Food business operators are required to pre-notify the Authority of the arrival of “high risk” consignments and will have to present these in order that the necessary official controls can be undertaken.
A high risk product is defined as feed or food that is either known to be, or is an emerging risk to animal or public health. This may be due to the presence of contaminants / undesirable substances or other feed and food safety hazards. Port Health Officers will carry out documentary, identity and physical checks on high risk products as appropriate.
Further information on High Risk Foods can be found at http://www.food.gov.uk/foodindustry/imports/
A Common Entry Document (CED) must be completed for each consignment. The CED document must be completed in English and the certificate can be transmitted electronically.
Part 1 of the CED found in annex II of the regulations should be completed by the food business operator and sent directly to the Authority at least one working day prior to physical arrival of the consignment.
CED’s can be submitted electronically to the Authority using PHILIS (Port Health Interactive Live Information System); the person(s)/business submitting the document will be required to register with PHILIS at no cost.
When a CED has been submitted using PHILIS the Authority will receive an automated notification informing us that a CED has been created for a consignment.
For more information on High Risk foods, or CED’s and PHILIS, please contact us.