Standing Committee for Animal
Short report of
the meeting held on 14-15 December 2000
CHAIRMAN: W. Penning
1. Examination of a draft Commission Decision
establishing a list of materials whose circulation or use
for animal nutrition purposes is restricted or
Some delegations were in favour of a
prompt adoption of the text, while others were
Some delegations required an adaptation
of the text in the light of the recent restrictions in
relation to BSE.
The Chairman proposed to examine and
discuss this in the next Standing Committee.
2. Final draft on "The guidelines for the assessment
of additives in animal nutrition". Discussion and
Part I (except Section IV, 4.5, Section
VII, VIII) of the « Guidelines for the assessment of
additives in animal nutrition » was discussed. A new
draft amended by comments of the Member States and
including Section IV, 4.5, Section VII and VIII will be
presented at the next Standing Committee.
3. Examination of a draft Commission Regulation (EC)
amending Regulation (EC) No 2439/1999 of 17 November 1999
on the conditions for the authorisation of additives
belonging to the group "binders, anti-caking agents and
coagulants" in feedingstuffs.
A proposal for dioxin limits in binders,
anti-caking agents and coagulants was examined. The
adoption of an opinion of the Standing Committee was
postponed to a later date.
4. Presence of dioxins in feedingstuffs:
- Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Animal
Nutrition on the "Dioxin Contamination of Feedingstuffs and
their contribution to the contamination of food of animal
origin". Presentation of opinion, conclusions and
- Opinion of the Scientific Committee on
Food on the "Risk Assessment of Dioxins and Dioxin-like
PCBs in Food". Main conclusions
- Exchange of views on follow-up.
The respective secretaries of the
scientific committees presented the reports on dioxins. It
was clear from the discussion that it is necessary to adopt
a comprehensive approach in order to eliminate the sources
of environmental contamination, and to adopt strict levels
for feedingstuffs and for food. Particular attention was
paid to fish and fishmeal.
5. Undesirable substances and products in
feedingstuffs: Further follow-up of contamination
6. Implementation of Article 22 of Council Directive
95/53/EC: exchange of views on the co-ordinated
inspection programme for the year 2001.
A working document concerning a draft
was distributed and all delegations were asked to provide
comments before the next meeting.
7. Dossiers falling under the scope of Article 9g,
paragraph 4 of Council Directive 70/524/EEC: compliance
with Directive 87/153/EEC
The Commission representative presented
a summary of the comments received from the Member States
on the conformity of each dossier with the requirements of
Directive 87/153/EEC. As agreed at the October meeting of
the Standing Committee, the Commission will formally
consult the Member States on dossier acceptability
regarding the rules on dossier presentation at the January
meeting of the Standing Committee. The Member States were
reminded that, following the January meeting, the
Commission will propose the withdrawal of the authorisation
of the products whose dossiers are considered
It requested that the Legal Service of
the Commission be consulted on the applicability of Article
4, paragraph 4 of Directive 70/524/EEC to the products
falling under the scope of Article 9g, prior to the
adoption of a decision on product withdrawal.
8. Examination of the animal nutrition legislation
The Commission's representatives and
experts from the delegations of all Member States discussed
present and future legislation in the field of animal
The Chairman made a specific request for
information from all the delegations on the implementation
in the different Member States of Council Directive
95/69/EC of 22 December 1995 laying down the conditions and
arrangements for approving and registering certain
establishments and intermediaries operating in the animal
9. Other business
At the request of the Belgian
delegation, the representative of the Commission informed
the members of the Standing Committee that the four
applicant companies, whose antibiotics were withdrawn from
the market in conformity with Article 1 of Council
Regulation 2821/98, recently sent complementary data as
provided for in Article 2 of the said Regulation. The
relevant Scientific Committees have been asked to evaluate
the additional data.
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