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UK: Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals some imports missed required checks

Published May 30, 2021

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Some products have gone through an English port without the necessary controls, according to the Food Standards Agency’s chief executive. Emily Miles said the items came through the European Union to Great Britain from non-EU countries without checks since the start of this year.

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“There have been a small number of imports that have come through Dover which is not a recognized border control post for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) products and so the correct checks have not taken place on those imports. As far as we are aware there has been no evidence of risk to animal or public health and we consider this to be a business compliance issue. We think it’s only about 55 importers who’ve been doing it and 20 of those do about 90 percent of the products,” she said during the FSA’s board meeting this past week. The goods are products of animal origin such as meat, eggs and milk and high risk food not of animal origin, which can be nuts or herbs from certain countries. They are supposed to come through other ports such as Felixstowe. Progress toward solution Miles said the FSA and local authorities are ensuring importers follow the correct procedures. This involves monitoring and tracing goods that have gone through this route and local authorities taking ...
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