Controls over Indian farmed fishery products

07-Oct-2016


Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority

7 October 2016

www.porthealth.eu

Port Health Update - Imports of Products of Animal Origin

Controls over Indian farmed fishery products
Amending decision increases sampling frequency from 10% to 50% with immediate effect.

Commission Implementing Decision 2016/1774/EU of the 4th October 2016 has amended Decision 2010/381/EU on emergency measures applicable to consignments of farmed fishery products from India intended for human consumption. This Decision takes effect immediately.

The amending Decision retains the requirement for mandatory testing to be carried out at the Border Inspection Post, however the number of consignments to be sampled under this Decision has been increased. At least 50% of consignments presented for import must be tested for the presence of antibiotic residues.  In addition, if a consignment consists of aquaculture products from more than one establishment of origin, samples shall be taken for each individual establishment.

Import requirements
  • Original CVED (Common Veterinary Entry Document)
  • Original Health Certificate
  • Original laboratory test report confirming that the consignment has been tested and is free from nitrofuran residues and residues of chloramphenicol and that residues of tetracycline, oxytetracycline and chlortetracycline are within permitted limits. This laboratory test report must make reference to the consignment and be signed and stamped by an authorised officer of the Indian competent authority.
  • Copies of commercial documents
Sampling

Port Health will randomly select 50% of consignments of farmed fishery products from India for sampling for the presence of antibiotic residues, notably residues of chloramphenicol, nitrofuran metabolites and tetracyclines. When a consignment has been selected for sampling the forwarding agent who submitted the CVED will be notified by fax. Consignments for sampling will selected once a day and it is possible that notification that a consignment has been selected for sampling could be received after the Destin8 exam advice has been received.

Sampled consignments will be detained in port pending satisfactory results and payment of the costs of sampling and laboratory analysis. These costs will be £900. Payment will be required before release and this charge is in addition to the usual vet check charges.

Article 24 samples

Samples of Indian farmed fishery products may also be taken under the Article 24 programme. This is in addition to the requirements under Decision 2016/1774. Samples taken under the Article 24 programme will also remain detained at the port pending satisfactory results and payment of the costs of sampling and laboratory analysis.

Further information on Article 24 sampling

Routine monitoring samples

Routine monitoring of consignments of fishery products from India will continue, however consignments sampled as part of our routine sampling programme will be released pending results.

Further guidance on PoAO imports


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