2015/09/03:

United Kingdom: Requirements to promote food hygiene ratings

Title: The Food Hygiene Rating (Promotion of Food Hygiene Rating)(Wales) Regulations- Regulation 2(specification of food business establishments in scope of regulations); Regulations 3-5 (requirements to promote food hygiene ratings).

Summary: The Regulations apply to the following food businesses (regulation 2): "establishments which supply take-away food direct to consumers or to another business." The Regulations define"take-away food" as follows (regulation1): “food that has been prepared to the specific order of consumers for delivery or consumption off the premises.”. The Regulations (regulations 3-5; Schedule 1) requires food business establishments as defined to display on their publicity materials either:     

(a) the statement Go to http://food.gov.uk/ratings to find out the food hygiene rating of our business or ask us for our food hygiene rating when you order” or

(b) the establishment’s valid rating.

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Lithuania: proposal for COOL on milk and diary

Title: Draft Order of the Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania approving the List of milk and milk products for which declaration of the country of origin of the milk contained as an ingredient is mandatory on labelling and the Requirements for declaration of the country of origin of milk used as an ingredient in milk and milk products

Summary: These Requirements use the term 'dairy processing undertaking', which is understood as an undertaking which purchases milk as a raw ingredient from milk producers and/or from milk collection undertakings or from other milk processing undertakings, then treats and processes the milk and/or produces milk products. The terms 'milk' and 'milk products' are understood as defined in Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products. The objective of the Order is to adopt a list of milk and milk products for which declaration of the country of origin of milk contained as an ingredient is obligatory on their labelling, as well as the rules for the use of this indication of origin. The scope of the Requirements includes the following milk products: milk, kefir and soured milk (without additives), cream, soured cream, quark (without additives) and white cheese. The provisions of the Requirements will be mandatory for milk processing undertakings operating in Lithuania. The labelling of the aforementioned types of milk products must state the country of origin of milk used as an ingredient. The indication shall be made in compliance with the following:

- where milk has been harvested in a single country, the label shall state 'Country of origin of milk - (name or abbreviation of Member State or third country)';

- where milk has been harvested in more than one country, the label shall state 'Country of origin of milk - (a list of the names or abbreviations of Member States or third countries)', or 'Country of origin of milk - EU', or'Country of origin of milk - EU and non-EU', or 'Country of origin of milk - non-EU'.

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Poland: draft regulation  on fee levels for food quality inspections

Title: Draft Regulation of the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development on fee levels for travelling to the place of assessment, for activities relating to the performance of assessment, laboratory research, the issue of trade quality certificates and the manner of, and deadline for, paying such fees

Summary: The draft Regulation defines the fee levels for travelling to the place of assessment, activities relating to the performance of assessment, laboratory research, the issue of trade quality certificates and the manner of, and deadline for, paying such fees. Fees for the above activities will be paid by businesses which had applied for agricultural and food quality inspection.

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Lithuania: enforcing EU Labelling Rules  

Title: Order of the Minister for Health of the Republic of Lithuania "On the Amendment of Order No. V-1213 by the Minister for Health of the Republic of Lithuania of 24 November 2014 approving the Lithuanian Hygiene Norm HN 119:2014 'Food labelling'"

Summary: The draft law stipulates the requirements for informing consumers about bulk foods, foods packaged following a request from a consumer, and foods packaged for direct sale (hereinafter: bulk foods) which are provided in retail trade locations and by catering companies. 

The following information should be provided for bulk products or products packaged following a request from a consumer which are sold by retail companies: name, a list of contents including substances that may cause allergies or intolerances, the date of minimum durability, details of the food-managing party responsible for the provision of information on the food, and the country of origin or place of provenance. This information should be provided in writing - on price labels and (or) by other means.

In catering institutions, the title and information about allergens and GMOs should be provided for bulk foods and foods packaged for direct sale. This information should be provided in writing or electronically.

The draft law also stipulates the requirements for the provision of information to consumers regarding bulk food sold by means of distant communication.

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Greece: slaughtering  small quantities of poultry meat

Title: Draft Ministerial Decision regulating aspects of the sale of small quantities of poultry meat by producers whose annual production does not exceed 10,000 poultry birds or rabbits.

Summary: Under this draft Ministerial Decision, poultry or rabbit farmers can sell their produce subject to the following conditions and restrictions:

      a) the poultry or rabbits they produce shall be slaughtered at the farm at facilities which meet the conditions in the Annex

      b) whole poultry birds or rabbits, which have not been cut up, shall be sold to end consumers at the farm, the weekly market located closest to the farm, or in retail stores located within the Regional Unit. In particular, traditional black turkeys may only be sold nationwide in the 20 days before Christmas.

      c) less than 150 poultry birds or rabbits are slaughtered per week. In the case of black turkeys in particular, all birds raised may be slaughtered in the 20-day period before Christmas as these are a seasonal product.

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Italy: Information leaflet note on the production of paste rennet using the traditional method - Use of full abomasa

Title: Draft circular on adapting the requirements set out in Annex III(I)(IV)(18) to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, for the purposes of enabling the continued use of the traditional method for producing paste rennet obtained from the stomach of small suckling ruminants, pursuant to Article 10(4) of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004.

Summary: The circular notified establishes that, to produce paste rennet, it is permitted to not empty the stomach of small suckling ruminants. Immediately after removing and separating the remaining portions from the digestive tract, handled in accordance with the provisions set out in the relevant regulations, the whole abomasum must undergo salting by sprinkling with food grade salt, after being placed in drums or tubs stored at a refrigerated temperature. All the processing stages performed at the slaughterhouse after the stomachs have been removed are carried out in separate rooms from the ones used for slaughtering, processing and storing other meats. Alternatively, the stomachs can be air dried under conditions that prevent rotting and/or alterations that would render the organs unusable for the purposes of subsequent processing stages.

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