Imports of non animal origin products - EU controls

About aflatoxin controls in imported food and feed

Aflatoxins are genotoxic carcinogens. Levels of this natural occurring contaminant are controlled in imported food and feed. 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 sets out a control regime for food and feed from certain third countries. Some of these relate to the risk of contamination by mycotoxins, including aflatoxins.

Documents Required

The law requires that all controlled imports in Annex II of CIR 2019/1793 are accompanied by:

  • Common Health Entry Document (CHED-D)
  • Official Certificate (in accordance with the model certificate laid down in Annex IV to CIR 2019/1793)
  • Results of sampling and analysis (the sampling must be performed in accordance with Regulation 152/2009 in the case of feed and Regulation 401/2006 in the case of food.)

Consignments not accompanied by the specified documents must be returned to the country of origin or destroyed. 

Sampling and Analysis

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.

Common Issues

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.