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Document 51996PC0506

Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE amending the Annex to Directive 91/492/EEC laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs

/* COM/96/0506 FINAL */

OJ C 335, 6.11.1997, p. 9–9 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

51996PC0506

Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE amending the Annex to Directive 91/492/EEC laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs /* COM/96/0506 FINAL */

Official Journal C 335 , 06/11/1997 P. 0009


Proposal for a Council Directive amending the Annex to Directive 91/492/EEC laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs (97/C 335/08) (Text with EEA relevance) COM(96) 506 final

(Submitted by the Commission on 18 October 1996)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 91/492/EEC of 15 July 1991 laying down the health conditions for the production and placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs (1), and in particular Article 11 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Whereas Chapter V of the Annex to Directive 91/492/EEC sets the acceptable limits for two types of marine toxin that constitute a danger to public health;

Whereas there is scientific evidence that a new marine toxin 'amnesic shellfish poisoning` (ASP) that could endanger consumer health has appeared in the areas where bivalve molluscs are produced;

Whereas the requirements concerning live bivalve molluscs in Chapter V of the Annex to Directive 91/492/EEC must be adjusted to take account of the new marine toxin;

Whereas to protect public health an acceptable limit must be set for this new marine toxin,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

The Annex to Directive 91/492/EEC is amended as follows:

The following point 71a is added to Chapter V:

'7a The total amnesic shellfish poison (ASP) content in the edible parts of molluscs (the entire body or any part edible separately) must not exceed 20 milligrams of domoic acid per gram using the HPLC method.`

Article 2

1. The Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions needed to comply with this Directive before 1 January 1997. They shall inform the Commission thereof.

The provisions adopted by the Member States shall contain a reference to this Directive or shall be accompanied by such reference at the time of their official publication. The methods of making such a reference shall be aid down by the Member States.

2. The Member States shall send the Commission the text of the main provisions of domestic law which they adopt in the subject area covered by this Directive.

Article 3

This Directive shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

Article 4

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

(1) OJ L 268, 24. 9. 1991, p. 1.

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