Additional products subject to vet checks

Port Health Update - Imports of Products of Animal Origin
From 1 January 2017 additional products will be subject to veterinary checks at the border

If you import food or food supplements which include ingredients derived from animals into the EU, it is important that you know about changes to the law which bring a lot of additional products under veterinary and public health import controls. These changes apply from 1 January 2017
Products that are likely to be affected

If you import any of the following products or products containing any of these as an ingredient (and it is of animal origin), you need to check whether veterinary checks apply.

  • Meat extracts, meat concentrates, meat powders and products containing them, such as noodles and stock cubes
    Empty gelatine capsules
  • Filled Gelatine Capsules
  • Other food supplements / additives
  • Food supplements in retail packs containing glucosamine, chondroitin, chitosan & similar products
  • Alcoholic beverages

What are the requirements?
Consignments that are subject to veterinary checks are required to comply with additional import rules:-
  • all consignments will need to be accompanied by a CVED
  • imports are only permitted into the EU through a Border Inspection Post
  • in most cases, a health certificate issued by the designated Government body in the third country will be required

From 1 January 2017 consignments arriving at the EU Border without the required documentation, or that fail to comply with any other requirement will be refused import.

More information

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