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Food and Feed Safety (17-09-2015)

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

As a consequence of the satisfactory results reported by Member States, dried grapes (vine fruit) from Uzbekistan, betel leaves from Thailand and mint from Morocco will be de-listed from Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 669/2009. This means that these products will be removed from 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 and will no longer be subject to the reinforced scheme (the checks performed by competent authorities will again be 'routine' ones).

Concerning new listings, the following commodities will be added to the list of feed and food which are subject to reinforced border checks: groundnuts and derived products (food and feed) originating from the Gambia at a control frequency of physical and identity checks of 50% due to their possible contamination with aflatoxins; frozen raspberries (food) originating from Serbia at a control frequency of 10% due to their possible contamination with norovirus.

At the meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed on 9 September 2015, Member States endorsed the Commission's proposal to amend Annex I to the Regulation by reflecting the abovementioned changes.

The amendments are expected to enter into force as of 1 October 2015.