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EU Updates Maximum Levels for Lead in Certain Foodstuffs

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The European Union has announced Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/1005 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1881/2006 with regard to maximum levels for lead in certain foodstuffs.

The Maximum Levels (ML) for lead are shown in the table.

  • Endnote (3) is replaced by the following endnote:

‘(3) Foodstuffs listed in this category as defined in Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control and repealing Council Directive 92/52/EEC, Commission Directives 96/8/EC, 1999/21/EC, 2006/125/EC and 2006/141/EC, Directive 2009/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulations (EC) No 41/2009 and (EC) No 953/2009 (OJ L 181, 29.6.2013, p. 35).

  • Endnotes (8) and (9) are deleted. References to endnotes (8) and (9) are replaced by references to endnote (3).
  • Endnote (11) is replaced by the following endnote:

‘(11) Wine and sparkling wines as defined in Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671).’

  • Endnote (13) is replaced by the following endnote:

‘(13) Foodstuffs listed in this category as defined in Regulation (EU) No 251/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of aromatised wine products and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1601/91 (OJ L 84, 20.3.2014, p. 14).

The maximum level for OTA applicable to these beverages is function of the proportion of wine and/or grape must present in the finished product.’

  • Endnote (16) is replaced by the following endnote:

‘(16) Infants and young children as defined in Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control and repealing Council Directive 92/52/EEC, Commission Directives 96/8/EC, 1999/21/EC, 2006/125/EC and 2006/141/EC, Directive 2009/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulations (EC) No 41/2009 and (EC) No 953/2009 (OJ L 181, 29.6.2013, p. 35).’

  • Endnote (28) is deleted.
  • Endnote (44) is replaced by the following endnote:

 ‘(44) Muscle meat from appendages and abdomen. This definition excludes the cephalothorax of crustaceans. In case of crabs and crab-like crustaceans (Brachyura and Anomura): muscle meat from appendages.’

  • The following endnotes (52) and (53) are added:

‘(52) The maximum level applies to the animal as sold without viscera.

 (53) For potatoes, the maximum level applies to peeled potatoes.’

Enforcement Action

The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/1005 of 25 June 2015 shall enter into force on 1 January 2016.

What do the changes mean for food industry?

Foodstuffs, of animal origin, imported to any EU Member State(s) must meet the revised lead MLs, as outlined in Table 1 of Regulation 1881/2006. In addition, foodstuffs not complying with these maximum levels which are lawfully placed on the market prior to 1 January 2016 may continue to be marketed after that date until their date of minimum durability or use-by-date. Compliance can be confirmed by residue testing and planning should be underway to ensure products can demonstrate their right to placed on the market within the EU.

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