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Communication from the Commission - SG(2008) D/52467
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2008/0573/LV

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata -
Καμμία έναπξη πποθεσμίαρ - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora -
Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien -
Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud -
Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele
de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 200802467.EN)


1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2008 0573 LV EN 17-03-2009 16-12-2008 LV NOTIF 17-03-2009


2. Member State
LV


3. Department Responsible
LR Ekonomikas ministrija, tālrunis: +37167013067, fakss: +37167280882, e- pasts: notification@em.gov.lv


3. Originating Department
LR Veselības ministrija, tālrunis: +37167876000, fakss: +37167876002, e-pasts: vm@vm.gov.lv


4. Notification Number
2008/573/LV – C60A


5. Title
Amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. 334 of 20 April 2004 “Regulation for contamination of food
and requirements for the packaging and labelling of food containing pungent chemicals”


6. Products Concerned
Products concerned
Marketing of concentrated acetic acid to the general public as a foodstuff


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
The regulation will prohibit the sale of acetic acid with a concentration of more than 10% by weight in food retail
and will allow the use of high acetic acid concentration as a food additive only in commercial applications such as
the technological processes of foodstuff production in food companies.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
From 2000 to June 2008 and from 2003 to 2007, 255 adults and 42 children respectively were hospitalised with
internal burns caused by concentrated vinegar. The cases mentioned show that poisoning or burns by acetic acid
were mainly caused by inadvertent ingestion – confusing the bottle of concentrated acetic acid with that of mineral
water as the bottle of concentrated acetic acid is similar in shape.
The regulation makes provision for the general public to buy concentrated acetic acid as a chemical substance
with the appropriate labelling and packaging thus preventing it from being confused with food. Commercial users
in the food industry will be allowed to use concentrated acetic acid.
According to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1031/2008 of 19 September 2008 amending Annex I to Council
Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff,
acetic acid is considered as foodstuff if its concentration is less than 10%. Consequently the regulation will bring
the distribution and labelling of acetic acid in line with the international classification.
Consultations with manufacturers of chemical substances reassured us that, given a transitional period, they will
experience no problems changing the labelling and packaging of the 70% acetic acid and marketing the 10%
acetic acid as the only available foodstuff.
This draft draws on the experience of other EU countries where it is shown that the use of acetic acid with a
concentration of more than 10% by weight for household needs is not necessary and that it can be substituted
with weaker solutions of acetic acid or with less harmful products. Therefore, there are no grounds for concerns
about a decrease in the competitiveness of manufacturers or marketers.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Law on the Supervision of the Handling of Food


11. Invocation of the Emergency Prodecure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
No


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No

15. Implementation of the regulation will stop the use of concentrated acetic acid in the preparation of food at
home and thus will significantly reduce accidents caused by unprofessional handling. Considering that the
treatment and recovery of one patient for poisoning or burns from concentrated acetic acid cost the government
about 1,000 LVL and that the poisoning and burns can make the patient an invalid for the rest of their life,
implementation of the regulation will appreciably benefit the economy and public health in general.

16. TBT aspects
No
Notification under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
No
The draft does not have a significant effect on international trade.
SPS aspects
No
The draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure within the meaning of Annex A of the SPS agreement




Catherine Day
Eiropas Komisijas
Ģenerālsekretāre

Direktīvas 98/34 kontaktpunkts
Fakss: (32-2) 296 76 60
e-pasts: dir83-189-central@ec.europa.eu

				
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