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Port Health Update - Organic imported food and feed controls

New requirements for specified organic products originating from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and China applicable from 01.01.2019.

The Committee on Organic Production (COP) the Commission and EU Member States assessed the situation with regards to irregularities on imported products from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russian Federation and China. This assessment has led to the conclusion that increased control and reporting measures are necessary for certain imported organic products.

Organic products subject to increased controls

From 01.01.2019 the following products will be subject to increased controls:

Products originating in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and the Russian Federation

a) Chapter 10 – Cereals

b) Chapter 11 – Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten

c) Chapter 12 – Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (including 12.06 - Sunflower seeds) with the exception of processed products ready for human consumption derived from them

d) Chapter 23 – Residues and waste from the food industries, prepared animal fodder (including 23.06 - Oilcake and other solid residues, whether or not ground or in the form of pellets, resulting from the extraction of vegetable fats or oils, other than those of heading 2304 or 2305)

Products originating in China

a) Chapter 10 – Cereals

b) Chapter 11 – Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten

c) Chapter 12 – Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (including 12.06 - Sunflower seeds)

d) Chapter 23 – Residues and waste from the food industries, prepared animal fodder (including 23.06 - Oilcake and other solid residues, whether or not ground or in the form of pellets, resulting from the extraction of vegetable fats or oils, other than those of heading 2304 or 2305)

As well as the following product:

e) Goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) and products processed from them

Consignments originating from one of these five countries which arrive at the EU border from another third country shall also be covered.

Increased controls

Port Health Authorities will take and send samples to a UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis for the presence of pesticide residues. Consignments will be held under Port Health detention pending results of analysis. The Organic Certificate of Inspection (CoI) will only be endorsed when sample results have been received.

Importers will be responsible for all costs associated with sampling and analysis of these consignments, and these charges will need to be paid before consignments can be released. Costs of analysis are to be confirmed with the laboratory.

If the sample analysis detects contamination of any substance not compliant with Regulation 889/2008; the Control Body will not allow any part of the consignment to be marketed as organic - pending the satisfactory outcome of a control body led investigation. The cost of controls regarding removal and/or redistribution of the consignment will be the responsibility of the importer.

Defra (organic imports) are the lead competent authority in the UK. The contact email is organic.imports@defra.gsi.gov.uk



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