In effort to reduce the incidence of microbiological contamination in food products, the Commission of the European Union (EU) has recently published for public consultation and comment a draft implementing regulation that would set conditions for the acceptance of certain foodstuffs from non-EU countries.
The proposed regulation would unify current EU regulations applicable to specific imported food products as identified in Annex I of the regulation. In addition, the proposed regulation would require that imported foods listed in the Annex be:
- Permitted to enter the EU exclusively through designated points of entry (DPE);
- Accompanied by the results of sampling and analysis performed by the competent authority in the country of origin in a manner consistent with relevant international standards;
- Accompanied by a health certificate prepared in an official EU language and signed and stamped by an authorised representative of the competent authority in the country of origin;
- Identified with a unique code that corresponds with the code cited in the sampling and analysis report and the health certificate.
If adopted, the proposed regulation would amend the Commission’s current Regulation (EC) No 669/2009, which details import control rules on certain food products.
Copies of the proposed implementation regulation and its accompanying Annex are available for download here, where interested parties may also provide their feedback on the proposed regulation. Comments must be posted by not later than mid-November.