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Feed F06-003 - Organic Food: New Regulation will Improve Clarity for Consumers and Farmers 04 Jan 2006

On 21 December, the Commission issued a press release announcing a new draft regulation on organic production, which aims to improve clarity for both consumers and farmers. Organic Farming Unit, Defra will be circulating the text of the proposal along with a consultation document for comment.

Feed F06-002 - Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in Great Britain 2004 - A Progress Report 03 Jan 2006

Defra have published the following publication, Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in Great Britain 2004

Feed F06-001 - Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2006 03 Jan 2006

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has advised that the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VM Regulations) 2005, which came into operation from 31 October onwards (reference F05-131), will be revoked and replaced with amended legislation during 2006. The consultation period for the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2006 will begin during March and the new Regulations will come into force on 1 October 2006.

General G06-001 - Priorities for the EU in 2006 03 Jan 2006

The EU Presidency in 2006 is held by Austria and Finland and the two countries have issued a joint working programme to co-ordinate their priorities for their respective six months in office. A few of the more relevant areas are summarised below:

General G05-130 - AIC Contract Note for Grain & Peas or Beans (Wholesale Terms) - New Notices Clause 22 Dec 2005

AIC has revised its Contract Note for Grain and Peas or Beans (Wholesale Terms) (Grain/Pulses No.2) to provide for the introduction of a Notices Clause.

General G05-131 - Mr R H Roddie Messer Deceased 22 Dec 2005

We are sorry to report the death of Mr RH (Roddie) Messer aged 88. Roddie was President of BASAM, one of AIC�s predecessor associations, in 1974/75.

General G05-132 - The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feedingstuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 22 Dec 2005

The Regulations which come into force on 22nd December 2005 specify maximum levels of pesticide residues which crops, food and feedingstuffs may contain in implementation of Council Directive 76/895/EEC relating to fruit and vegetables, Council Directive 86/362/EEC and Council Directive 86/363/EEC as regards cereals and products of animal origin, and Council Directive 90/642/EEC as regards certain products of plant origin (including fruit and vegetables), as amended.

General G05-133 - Avian Influenza Directive 22 Dec 2005

The Avian Influenza Directive was adopted by Member States at the Agriculture Council on 20th December 2005.

Feed F05-139 - Response to the ECJ Ruling on Percentage Declaration of Ingredients - Meetings with the FSA and FEFAC 22 Dec 2005

As detailed in the high level briefing attached to Member Briefing F05-133 the key features of the ECJ ruling on the amendment to the Compound Feedingstuffs Directive

Plant Health PH05-024 - Member's Comments on Revision of RB 209 21 Dec 2005

For all those interested in providing input and comment into the revision of Defras' Fertiliser Recommendations (RB 209)