To counter more effectively known or emerging risks in feed and food of non-animal origin the Commission adopted in July 2009 Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 regarding the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin. Its implementation started on 25 January 2010.
The Regulation requires Member States to step up controls on certain imports of feed and food of non-animal origin, which are listed in Annex I to the Regulation. The enhanced control mechanism means that competent authorities will carry out systematic (100%) checks on documents accompanying the consignments, as well as physical checks, including laboratory analysis, at a frequency related to the risk identified.
The list of feed and food that are subject to stepped-up import controls includes products which merit an increased level of attention and control at borders, on the basis of information from various sources including notifications received through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), reports from the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), from Member States and from third countries.
The list in question is being reviewed regularly, in order to ensure that it corresponds with the most recent information available. In that context, a key information source is the reporting requirement laid down in the Regulation, according to which Member States have to provide the Commission with detailed information on controls carried out and on unfavourable results from laboratory tests.
Member States were also required to designate so-called Designated Points of Entry (DPEs) which comply with the minimum requirements laid down in the Regulation (logistics, staff, access to appropriate laboratory capacity etc.), through which consignments of those products must enter the territory of the EU.
The Commission has published a Staff Working Document in order to assist national customs authorities with the enforcement of the Regulation. The release for free circulation of consignments of commodities listed in Annex I to the Regulation is subject to the presentation to the custom authorities of a common entry document duly completed by the competent authority, once all required controls have been carried out and their favourable results are known.