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17.4.2018 ADDITIVES : Agenda of next EFSA Additives Panel - May 15 to 17 - Titanium Dioxide - Monacolin in red rice yeast

Further our mails below, please be informed that next EFSA Additives and Nutrients Sources Panel taking place on May 15 to 17, 2018 will discuss the draft output on the 4 studies on Titanium Dioxide that have recently been submitted by the EC for review ( our mail of April 4 below). The agenda of the meeting is attached for your information.  Part of it will be open to observers, notably that relating to Titanium Dioxide.  více

11.4.2018 CONTAMINANTS; Update on Pyrrollizidine alkaloids

This is to update you on the discussions that took place last week in relation to pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the EC working group..

The Commission and Member States took well note of our comments. They discussed the 21 alkaloids and the methods of analysis. Based on national experience, a report will be developed for the next meeting on the methods of analysis.

Also the national measures already in place in Netherlands and Belgium for PA containing plants were discussed. Although support from certain Member States, we understand there is as yet no firm determination to proceed with setting maximum levels neither for plants naturally containing PAs, nor for accidental co-harvesting.

The Commission and Member States set priorities for actions, with tea and herbal infusions as first priority, food supplements as second and honey as third.

The Commission welcomed our data, but indicated that it may be of limited value for an assessment by EFSA given that we should provide data of the combined presence of the 21 alkaloids.

Please send. Any further data to the secretariat.

The next meeting is scheduled end of May, beginning of June.

We invited the EC to come to our Food Supplements Forum meeting on 31 May. So members with a particular interest in contaminants are very welcome to attend. více

11.4.2018 ADDITIVE - NANO: E 171 Titanium Dioxide - France asks EC for immediate prohibition

To follow up the note below, please find attached the note the French authorities (plus English translation) have sent to the Commission, asking for an urgency measure to ban the use of TiO2 on the basis of article 53 of the General Food Law Regulation.

The reason given is the availability of new studies that the EC has asked EFSA to assess.

This matter will be discussed in the meeting of the Standing Committee on 17 April (See agenda attached).

Noteworthy is also that the French Parliament recently voted in a Committee on the ban of products containing TiO2 (manufactured in France and imported) as of July. This still has to be confirmed by the plenary. více

10.4.2018 Issue with nano-labelling in France

This is to inform you about an issue that our members have informed us about in France and that we would like to bring to your attention.

The French enforcement authorities DGCCRF have started enforcing the labelling of nano material on foods, including food supplements. In particularly products containing titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide are being tested and companies are being contacted and fined for not labelling the nano aspect of these substances.

It is clear that in doing so  the French authorities take a position that is not in conformity with EU rules;

- EU labelling rules (Regulation 1169/2011, Art 2.2 (t)) requires the labelling of ‘engineered’ nano-materials only. The French DGCCRF does not make any distinction between engineered nano-materials and non-engineered ones (which may be present in TiO2 and SiO2)

- The French authorities have published a specific law on the labelling of nano-materials (Arrêté of 17 Mai 2017) in which they adopt the EU definition from Regulation 1169/2011 (which since 1 January 2018 is in Regulation 2015/2283, Art 3.2 (f)) but also include a reference to a 10% threshold for labelling, which is not set at EU level and thus creates an interpretation issue.

The Commission intends to update the definition, but is waiting for the update of the Commission recommendation on the definition of nano-materials first, which is now only expected by end of this year)

The approach but the French authorities is a result of huge pressure by consumer groups. Some of these groups have already taken food companies to court over this issue.

This is an issue that has not spread to other Member States yet. The Commission is aware but is not intending to address this for the time being.

For companies being challenged on the French market, we recommend following the French industry associations, that are in direct discussion with the authorities. Our position is clearly that the approach of the DGCCRF is not in line with current EU law.

We continue monitoring this issue.

Please inform us as soon as you would have any indication this issue is also spreading in your country. více

4.4.2018 ARTICLE 8 Procedure: Update

This is to update you on the specific dossiers that are currently being treated or considered under article 8 of Regulation 1925/2006.

Hydroxyanthrace derivatives: 

FSE submitted this month the third part of its comments highlighting the uncertainties EFSA has explained during the post-adoption teleconference that was held in February. The Member States have been asked for their position and so far about 10 of them have done so. The Commission is still collecting Member State’s views and some further clarification from EFSA. No meeting is scheduled as yet for further discussion, but a proposal to put the substance in parts A, B or C will have to be presented by The Commission in due course. We keep following this intensely.

Green tea catechins:

The EFSa opinion was adopted on 14 March and is scheduled to be published in the course of May. Since the outcome of the opinion is not known, no discussions are yet foreseen at Commission level.

Monacolin K

EFSA is still in the progress of delivering its opinion. The deadline was extended until 30 June 2018.

