Veterinary Residues

Most ingredients of animal origin used in foods for human consumption must come from a country that has a GB approved residue control plan. Exceptions are wild origin fishery products and highly-refined products such as glucosamine and chondroitin

For products of animal origin for human consumption excluding composite products, the country where the food is manufactured must also have a GB approved residue control plan for each of the animal origin ingredients in the product

If the food is a composite product, the country of origin of the individual animal products must have a relevant approved residue control plan but the country of manufacture of the composite product does not.

Residue plan requirements are in addition to the other general import requirements for food and the specific import requirements for products of animal origin (POAO) and composite products

which ingredients need to be checked?

1. Meat, meat preparations and meat products (including meat powders and extracts) of the following origin:

    • Bovine
    • Ovine/caprine
    • Porcine
    • Equine
    • Poultry
    • Rabbit
    • Wild Game
    • Farmed Game

2. Aquaculture fishery products (excluding bivalve molluscs)

3. Milk and dairy products

4. Eggs and egg products

5. Honey

If your food contains any of the controlled products as an ingredient, you will need to find out the country of origin of the raw material.


Countries with an approved residue control plan are listed by DEFRA here

Understanding the list and checking the small print

Third countries with a residue plan are listed on the left hand side.

Animal product types are listed across the top.

An X in the box means that the country has an approved residue control plan for that product (otherwise the product cannot be imported into GB).

Where there is a number next to the X, check the meaning of the restriction at the end of the table