A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on 12 January 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for the next month.23 January 2017
|Reopening of the American market to French beef: statement from Commissioners Malmström, Andriukaitis and Hogan
The United States announced the lifting of the import embargo regarding beef originating from France. The European Commission welcomes this decision which represents a new step in the reopening of a marked which had been closed since the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) crisis of the 1990s.16 January 2017
|Seminar - Healthy EU pigs to open new market opportunities - 20 January
On 20 January 2017, the Commission is organising, together with UECBV and Copa-Cogeca, a seminar on biosecurity in the pig sector with title "Healthy EU pigs to open new market opportunities." This seminar will take place in the framework of the International Green Week Berlin 2017.
Different high level speakers, including Commissioner Andriukaitis, will address this issue, together with the African swine fever situation in the region.16 January 2017
|Call for applications for membership of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health
The Commission is calling for applications with a view to revising the membership of the group, in compliance with the requirements set up by the revised horizontal rules for Commission Expert Groups (""the horizontal rules").
Interested organisations operating at European-level are invited to apply by 31 January 2017 at the latest.15 December 2016
Launch of harmonised certification scheme for fruit propagating material and fruit plants
A set of new rules, proposed by the Commission, to modernise and harmonise the production and marketing chain for fruit propagating material and fruit plants, applies as of 1 January 2017.3 January 2017
|SCHEER Opinion on additives used in tobacco products (tobacco additives II)
This second Opinion was requested by the European Commission to the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks, to develop guidelines for assessing individual tobacco additives. Read the Opinion.
For more information21 December 2016
|Europhyt Report : Preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases
The Commission has published its annual Europhyt – Interceptions report. With the increase in trade over the last decades, the risk of introducing new plant pests and diseases has increased. These can spread and lead to environmental damage, destruction of native plant species, substantial economic losses in agricultural production and an increase in the use of pesticides. Therefore measures to prevent their introduction and spread are essential.20 December 2016