Food authority to perform stricter checks on external border

The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) will start intensified border controls of food and fodder cargoes at the EU external border from Saturday, February 24, the service said.

The reinforced controls will be launched to rule out concerns about risks to human and animal health and to verify that the consignments comply with EU legislation, including by preventing consumers from being misled about the nature, identity, characteristics, composition, quantity, validity, country of origin or provenance, method of manufacture or production of the goods.

The reinforced controls mean that at least 10% of goods from certain groups of commodities, such as peas, cereal products, oilseeds, animal feed, coming from Russia and Belarus, and at least 5% of goods coming from other third countries will be subject not only to documentary, identity and physical checks but also to sampling for laboratory tests.

The PVD reminded that as of February 15, amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers' regulations have entered into force, which stipulate that border controls on consignments of non-animal food products and industrial goods (except food) imported from third countries are subject to higher fees than before. There are also additional charges for enhanced controls on products, both those carried out under EU legislation and those carried out under national legislation.

According to PVD data, in 2023, 2 513 271 tonnes of various food products imported from Russia and Belarus were presented to the PVD for border checks, including feed, cereals, vegetables, seeds, beverages, sugar confectionery, coffee, tea and others.

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