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Export of Game Meat and Other Animal Products to the European Union for Non-Commercial Use

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TAHD-DSAT-2006-3-2
August 25, 2010

Based on Commission Regulation (EC) No. 206/2009 of 5 March 2009 on the introduction into the European Union (EU) of personal consignments of products of animal origin, and amending Regulation (EC) No. 136/2004.

The EU has implemented several rules to avoid introducing animal diseases, some of which may be introduced through meat products or meat- and milk-based products imported to the EU. The Regulation (EC) No. 206/2009 sets out new conditions and restrictions for animal products (including game meat) carried by travellers, or entering the EU by mail.

This directive covers only personal consignments of products of animal origin of a non-commercial character:

Products prohibited from entering the EU (this is not a complete list):

Import to the EU of personal packages for non-commercial use containing the following products is prohibited:

Products not placed under veterinary controls (this is not a complete list):

The following foods intended for human consumption and non-commercial use are not placed under veterinary controls:

Products not placed under veterinary controls if the maximum weight is respected:

  1. Eviscerated fresh or prepared fishery products, or processed fishery products, the weight of which does not exceed twenty (20) kilograms or the weight of one fish, whichever weight is the highest, are not placed under veterinary controls.
  2. Powdered infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons, and special pet feed required for medical reasons, are not placed under veterinary controls if they do not exceed two (2) kilograms and if they meet the following conditions:
    • the products do not require refrigeration before opening;
    • the products are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer; and
    • the packaging is unbroken unless in current use.
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