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Food Safety

Regulatory Committees Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition

Short report of the meeting held on 14-15 December 2000

CHAIRMAN: W. Penning

Standing Committee

1. Examination of a draft Commission Decision establishing a list of materials whose circulation or use for animal nutrition purposes is restricted or prohibited

Some delegations were in favour of a prompt adoption of the text, while others were against.

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 conclusion.

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 recommendations

- 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 cases.

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 non-acceptable.

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 nutrition.

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 feed sector.

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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