trans-fatty acids (TFA)

As of 15 May 2019, Annex III Part B of Regulation (EC) No. 1925/2006 stipulates that the level of trans-fatty acids other than those occurring naturally in fat of animal origin must not exceed 2 g per 100 g of fat in foodstuffs destined for the end consumer and in foodstuffs intended for distribution to retail trade.


Changed residue levels for iprodione in food published

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/38 of 10 January 2019 ‘amending Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for iprodione in or on certain products’ (OJ L 9, 11.1.2019, p. 94; Annex) is to enter into force on 31 January 2019 and shall apply from 31 July 2019.


Chlormequat found in peppers

Chlormequat has been increasingly found in dried paprika of late, with the permitted maximum residue level often being exceeded.


Processes to reduce maximum residue levels for iprodione and linuron

The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organisation of two processes to change the maximum residue levels for iprodione and linuron. Under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2091 of November 2017, the approval for the plant protection product iprodione as an active agent was not renewed. The grace period for all plant protection products containing this active agent ended on 5 June 2018.


ECJ: GMO provisions also apply to new techniques

Food genetically modified through targeted mutagenesis falls within the scope of the provisions of EU law on genetically modified organisms (GMO). The ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 25 July 2018 in case C-528/16 to this effect is thus a groundbreaking decision in the field of genetic engineering.