Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2018

Commission Consultation, 9 October 2018

HYGIENE - Commission consultation: Avoiding contamination of oils and fats transported by sea (permitted previous cargoes)

The Commission is consulting on a new proposed regulation. Full details are available on the Commission site at: The consultation closes on 6 November 2018.

Commission draft Regulation amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 579/2014 granting derogation from certain provisions of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the transport of liquid oils and fats by sea

A copy of the draft Regulation is available on this site (click on image). A copy of the draft Annex is also available.

The following are the recitals from the draft of the proposed regulation:

Commission Regulation (EU) No 579/20142 provides for a derogation from point 4 of Chapter IV of Annex II to Regulation EC (No) 852/2004 as regards the transport in seagoing vessels of liquid oils and fats intended for or likely to be used for human consumption under certain conditions.

Those conditions relate to the shipping equipment and practices as well as to criteria as regards substances to be transported in a seagoing vessel as previous cargo. Substances that fulfil those criteria are listed in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 579/2014 (list of acceptable previous cargoes).

In its scientific opinion of 24 November 20163, the European Food Safety Authority (‘the Authority’) evaluated methylacetate, ethyl-tert-butyl ether, ammonium sulphate and calcium lignosulphonate for acceptability as previous cargoes. The Authority concluded that methylacetate and ethyl-tert-butyl ether meet the criteria for acceptability as a previous cargo, that for ammonium sulphate only food-grade products meet the acceptability criteria and that calcium lignosulphonate does not meet those criteria.

It is therefore appropriate to amend the list of acceptable previous cargoes set out in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 579/2014.

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.

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