From 1 September 2022, in accordance with EU regulations, samples will be taken as part of the monitoring of the health quality of animal products and products of animal origin from the UK.
Indeed, Article 49 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 provides for physical checks to be carried out at border control posts on products of animal origin imported into the Union, in order to verify that these products comply with the applicable requirements referred to in Article 1(2) of the same Regulation, in particular as regards “their safety, integrity and wholesomeness”.
Each year, the French Directorate General for Food (DGAL) implements monitoring plans and control plans (PS/PC) at Designated Border Control Posts (BCPs) on imported products of animal origin intended for human or animal consumption.
With regard to the “Brexit” flows, and in order to allow for an optimal deployment of the PSPC, it was decided to implement them in a progressive way from September this year.
The randomly selected samples will initially concern the following products, before being gradually extended to all animal products and products of animal origin in 2023:
- Fish and fish products (except canned) from aquaculture, intended for human consumption.
- Fresh meat of bovine and equine animals, their offal and products thereof, intended for human consumption.
- Poultry meat and products thereof, intended for human consumption.
The sampling frequencies will be mostly between 3% and 5% of the batches. The sampling operations carried out by the SIVEP inspectors will require a variable amount of time depending, in particular, on the product concerned.
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Source: ASD Group