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Food and Feed Safety (05-03-2013)

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

Controls performed at European Union borders on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 continue to deliver results and, as a consequence, the EU is adjusting the intensity of controls for some products included in the list of feed and food of non-animal origin that are subject to an increased level of official controls by national competent authorities at the border. In light of the improved level of compliance with the applicable EU requirements, the control frequency is to be reduced for coriander leaves and basil from Thailand (from 20% to 10%) for possible presence of pesticide residues.

At the meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 5 March 2013, Member States endorsed the Commission's proposal to amend the Annex to the Regulation by reflecting the abovementioned changes.

The amendments to Annex I shall apply as of 1 April 2013.

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