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Blog | 26 May 2015

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1119/2014 of 16 October 2014 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for benzalkonium chloride and didecyldimethylammonium chloride in or on certain products, determines a limit
of 0.1 mg/kg of foodstuffs covered in Annex 1 of the directive and enters force in the EU on the 12 November 2014. The minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed of the 12 June 2014, foresees that the existing enforcement levels (0.5 mg/kg) are revoked 9 months after entry into force of the Commission Regulation. This suggests that the 0.1 mg/kg level will be enforced after 12 August 2015.

For plant and animal based raw food commodities as mentioned in Annex 1 (fresh fruit and nuts, vegetables, pulses, oilseeds and oil fruits, cereals, teas, coffee, herbal infusions and cocoa, hops, spices, sugar plants, products of animal origin including terrestrial animals; fish, fish products, shell fish, molluscs and other marine and freshwater food products) enforcement of 396/2005 will be relatively easy. For composite products such as sandwiches and in which components have been processed, the enforcement will be more difficult as supporting information to be published in separate annexes to 396/2005 has not been published by the EU.