Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2014

Commission Daily News, 20 June 2014

CONTAMINANTS - Latest Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumers

A report published today by the Commission confirms that the system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks. In addition to the 'routine' controls carried out on these imports, some commodities are subject to an increased level of controls due to the risk associated with them. Today's report presents the results of controls carried out by EU countries in 2013. Over 100 000 consignments subject to reinforced controls reached EU borders in 2013. Of those, 11 808 were sampled for laboratory analysis (+11% if compared to 2012) and 483 i.e. 4.1% were found to be non-compliant with EU legislation (as opposed to 7.1% in 2012) and therefore prevented from entering the EU market. Some products achieved satisfactory levels of compliance and were therefore removed from the list of imports targeted for controls. The report is published in the framework of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 on an increased level of official controls on certain imports of food and feed of non-animal origin, which contains the list (reviewed on a quarterly basis) of imports subject to increased border controls.

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