New candidates for submission in the procedure:

Safety concerns about two further substances have been raised:
- Alpha-lipoic acid by Denmark
- Fennel tea use in infants and young children by Germany
No decision has been taken yet to submit or not these substances in the process.

Please let us know if these substances are of particular concern for you, as well as information that could be helpful for the Commission at this stage in the discussions. více

4.4.2018 Spain : Amendment to FS Decree published

Further to our mail below, please note that the Spanish Royal Decree 130/2018, of 16 March, modifying the Royal Decree 1487/2009, of 26 September, on food supplements has now been published in the Spanish Official Journal.  více

4.4.2018 Spain : Amendment to FS Decree published

Further to our mail below, please note that the Spanish Royal Decree 130/2018, of 16 March, modifying the Royal Decree 1487/2009, of 26 September, on food supplements has now been published in the Spanish Official Journal.  více

23.3.2018 Other Substances : Spain adopt its positive list

The Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) published a press release on MARCH 16, 2018,  indicating that the proposed amendment to the Spanish Royal Decree 1487/2009 on food supplements , that would include a list of other substances authorised for use, had been approved by the Council of Ministers.  více

20.3.2018 MUTUAL RECOGNITION: Final FSE comments

Please find herewith the final comments that will be submitted by FSE in this consultation. více

27.2.2018 CONTAMINANTS : EU Regulation on glycidyl fatty acid esters

Please note that Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/290 of 26 February 2018, which amends the contaminants Regulation as regards maximum levels of glycidyl fatty acid esters , notably in vegetable oils and fats for use as an ingredient in food, thus including food supplements , has been published in the Official Journal of the EU.   více

27.12.2017 Mutual Recognition : EC proposal adopted + consultation opened by Feb 15

As indicated during our last FSE Forum meeting, the EC College of Commissioners has now adopted its formal proposal on Mutual Recognition as part of its goods package ( December 20). It is now to be sent to the Council and Parliament to review (co-decision). Once adopted, it will become applicable as of January 1, 2020.  více

8.12.2017 Vitamin B6 - Netherlands : notification of new text setting maximum levels

This is to inform you that the Netherlands  authorities have notified to the EC and Member States of a draft Commodities Act aiming to repeal and replace their Commodities Act Order on vitamin exemptions ( text only available in Dutch so far at: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/index.cfm/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2017&num=546&mLang=en&CFID=1586341&CFTOKEN=51f9edf1903da5c7-5BF25AC8-CCAF-94A7-EB07684C44215A98 ) více

13.11.2017 OTHER SUBSTANCES': Final comments on Belgian draft Decree - Your input requested

Please find attached the comments that we shared with the Commission today. více

10.11.2017 CONTAMINANTS - HEAVY METALS : Dutch report on Outcome of WG on environmental contaminants ( October 5_

The Dutch authorities have released their take of the meeting of the working group on environmental contaminants of October 5.  více

9.11.2017 OTHER SUBSTANCES': Final comments on Belgian draft Decree - Your input requested

Many thanks for your contributions. Attached is the draft we intend to send to the Commission. Please let us know any comments by tomorrow více

6.11.2017 V&M Maximum Levels - Belgium Royal Decree on Food Supplements published

As announced (see Patrick’s mails below), the Belgium Royal Decree on Food Supplement amending the 1992 Decree notably regarding maximum levels for Vitamins and Minerals has eventually been published this week in the Belgian Official Journal (on October 31).  více

26.10.2017 Italian Notification 2017/135 - Labelling of production facility adopted

This is to update you on the fact that Italy adopted its contested law requiring companies to indicate on the label the name and address of the production facility.

As you remember, we submitted comments asking the Commission to oppose to this measure, but given that the measure only applies to products produced in Italy, the Commission let it pass. 

The law entered into force on 22/10/2017decree in Italian is available at: http://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/gu/2017/10/07/235/sg/pdf

The English version that was notified is still available at: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/index.cfm/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2017&num=135&mLang=EN#contrib

The law applies from April 2018 and stocks already produced can be sold. The law also specifies the fines for not complying with the law (2,000-15,000 Euro). více

26.10.2017 FS update- Notifications BE (other substances) and IT (plants) + CLAIMS : Outcome of Standing Committee of October 26

The Dutch authorities have released their take of last meeting of the Standing Committee on General Food Law of October 16.  více

22.10.2017 Norway - Scientific opinions on use levels for 3 other substances

We would like to inform you that Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has published its three final opinions regarding the safety of 'other substances’ for use notably in food supplements for: více

21.10.2017 Denmark - Change to FS legislation

Thanks to our FSE members, we have been informed of the development by the Danish Food Safety Authority of new legislation in Denmark intending to amend the current food supplement legislation, in particular the approach on maximum levels for vitamins and minerals to take account of current scientific knowledge. více

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