General health rules for trade or introduction into the European Union (EU) of fresh poultry meat for human consumption
- Council Directive 2002/99/EC forms the legal basis for all animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption
- Regulation (EC) No 178/2002,Regulation (EC) No 852/2004, Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 and Regulation (EC) 882/2004 form the legal base for the public health rules for trade and introduction into the EU
Under the terms of the Treaty establishing the European Community, there is a clear difference between the definitions for trade and imports.
In relation to poultry meat:
- Intra-Union trade or trade refers solely to the movement of animals or animal products between the EU countries
- Introduction, as it covers transit with or without storage in the EU, has generally replaced the word "import" for animal products. Imports refer solely to the movement of animals or animal products into the EU countries from non-EU countries.
For more information and guidance, please refer to International Affairs - Import Conditions.