Guidelines on animal-food safety are issued
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CTA. 2003. Guidelines on animal-food safety are issued. Agritrade, August 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The EU's import requirements for animals and animal products from third...
The EU's import requirements for animals and animal products from third countries were explained in guidelines issued on June 23rd 2003 by the European Commission. The aim of the guidelines is to facilitate trade (particularly with developing countries) by providing a simple guide to often complex regulations. They explain: the general principles behind the existing system for approval of third countries' exports of live animals and animal-products to the EU; the administrative procedures that are followed when a request for approval is received from the national authorities of a third country; information on the EU's animal-health, animal-welfare and food-safety requirements, including animal welfare at slaughter; details of contact points and other sources of information. The Commission maintains that the document should 'be of considerable assistance to third countries, especially developing countries, that wish to establish the regulatory requirements applying to imports to the EU. Comment: It should be noted that third countries exporting to the EU will be expected to have in place similar food-safety control plans as those required of EU member states. The Commission recognises that this may impose a heavy burden on developing countries in terms of verifying compliance. Against this background the Commission is proposing to extend assistance to developing countries in meeting EU standards and verifying compliance, particularly with regard to training and advice.