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Food Safety

Regulatory Committees Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition

Summary minutes of the meeting held on 7-8 June 2001

CHAIRMAN: W. Penning

STANDING COMMITTEE

1.0 Examination and possible opinion on a draft Commission Regulation concerning the provisional authorisation of a new additive ( Doc. SANCO/1780/2001)

A draft Regulation provisionally authorising the new additive "potassium diformate" belonging to the group "growth promoters" in accordance with Directive 70/524/EEC concerning additives in feedingstuffs was examined. Some minor modifications were agreed.

The vote took place.

Result of the vote: unanimously in favour.

2.0 Timetables for additives

The timetables for the first evaluation period for Article 9 products were reviewed. The end of the first evaluation period for the products - Flavomycin 40 & 60, (Rapp. UK), - Romensin (Rapp. UK)- Deccox (Rapp. UK)- Stenorol (Rapp. UK) was set for 9 July 2001.The end of the first evaluation period for the products

- Elancoban (Rapp. UK)- Monteban (Rapp. UK) - Sacox 120 micro Granulate (Rapp.UK)- Cycostat 66G (Rapp. UK) - Avatec 15% (Rapp. F) was set for 12 September 2001.

The Rapporteur Member States were asked to instruct the companies to send theproduct dossiers to all SCAN members for evaluation.

Berliner Blau

The first evaluation period for the product " Berliner Blau" (Ammoniumiron(III) hexacyanoferrate(II)), Rapp. NOR, will end on 9 July 2001.

Kemzyme W liquid

For Kemzyme W liquid, Rapp B - extension of use to turkeys -
clock 3: as foreseen under Article 4, paragraph 4, the second evaluation period will end on 8 July 2001.

Quatrazyme

For Quatrazyme (E.C. No. 24), Rapp. F - extension of use to laying hens -
clock 3: as foreseen under Article 4, paragraph 4, the second evaluation period will end on 8 July 2001.

3.0 Enzymes:

3.1 "ALLZYME PT" - No. 14- extension of use to the animal category turkeys for fattening (clock 1 day 1: 04.05.2001; end of 60-day period as foreseen under Article 4, paragraph 4: 03.07.2001) - setting timetable - Rapp. IRL .

The additive was on the agenda for the first time; the deadline for the check on conformity with guidelines will be 3 July 2001.

3.2 "BELFEED B1100 ML"- No. 51 - Extension to a new physical form for chickens for fattening (clock 1 day 1: 27.03.2001; end of 60-day period as foreseen under Article 4, paragraph 4: 27.05.2001)- conformity of dossier; Rapp. B.
The end of the first clock was 27 May 2001, whilst the beginning of the evaluation period was set at 7 June 2001.

3.3 "ROXAZYME G2" - No. 11 - extension to the animal categories laying hens and piglets (clock 1 day 1: 06.04.2001; end of 60-day period as foreseen under Article 4, paragraph 4: 05.06.2001)- conformity of dossier; Rapp. B.

The end of the first clock was 5 June 2001, whilst the beginning of the evaluation period was set at 7 June 2001.

4.0 Micro-organisms: "PROVITA E" new dossier - Enterococcus faecium DSM 7134 (clock 1 day 1: 15.03.2001; end of 60-day period as foreseen under Article 4, paragraph 4: 16.05.2001) )- conformity of dossier; Rapp A. The end of the first clock was 16 May 2001, whilst the beginning of the evaluation period was set at 7 June 2001.

5.0 Anti-caking agents: natriumferrocyanid - (day 0 : 29.09.2000; clock 3- restart: second part of the evaluation period - Article 4 paragraph 6 of Council Directive 70/524/EEC) (rapporteur: D).Two Member States had not finished the evaluation of the supplementary data. The product will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition.

6.0 Anti-caking agents: kaliumferrocyanid - (day 0 : 29.09.2000; clock 3- restart: second part of the evaluation period - Article 4 paragraph 6 of Council Directive 70/524/EEC) (rapporteur: D).Two Member States had not finished the evaluation of the supplementary data. The product will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition.

7.0 Exchange of views on the list of authorised additives in feedingstuffs as foreseen under Article 9t, paragraph 1 (b), of Council Directive 70/524/EEC (Doc. SANCO/3767/00 rev. 2).

After a legislative reminder concerning this list (publication in "C" series of the Official Journal), the state of the document was briefly presented. The Member States were reminded to send their comments and corrections on revision 2 of the document. The importance of this list and of its publication was underlined by Member States and by the Commission, more particularly in connection with the transparency principle.

General questions were raised on the presentation and content of the future publication (inclusion of a list of acts of authorisation, inclusion of the additives authorised before January 1988 in the former Annex I to Council Directive 70/524/EEC and falling under the scope of Article 9g, etc).

