Please note that DEFRA are now offering a facility for Importers to be notified of any updates to legislation. This can be utilised to enable you to receive information relating to specific commodities.
If you would like to receive updates direct from DEFRA please complete the DEFRA Updates Form and send to the relevant address on the form.
New dates have been added in respect of the training for Imported Food and International Health.
Please visit the Training page for more information.
Changes to Water Sample Charges
With Immediate effect, the cost of Water Samples have been amended.
The revised charges are £27.05 (plus vat) for Potable Water and £48.48 (plus vat) for Legionella.
The cost of the officer time remains the same.
Increase in Ship Sanitation Certificate Charges
With effect from 1st February 2017, the charges for Ship Sanitation Certificates will be increased. Please see below:
GRT of Vessel
Up to 1,000
1,001 – 3,000
3,001 – 10,000
10,001 – 20,000
20,001 – 30,000
With the exception of:
Vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons £600
If you have any queries, please contact a member of the team.
Further to a meeting held yesterday (29th March 2017) the Commission and Member States considered the information available relating to the issue of food fraud in Brazil and they agreed that the hygiene conditions of consignments of beef and poultry meat exported from Brazil require particular attention
Import of meat and honey from Brazil
Following reports of fraud in the meat sector in Brazil, the European Commission has been in close contact with the Brazilian Competent Authority and they understand that of the 21 establishments that were implicated in the fraud, five are authorised for export to the EU. This includes four meat establishment and one honey establishment
For further information, please read the attached OVS Note.
There have recently been some queries regarding the clarification of flavoured tea controlled by Regulation 669/2009 as amended.
In order to assess if a product still classifies as 0902, these must be analysed case by case, based on the General Rules for the Interpretation of the Harmonized System (GIR) applicable to mixtures: