New EU Food Safety rules for imports. Effective December 2019

The focus here is on prevention and records of compliance held, with competent authorities required to take into account operators past record. It can mean that competent authorities can delegate official control to even private qualifying bodies if they have in place necessary qualifications and effective auditing in place.

Official Regulation Controls in the EU

The European Union (EU) recently released the new Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625, which includes rules for official controls and other activities performed to ensure the application of:

• food and feed law

• rules on animal health and welfare

• plant health and plant protection products (Official Controls Regulation – OCR)

The Regulation will enter gradually into force starting December 14th 2019, and will strengthen a preventive approach to the issue.

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