Aflatoxins are genotoxic carcinogens. Levels of this natural occurring contaminant are controlled in imported food and feed.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 884/2014 sets out a control regime for food and feed in relation to aflatoxin contamination. Amendments were made by Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/2106 and commission implementing regulation 2016/24.
The law requires that all imports are accompanied by:
Consignments not accompanied by the specified documents must be returned to the country of origin or destroyed.
Samples will be taken in accordance with the requirements of legislation to ensure that food and feed comply with the limits of contamination specified in the relevant regulations.
There are several problems that have been identified as causing issues with controlled imports. These requirements are specified in the law and will result in the refusal of the consignment.
The law specifies that health certificates are only valid for 4 months from the date of issue, and that the consignment code must be shown on the packaging and must match that shown on the health certificate and results of sampling and analysis.
The consignment must not be removed from the port until the checks have been completed; consignments leaving the port are considered to be an illegal import and must be re-exported or destroyed.