Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 12 June 2017

OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Council Discussions: EU reference laboratory for foodborne viruses

The following is an extract from the Minutes of the Agriculture Council held on the 12 June 2017:

The Council did not oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation amending Annex VII to Regulation No 882/2004 as regards the designation of the EU reference laboratory for foodborne viruses (8273/17).

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.

As this annex currently does not include a EU reference laboratory for foodborne viruses, the new Commission regulation amends it to include Livsmedelsverket, the selected laboratory in the field.

The Commission regulation is subject to the so called regulatory procedure with scrutiny. This means that now that the Council has given its consent, the Commission may adopt the regulation, unless the European Parliament objects.

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