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Food and Feed Safety (08-06-2012)

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

Controls performed at European Union borders on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 continue to deliver results and, as a consequence, the EU is adjusting the intensity of controls for some products, while adding others to the list of imports of plant origin that are subject to an increased level of official controls at national level.As a result of the improved level of compliance with EU requirements for pesticide residues over the period 2010- 2011, the control frequency for listed vegetables from Dominican Republic is to be reduced from 50% to 20%. In light of the high level of non-compliance reported by Member States in 2011 in relation to Indian okra, the frequency of controls is to be increased from 10% to 50%.

Concerning new listings, due to the possible presence of aflatoxins, nutmeg and mace from Indonesia are to be added to the list of imports which are subject to reinforced border checks.

At the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) on 5 June 2012, Member States endorsed the Commission's proposal to amend the annex which reflects the abovementioned changes.

The amendments to Annex I apply to the newly listed imports and to the increase of control frequencies as of 1 July 2012. The reduction in the frequency of controls for vegetables from Dominican Republic should be effective at an earlier stage.

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