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2011/880/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 21 December 2011 amending Annex I to Implementing Decision 2011/402/EU on emergency measures applicable to fenugreek seeds and certain seeds and beans imported from Egypt (notified under document C(2011) 9524) Text with EEA relevance

OJ L 343, 23.12.2011, p. 117–118 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 15 Volume 024 P. 33 - 34

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2011/880/oj

23.12.2011   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 343/117


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION

of 21 December 2011

amending Annex I to Implementing Decision 2011/402/EU on emergency measures applicable to fenugreek seeds and certain seeds and beans imported from Egypt

(notified under document C(2011) 9524)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2011/880/EU)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (1), and in particular Article 53(1)(b)(i) and (iii) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 lays down the general principles governing food and feed in general, and food and feed safety in particular, at Union and national level. It provides for emergency measures to be taken by the Commission where it is evident that food or feed imported from a third country is likely to constitute a serious risk to human health, animal health or the environment, and that such risk cannot be contained satisfactorily by means of measures taken by the Member State(s) concerned.

(2)

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs (2) lays down general rules for food business operators on the hygiene of foodstuffs. Those rules include hygiene requirements to ensure that imported foods are of at least the same hygiene standards as food produced in the Union, or are of an equivalent standard.

(3)

Certain lots of fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt have been identified as the causative agent of an outbreak in the Union of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli bacteria (STEC), serotype O104:H4. The origin of the outbreak was identified as fenugreek seeds from Egypt consumed as sprouts.

(4)

Accordingly, Commission Implementing Decision 2011/402/EU (3) introduced a ban on the release for free circulation in the Union of certain seeds and beans imported from Egypt that fall within the CN codes listed in the Annex thereto. That ban expires on 31 March 2012.

(5)

However, dried split leguminous vegetables, broken soya beans or broken oil seeds and oleaginous fruits are not used for sprouting purposes. Dried split leguminous vegetables, broken soya beans or broken oil seeds and broken oleaginous fruits imported from Egypt should no longer be considered as a food safety risk and should be reauthorised for import into the Union.

(6)

The emergency measures laid down in Implementing Decision 2011/402/EU should therefore be amended on the basis on this new information.

(7)

The Annex to Implementing Decision 2011/402/EU should therefore be amended accordingly.

(8)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Annex to Implementing Decision 2011/402/EU is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 21 December 2011.

For the Commission

John DALLI

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 31, 1.2.2002, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 139, 30.4.2004, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 179, 7.7.2011, p. 10.


ANNEX

‘ANNEX

Seeds and beans from Egypt whose release for free circulation in the Union is prohibited until 31 March 2012

CN Code (1)

Description

ex 0704 90 90

Rocket sprouts

ex 0706 90 90

Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts

ex 0708

Sprouts of leguminous vegetables, fresh or chilled

ex 0709 90 90

ex 0709 99 90 (2)

Soya bean sprouts

ex 0713

Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned, not broken

0910 99 10

Fenugreek seeds

ex 1201 00

ex 1201 (2)

Soya beans not broken

1207 50

Mustard seeds

ex 1207 99 97

ex 1207 99 96 (2)

Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, not broken

1209 10 00

Sugar beet seeds

1209 21 00

Lucerne (alfalfa) seeds

1209 91

Vegetable seeds

ex 1214 90 90

Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts


(1)  The “CN codes” mentioned in this Decision refer to codes specified in Part Two of Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ L 256, 7.9.1987, p. 1).

(2)  CN code as at 1.1.2012.’


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