New Food & Feed products subject to aflatoxin controls at import

12-Dec-2016
Port Health Update - Import Requirements
New products moved under aflatoxin controls
Applies from 22 December 2016

The European Commission have published Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/2106 which amends the list of food and feed subject to emergency controls at the port in relation to aflatoxin contamination under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 884/2014.

Imports of spices from Ethiopia, groundnuts (peanuts) from Argentina, and hazelnuts from Azerbaijan have been added.

Imports will need to be accompanied by a health certificate and the results of sampling and analysis.

The import rules apply to products which contain the specified material as an ingredient at more than 20% of the finished product.

Changes to the Regulation

The controls of Regulation 884/2014 have been expanded to cover:

  • Spices originating in or consigned from Ethiopia
  • Groundnuts in shell and shelled as well as derived products originating in or consigned from Argentina
  • Hazelnuts in shell and shelled, mixtures of nuts or dried fruits containing hazelnuts and derived products originating in or consigned from Azerbaijan

There were also changes in frequency of checks for some products:

  • Dried figs and derived products from Turkey decreased to 10%
  • Hazelnuts and derived products from Turkey increased to 5% from random
  • Groundnuts and derived products from India decreased to 10%
                       
Transition Period

These changes apply from the 22 December 2016. However, for the new products that are controlled by the regulation there is a transition period. This means that consignments which left the country of origin before the 22 December can be imported without being accompanied by the required health certificate and the results of sampling and analysis.

View list of food and feed subject to aflatoxin controls                    

Documents Required

The law requires that all imports are accompanied by:-

  • Common Entry Document (CED)
  • Health Certificate
  • Results of sampling and analysis
Read more about aflatoxin controls and the import requirements
Further Information

Read more about Import Controls and the procedures for the submission of a CED


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