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PR(08)40: Iceland fails to incorporate a number of regulations in the fields of foodstuff and feed additives


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has formally requested Iceland to incorporate into its national legal order two Regulations in the field of maximum levels for contaminants in foods[1] and two Regulations concerning organic production of foodstuffs[2]. The Authority’s requests take the form of four reasoned opinions that have been delivered today.

Iceland should have made the two Regulations in the field of maximum levels for contaminants in foods part of its legal order, respectively, by 1 July 2006 and 28 April 2007. The corresponding dates for the two Regulations concerning organic production of foodstuffs were 28 April 2007 and 7 July 2007.

Further, the Authority has decided to deliver six reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporateRegulations concerning feed additives[3]. The Regulations should have been incorporated into the internal legal order of Iceland by 29 September 2007.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority could bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within three months of receiving the reasoned opinions.


For further information, please contact:

Patricia Gálvez González
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affaire Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 75

Helen Pope
Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 38

[1]Commission Regulation (EC) No 856/2005 of 6 June 2005 amending Regulation (EC) No 466/2001 as regards Fusarium toxins and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1609/2006 of 27 October 2006 authorising the placing on the market of infant formulae based on hydrolysates of whey protein derived from cows’ milk protein for a two-year period .

[2]Commission Regulation (EC) No 956/2006 of 28 June 2006 amending Regulation (EEC) No 94/92, as regards the list of third countries from which certain agricultural products obtained by organic production must originate to be marketed within the Community and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1851/2006 of 14 December 2006 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 as regards uptake of conventional feed during periods of transhumance.

[3] Commission Regulations 184/2007, 186/2007, 226/2007, 242/2007, 243/2007 and 244/2007

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