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GM19-018 New erucic acid limit comes into force 28th November 2019 15 Nov 2019

As detailed in GM19-014 in June 2019 the Standing Committee on Novel Food and Toxicological safety voted through long discussed new erucic acid limits in certain foods. The legislative process of bringing these new levels into law then began.

GM19-017 November 2019 update on status of European Commission discussions on contaminants 01 Nov 2019

In advance of the upcoming SCoPAFF on 18 th November, the current status of mycotoxin legislative developments is laid out below. It is understood civil servants have not been given authority to attend any meetings in Brussels at this time.

GM19-016 September 2019 update on status of European Commission discussions on contaminants 16 Sep 2019

Members will be aware AIC is working closely with BOBMA, nabim, and MAGB on the issue of mycotoxins and legislative limits. This briefing addresses changes learned from the 6 th September Working Group.

GM19-015 Mycotoxin Reporting Harvest 2019 – DON, ZON, T2-HT2 and ergot alkaloids 22 Jul 2019

With the wheat harvest beginning soon, AIC is again running its annual mycotoxin test results exercise with nabim, whereby we are looking to collate all mycotoxin test results which members perform on farm samples. These are then combined with the test results from mill intakes.

GM19-014 SCOPAFF vote erucic acid limit in vegetable oil down to 2% 08 Jul 2019

AIC has learned that at on 27 th June the Standing Committee on Novel Food and Toxicological safety voted through the long discussed new erucic acid limits in certain foods. Whilst a reduction from 5% in vegetable oil down to 2% had been agreed in principle several months ago, it is now in the process of becoming in EU legislation.

GM19-013 Update on industry discussions around electronic data sharing 14 Jun 2019

In 2017 progress was halted on the e-grain passport project, however it was recognised at the time that if the supply chain determined there was a desire to re-examine the matter it could well be revisited.

GM19-012 UK Assurance Schemes and the EU Renewable Energy Directive 11 Jun 2019

In September 2014 AIC’s TASCC and UFAS Assurance schemes were accredited as voluntary schemes under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. This accreditation lasts for 5 years and therefore the current accreditation comes to an end later this year.

GM19-011 Update on status of European Commission discussions on contaminants 04 Jun 2019

Discussions around contaminants continue apace in Brussels, with significant changes to existing limits for foodstuffs being considered. When any changes are officially decided Members will be made aware.

GM19-010 Defra publishes revised June census figures and explanatory report 31 May 2019

In February 2019, Defra published crop areas for England sourced from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) alongside areas from the Defra June Survey of Agriculture. For some crops, particularly wheat, the areas from the two data sources showed a greater divergence in 2018 than in previous years.

GM19-009 Cropping Areas – continuing accuracy concerns 01 May 2019

Some months ago the Government, through the Rural Payments Agency, published information on the areas claimed under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). This is something that has only started very recently and was in response to a request made by a number of industry organisations, including AIC.

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