§ Mr. Paice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects products that have been approved by the EU Standing Committee for Animal Feedingstuffs in December to be published in theOfficial Journal; and when he expects products so approved to appear on the consolidated list of approved products circulated to member states. 
§ Ms Stuart
Provisions for new feed additives agreed at the 6-7 December meeting of the Standing Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs have been published in theOfficial Journal of the European Union on 29 March as Commission Regulation (EC) 654/2000. This Regulation has now come into force in all European Union member states.580W
On 28 February the European Commission produced a comprehensive list of additives authorised for use in animal feed. The list has no legal basis in itself and is expected to be next revised in early 2001.
§ Ms Stuart
New authorisations for feed additives, such as those agreed at the December meeting of the European Union Standing Committee for Animal Feedingstuffs, are granted under Council Directive 70/524/EEC for generic, rather than product-specific approval. I am advised by the Food Standards Agency that one new authorisation agreed in December was on a dossier provided by a British company. The corresponding provision contained in Commission Regulation 654/2000 is for the use of a micro-organism product for use in feed for calves containing certain strains ofLactobacillus casei and Enterococcus faecium.