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Food and Feed Safety (06-07-2011)

EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks

Controls performed at European Union borders on the basis of a recently applied regulation continue to deliver results and, as a consequence, the EU is removing some products from, while adding others to, the list of imports of plant origin that are subject to an increased level of official controls at national level.

In particular, because of the satisfactory results reported by Member States last year and in the first half of 2011 according to Regulation (EC) No. 669/2009, basmati rice from Pakistan will be de-listed from the regulation's Annex I.

Furthermore, after careful evaluation of the latest scientific information available to the Commission's services, pomelos and tea leaves from China and peppers from Egypt will be listed both for the possible presence of pesticide residues . Also, hazelnuts from Azerbaijan for aflatoxins and feed additives and pre-mixtures from India for the possible presence of certain heavy metals will be added to the list.

The Commission presented a proposal to amend the annex the meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) on 6 July 2011, which endorsed the recommendations.

The amendments to Annex I apply to the newly listed imports and to the increase of control frequencies as of 1 October 2011, while the de-listing of Pakistan basmati rice should be effective at an earlier stage.

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