Imports of food and feed possibly affected by Caesium-137 following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station (April 1986)

 

Legislation

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1158 comes into force on 9th August 2020.

The Regulation applies to each consignment of food, including minor food, and feed products listed in Annex II to the Regulation which originates from or is consigned from the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo
  • North Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

 

The food and feed products that are covered are mushrooms (except cultivated mushrooms) and wild cranberries, bilberries and other fruits and derived products of the genus Vaccinium (blueberry, lingonberry, huckleberry).

 

Import requirements

Consignments of these products require:

  • Prior notificationto the Port Health Authority of the Border Control Post (BCP) of first arrival.
  • Submission of a Common Health Entry Document(CHED-D) to the Port Health Authority of the BCP of first arrival.
  • Submission of an Official Certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex III to the Regulation. The certificate shall be issued by the competent authority of the third country or origin or of the third country where the consignment is consigned, if that country is different from the country of origin
  • An identification code. Each consignment shall be identified by means of an identification code which shall also be indicated on the official certificate and on the CHED-D.
  • Submission of the results of sampling and analysis performed on that consignment by the competent authority of the third country of origin or of the country where the consignment is consigned from, if that country is different from the country of origin. This test report should confirm the level of caesium-137 detected in the consignment.
  • Submission of copies of commercial documents – bill of lading, invoice and packing list.
  • The Port Health Authority to carry out documentary checks on 100% of CHED-Ds submitted.
  • The Port Health Authority to carry out identity and physical checks, including sampling and laboratory analysis (caesium-137) on 20% of consignments.
  • Payment of the Port Health Authority charges by the importer or their representative.

 

Official certificate transition period

For a transitional period until 31st December 2020, consignments accompanied by the certificates laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1635/2006 can be accepted, provided that these certificates are issued before 1st September 2020.