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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 12 December 2017

OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Reference laboratories in the field of contaminants in feed and food: Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on the 12-13 December 2017:

The Council did not oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation amending Annex VII to Regulation No 882/2004 as regards the EU reference laboratories in the field of contaminants in feed and food (13869/17 + ADD 1).

Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 lays down the general tasks, duties and requirements for EU reference laboratories for food and feed and for animal health. It also includes the list of these laboratories in part I of annex VII.

The new regulation designates the laboratory National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) as EU reference laboratory for metals and nitrogenous compounds in feed and food and as EU reference laboratory for processing contaminants. It also designates the laboratory RIKILT (Stichting Wageningen Research) (The Netherlands) as EU reference laboratory for mycotoxins and plant toxins in feed and food. The regulation also extends the scope of the EU reference laboratory for dioxins and PCBs in feed and food to all halogenated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in feed and food.

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