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European Commission Removes Certificate of Origin Requirement for Food Supplements

Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1329 removing the certificate of origin requirement for food supplements classified under Combined Nomenclature (CN) code 2106 90 98 “food preparations not elsewhere specified or included” was published in the Official Journal L 185 on July 18, 2017.  Starting August 7, 2017, goods shipped within the U.S. specific Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) […]

Total Ban on Neonicotionoids under Development

The EU is moving toward a full ban on pesticide substances suspected of having a negative impact on bee colonies. At the March 22-23 Standing Committee meeting on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) Commission (EC) Member States discussed draft proposals to further restrict the use of all three neonicotinoids.  The three substances known as […]

European Commission Publishes Comitology Reform Proposal

On February 14, 2017, the European Commission (EC) presented its much talked about proposal to “modernize” the comitology procedure.  The comitology reform follows up on EC President Juncker’s pledge that he would change the rules because it is “not right” that the EC is forced to take decisions when Member States cannot decide among themselves […]

Deadlock in EU organic food rules talks

The European Parliament and Council negotiators have not been able to solve differences on a number of issues after two years and half since the European Commission presented its proposal for a new framework regulation on organic production and labeling repealing Regulation 834/2007.  For the last 6 months, the Slovak Presidency has tried to reach […]