8.0 Exchange of views on the provisional authorisations of additives in feedingstuffs and the extension of the periods of authorisation.

A working and reference document listing all the provisional authorisations of additives in feedingstuffs was presented. This document will be used as a basis for a new proposal extending the provisional authorisations until the end of the maximum period of four or five years.

The method used to determine the maximum duration of the provisional authorisations (5 or 4 years) was explained.

The Member States were asked to verify the dates set for the expiry of provisional authorisations and to submit their comments or corrections to the Commission by mid-June 2001.

The Commission said it intended to present the Annex to this new draft Regulation to the Member States at the next Standing Committee meeting in June 2001, in order to put the new draft Regulation to the vote in September 2001.

9.0 Information on the future work of the Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding

The Commission informed the Committee that the Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding would discuss the control methods for undesirable substances at its next session to be held in Copenhagen in May 2002. The Community had already provided information requested by the Codex secretariat on this matter for the previous session. However, some Member States suggested the presentation, on behalf of the Community, of a simple text defining the main objectives of Community rules. The Commission concluded that the preparation of this item for the next Codex Task Force session should take place at the beginning of 2002.

10. Exchange of views on a working document : draft Commission Regulation concerning the provisional authorisation of a new additive in feedingstuffs (SANCO/1784/01 manganomanganic oxide, and letter from NW of 4.05.01).

No comments were made by the delegations on the draft Commission Regulation (Doc. SANCO/1784/01). A Commission representative said that the draft proposal would be ready for adoption as soon as the SCAN delivered its opinion (probably at its plenary meeting on 3-4 July).

Three delegations stressed the urgent need to adopt the draft Regulation, discussed last year, to reduce maximum levels of certain trace elements authorised under Directive 70/524/EC and incorporate the provisional authorisation of this new trace element into that Regulation.

A Commission representative informed the delegations that the intention was to adopt the above-mentioned Regulation as soon as possible. This had not been possible up to now because the Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition (SCAN) had not yet delivered its opinion. The examination of the dossier by the SCAN was progressing well, and the Regulation would be adopted as soon as the SCAN's opinion became available. Two delegations supported the Commission's point of view

11. Article 9g of Directive 70/524/EEC:

Follow-up to the list of products in Doc. SANCO/1175/01 (Proposal for a Commission Regulation amending Council Directive 70/524/EEC as regards the withdrawal of the authorisation of certain additives belonging to the group of coccidiostats).

The status of Amprol Plus â (amprolium) and Koffogran â (nicarbazin) was discussed. Based on the deficiencies in the dossiers and the provisional completion dates of the missing studies in 2002, the Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition agreed to keep both products in the proposal for a Commission Regulation amending Council Directive 70/524/EEC concerning additives in feedingstuffs as regards the withdrawal of authorisation for certain additives belonging to the group coccidiostats and other medicinal substances (Doc. SANCO/1175/01)

12. Dioxins in feedingstuffs

Discussion on a

working document for a draft Commission Directive (EC) amending Council Directive 1999/29/EC of 22 April 1999 on the undesirable substances and products in animal nutrition (SANCO/0382/2001 - rev. 1)

working document for a draft Commission Recommendation on the reduction of the presence of dioxins in the feed chain (SANCO/0383/2001 - rev. 1)

working document containing minimum requirements for the methods of analysis for the control of dioxins in feedingstuffs (SANCO/1562/2001 - rev. 1)

The revised working documents were discussed. The modifications with regard to the previous version were generally welcomed. These included:

- not yet setting concrete lower maximum limits applicable from 2006, but a revision clause with a view to setting lower maximum limits before 2006 is foreseen;- not yet setting concrete values for target levels, but maintaining the principle of target levels;

- allowing some flexibility in the application of action levels in order to take into account the different national background contamination levels;

- establishment of maximum levels and action levels for all feed materials and feedingstuffs on a 12% humidity basis;

- exemption for feedingstuffs for fur animals

Comments were made with regard to the principle of setting maximum levels, feedingstuffs for pet animals and the analytical difficulties in monitoring the lowest proposed maximum upperbound limits. Comments were made with regard to the possible economic consequences of the legal provisions foreseen.

The Commission representative suggested reflecting on the comments made and discussing the issue further at the next meeting of the Standing Committee.

Any other business

Citrus pulp pellets from Brazil

The Committee was informed that the Brazilian authorities intended to modify slightly the internal control system in order to ensure that citrus pulp pellets destined for the EC complied with Community legislation with regard to the maximum level of dioxins permitted in citrus pulp pellets. The Committee did not make any comments.

With regard to the proposed change in the name of the product from "citrus pulp pellet" to "citrus peel pellet", the Committee noted that the Annex to Directive 96/25 on the circulation of feed materials listed citrus pulp as a feed material.

Other points.

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