Products of Animal Origin Containing Small Amounts of Additional Animal Products

29-Nov-2017
Products of Animal Origin Containing Small Amounts of Additional Animal Products

We frequently receive consignments of products of animal origin which contain small amounts of additional animal products e.g. egg or dairy. Typical examples would be chicken or prawns with a batter coating containing small amounts of dairy or egg, or surimi containing egg.

As part of our checks we need to be satisfied that these small amounts of additional animal product are EU-compliant, specifically that they come from an approved third country with an approved residue control plan. In the case of additional dairy products we will also need to confirm that the dairy content underwent the required processing for the country concerned e.g. pasteurisation before being used in the final product. For additional egg content we will also need to know the processing the egg content has undergone unless the final product is clearly cooked.

Currently for many products we are discovering the additional dairy / egg content only at exam and this causes delays when the origin is requested at that stage. Therefore, if you are importing animal products such as chicken or fishery products (including surimi) which also contain small amounts of dairy or egg, it would be helpful if you could provide information on the additional dairy / egg content at the same time as you present the CVED and health certificate.

Evidence of the origin of any additional dairy/egg content should be in the form of a commercial document, (e.g. a statement on company headed paper), from the manufacturer or exporter. 

For any dairy product content, e.g. lactose, yogurt, milk powder, sodium caseinate, we will need to know the country of origin of the dairy product and what processing the dairy product underwent in its country of origin prior to being used in the final product. Where the processing involved pasteurisation - we will also need to know the temperature, time and milk starting pH. If the dairy product was further processed in a second country before being used in the final product, we will also need to know details of the additional processing the dairy product underwent in the second country before being used in the final product.

For egg content we will need to know the country of origin and the processing the egg content underwent during its manufacture, including times and temperatures, before being used in the final product. If the final product is fully cooked, we will only need to know the country of origin.

The statement from the manufacturer or exporter should be dated, clearly identify the products it covers and relate to the consignment concerned e.g. by referencing the shipping container or by reference to the health certificate or invoice or packing list accompanying the consignment. We will not normally require the original of such a statement (which can also be sent by email), but may do so in cases where the validity of the statement is in doubt when we may also request supporting evidence.

The statement should come from the exporter or manufacturer. Copies of documents held on file in this country are not accepted.

If it is not possible to provide a commercial document as detailed above, you will need to discuss the matter with us. In such cases it may be necessary to apply to APHA for an import authorisation and then comply with the requirements laid down in that authorisation.




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