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20% testing requirement for imports of poultry meat from Thailand lifted

by 5m Editor
19 November 2003, at 12:00am

EU - The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health agreed on a Commission proposal to lift the remaining 20% testing requirement of poultry meat from Thailand.

20% testing requirement for imports of poultry meat from Thailand lifted - EU - The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health agreed on a Commission proposal to lift the remaining 20% testing requirement of poultry meat from Thailand. Since March 2002, all consignments of shrimps and poultry from Thailand had to be tested for the presence of residues since nitrofurans had been detected in imported products from this country (see IP/02/436).

The requirement to test all consignments of shrimps was lifted on 24 June 2003 and the testing obligation for poultry meat was reduced from 100% to 20% of the consignments on 28 July 2003.

The results of checks carried out by Member States are now favourable and the competent authority of Thailand has provided all the appropriate guarantees, in particular the guarantee of a systematic pre-shipment check to control the presence of nitrofurans and other residues.

The proposal will enter into force after the formal adoption by the Commission, in the next few weeks.

Source: European Commission - 19th November 2003

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