Europe: new maximum levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA)

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/2040 of 11 December 2020 amended Regulation (EC) 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in certain foodstuffs. These new maximum levels concern in particular teas and herbal infusions (with lower limits for infants and young …

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European case law on CBD

The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently concluded that CBD (cannabidiol) extracted from Cannabis sativa cannot be regarded as a ‘narcotic drug’ because it does not appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health on the …

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Spain: recommendations on probiotics

In October 2020, the Spanish Authorities (AESAN) published recommendations on the use of probiotics in food. In the absence of lists of authorized probiotics, they can be used in food, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 178/2002. The EFSA QPS list is …

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Germany: updated list of plants

The German Authorities (BVL) published on their website in October 2020 a new list of plants and mushrooms (29 September 2020) replacing the BVL report Plants of September 2014. This revision was prepared by representatives from BVL, BfR, and BfArM …

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Contaminants : new maximum levels of perchlorate

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/685 of 20 May 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of perchlorate in certain foods has been published on 25 May 2020. It adds maximum levels of perchlorate in the following foods: Fruits …

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