Food Quality Magazine January 2016 - Page 28

Food Quality Magazine ISSUE 01 | JANUARY 2016 Plant Harmful organisms in the EU – Annual report 2014 Cesare Varallo, foodlawlatest.com, adopted from Food And Veterinary Office, EU ous notifications. Article 16 (1) and (2) of Directive 2000/29/EC, requires that Member States immediately notify the European Commission and other Member States, of the presence or appearance of harmful organisms found on their territory or part of it, as well as the measures taken to eradicate or avoid the spread of the harmful organism concerned. This is required whether the harmful organisms are regulated (specifically listed in European Union (EU) legislation) or not. The European Commission analyses and reports on these notifications on a continuous basis and provides monthly reports on notifications received to the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, section Plant Health, in order to assist risk management decisions at EU level. This report provides an overview of the notifications received from Member States in 2014, as well as the main trends in the period 2010 to 2014. The total number of notifications received annually has remained relatively stable since 2010. In 2014, a total of 220 notifications were received from 27 Member States. Approximately two thirds of these related to regulated harmful organisms. 19 were updates to previ- 28 Some of the noti