Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Category : Non classé | Author : experts

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee has published its final Report on the Commission’s proposal for the revision of Regulation on novel foods.
The main amendments introduced by ENVI Committee are the followings:
– Clarification of the scope and definitions:
  • re-introduction of categories of novel foods as in Regulation 258/97 in an updated form, and adoption of a guidance document – following consultation with stakeholders – on the categories of novel foods to assist the applicants and the Member States in understanding whether a food falls within the scope of the Regulation.
  • Definition of “nano”-foods amended in line with EFSA recommendations (10% of nano-particles threshold for a food ingredient to qualify as “nano” instead of 50% as proposed by the Commission).
  • Re-inclusion of food from cloned animals and their descendants into the proposal, until they have specific legislation.
– Simplification of the authorization procedures with clearly stated or reduced deadlines for the different stages of the procedure.

– Data protection: extended from 5 to 7 years.
This ENVI report will serve as a basis for the Parliament’s first reading position to be voted on by the plenary session expected in April 2015. Following the Parliament’s vote, the proposal will be formally transferred to the Council. Then, both institutions will have to agree on the proposed text and appropriate amendments in order that the text may be adopted in first reading.

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