|Reports explore potential impact of new origin labelling for certain foods
On 20 May 2015, the European Commission has published two reports on origin labelling, as requested by the Council and European Parliament in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (1169/2011). Both conclude that the benefits from new mandatory labelling requirements do not clearly outweigh the costs and that voluntary labelling rules seem to be the most suitable solution.20 May 2015
|Safety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: SCENIHR Final Opinion
The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), have published the final scientific opinion, which assesses the safety and effectiveness of both dental amalgam and its possible alternatives.
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|Plants: GMO: Maize 5307
One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize 5307 for food and feed uses, import and processing, published on the 5 May 2015.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for a 1 month period.07 May 2015
|Commission adopts a Single Digital Market Strategy for Europe
The EC adopts its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe which aims to make the EU's single market freedoms "go digital" and boost growth and jobs in the EU. The strategy includes telemedicine and ehealth, which is a step forward in promoting interoperability and standards of these digital technologies in the EU, for the benefit of patients, health professionals, health systems and industry.
|Member States endorse reinforced measures to save olive trees
The Commission's proposal to prevent further introduction and spread within the EU of the bacterium, Xylella Fastidiosa were endorsed by Member States. The bacterium is a quarantine organism harmful to olive trees and potentially dangerous for a broad range of other plants important for the EU agriculture, such as grapevine and citrus. The new EU measures require Member States to notify new outbreaks in the EU, to carry out official surveys, and to promptly demarcate infested areas. Strict eradication measures in such areas are put in place, which include removal and destruction of infested plants, and all host plants within a radius of 100m, irrespective of their health status.29 April 2015
|GMOs: Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnations
The Commission has today adopted 10 new authorisations for GMOs for food/feed use, 7 renewal of existing authorisations and authorising also the importation of 2 GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed). These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by EFSA. However had received "no opinion" votes from the Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees. The Commission decided to adopt these pending decisions after having not acted on authorisations during the past months whilst a review of the decision making procedure on GMO authorisations was ongoing. The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation.24 April 2015