Emergency controls for pesticide residues in food - changes applicable from 8th December 2018


There are changes to the list of products subject to pesticide controls applicable from the 8th December 2018, which includes the migration from Regulation 669/2009 of vine leaves from Turkey and dragon fruit from Vietnam to emergency measures under Regulation 2018/1660.  

Furthermore Commission Implementing Regulation 885/2014 is replaced and repealed by Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/1660

The legislation is applicable from the 8th December 2018 however there is a 3 month transitional period for consignments which left the country of Origin prior to 8th December 2018

A Common Entry Document (CED) will need to be submitted for all consignments and sampling will be carried out in accordance with the published frequencies. All CEDs must be submitted on TRACES and imports may only be through a designated point of entry (DPE).  

• Each consignment of food should be accompanied by an original health certificate and the results of sampling and analysis. The sampling must be performed in accordance with Commission Directive 2002/63. 

• The health certificate shall be in accordance with the model certificate specified in the legislation (Annex II) and shall only be valid for 4 months from the date of issue. 

• The health certificate must be completed and signed by an authorised representative of the competent authority of origin.  

• Where the consignment is consigned from a country other than origin, the health certificate must be signed by a representative of the competent authority of the country the product is consigned from. 

• Consignments need to be identified with a code which must be present on the health certificate, results of sampling and analysis and each individual bag or other packaging form. 

Products subject to control

Product CN Code
Country of Origin Contaminant Checking Frequency

Pithaya (dragon fruit)
(food - fresh or chilled)

ex 0810 90 20 (10)
Vietnam Pesticide residues as specified 10%

Curry leaves (Bergera/Murraya koenigii)
food - fresh, chilled, frozen or dried)

ex 1211 90 86 (10) India Pesticide residues as specified 20%

Vine Leaves

ex 2008 99 99 (11, 19)
Turkey Pesticide residues as specified 20%

1) This regulation also applies to compound foods containing any of the food listed above in a quantity above 20%, regardless of the CN code 

2) ex = where only certain products under any CN code are required to be examined and no specific subdivision under that code exists in the goods nomenclature, the CN code is marked ‘ex’. 

3) The CN code for curry leaves suggests that it applies just to plants used in perfumery etc. This is not the case. The ‘ex’ here is to narrow the import controls down to curry leaves (fresh, chilled, frozen or dried) 

4) Advice from the Food Standards Agency is that the controls apply on the products imported regardless of the CN code used for tariff purposes. The risk to public health is dependent on the level of any contaminants present in the product, and this does not change with different CN codes.

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