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Glyphosat not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA

2017-03-27 14:02

ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

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ECJ: an amino acid is not nescessarily a risk to health

2017-01-26 16:21

On 19 Janary 2017 the European Court of Justice decided  whether the German legislation at issue in the main proceedings is in breach of EU law in that it, first, prohibits the use of amino acids in food in general, regardless of whether there are reasons to suspect that there is a risk to health and, second, imposes conditions on the possibility of obtaining a derogation.

The Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch (German Code on foodstuffs and animal feed)  aims to protect human health by prevention measures in the private national field or to prevent a risk that these products present or may present. The referring court referred to the version of the Code published on 3 June 2013 (BGBl. 2013 I, p. 1426), as amended byParagraph 2 of the Law of 5 December 2014.

In essence the European Court of Justice ruled:

Articles 6 and 7 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety must be interpreted as precluding national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which prohibits the manufacture, processing or marketing of any food supplement containing amino acids, unless a derogation has been issued by a national authority with discretion in that respect, where that legislation is based on a risk analysis which concerns only certain amino acids, which it is for the referring court to verify. In any event, those articles must be interpreted as precluding such national legislation, where that legislation lays down that the derogations to the prohibition covered by it may only be granted for a specific period even in cases where the safety of a substance is established.

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Welfare labelling scheme for Germany announced

2017-01-26 14:05
Germany’s agriculture minister, Christian Schmidt, has announced plans to introduce a voluntary welfare labelling scheme, initially just for pig meat. The intention is to eventually extend this to poultry and cattle for both meat and dairy products. The proposed state label would be voluntary and applicable to animals reared in good conditons.
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