Increase in mandatory testing for aquaculture products imported from India

This is a message from Anna Boulova at FRUCOM:

“At yesterday’s meeting [14/9/2016] the EU Member States endorsed the draft Commission proposal adapting the measures of Decision 2010/381/EU in respect of all aquaculture products intended for human consumption imported from India.

The obligation for strengthening the mandatory testing at EU borders for the presence of pharmacologically active substances (as defined in Article 2(a) of Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council), and in particular of chloramphenicol, tetracycline, oxytetracycline and chlortetracycline and of metabolites of nitrofurans. Official samples are to be taken from 100% of consignments intended for export from India and from at least 50% of consignments presented for import at EU Member States border inspection posts (instead of 10%). In the absence of official sampling in India, a 100% control frequency continues to apply at EU Member States border inspection posts.

The Commission proposal clarifies that in case a consignment consists of aquaculture products from more than one establishment of origin, samples shall be taken for each individual establishment. It also simplifies reporting requirements for EU Member States control authorities.  All expenditure incurred in the application of this Decision remain to be charged to the consignor, the consignee or the agent of either the consignor or the consignee.

The Commission committed to review these measures on the basis of EU Member States controls results, further audits’ conclusions and on the basis of the possible reactions from the competent authorities of India.

The Commission also proposed to delist one Indian establishment due to the presence of non authorised substances.”