy of Monteban® G100 (narasin) for chickens for fattening

Extensive literature search, selection for relevance and data extraction of studies related to the toxicity of PCDD/Fs and DL‐PCBs in humans

Extensive Literature Search, Selection for Relevance and Data Extraction of Studies Related to the Toxicity of PCDD/Fs and DL‐PCBs in Experimental Animals

Risk for animal and human health related to the presence of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in feed and food

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for pyraclostrobin in soyabean

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels and setting of import tolerances for pyraclostrobin in various crops

Pest categorisation of non‐EU Monochamus spp.

Safety evaluation of the food enzyme endo‐1,4‐β‐xylanase from a genetically modified Aspergillus oryzae (strain NZYM‐FA)

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