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European Union (EU) – Export requirements for meat and poultry products

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1. Eligible/ineligible product

Eligible

Ineligible

2. Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country

Establishments

3. Product specifications

3.1 Finished products standards

3.2 Maximum levels for chemical contaminants

3.3 Maximum levels for therapeutants and antibiotics

3.4 Microbiological requirements

3.5 Microbiological testing for export to Finland and Sweden

4. Production controls and inspection requirements

4.1 Definitions

4.2 Ante-mortem inspection

4.3 Post-mortem inspection

Pigs

Bovine over six (6) weeks old

Domestic solipeds

Farmed game – Wild boar

4.4 Regular check on general hygiene

4.5 Controls to implement to ensure that eligible meats and meat products are kept within the European Union circuit

4.6 Microbiological criteria

4.7 Specific conditions governing the production and inspection of farmed game meat

4.8 Specific conditions governing the production and inspection of wild game meat

4.9 Specific conditions governing the production of meat preparation and minced meat

4.10 Specific conditions governing the production of animal casings

4.11 Animal welfare controls

4.12 Traceability requirements

4.13 Eligibility of animals slaughtered for manufacturing products destined to the European Union market

Cattle

Calves

Pig

Bison

Game animals

Ratites

Turkey

Horse

4.14 Samples destined to the European Union

4.15 Imported meat

4.16 Special conditions prescribed under the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Canada

Steam pasteurization

Lactic acid

Recycled hot water

4.17 Requirements for vehicles used to transport animals

4.18 European Union import tariffs on high quality bovine meat

Hilton Quota

Tariff Free Quota

4.19 Annual review of European Union requirements

5. Labelling, marking and packaging requirements

5.1 Identification marking

5.2 Health marking and identification of meat

5.3 Labelling of veal and veal products

5.4 Labelling of beef and beef products

6. Documentation requirements

6.1 List of annexes

6.2 Certificate

Certification for edible meat products destined to the European Union (EU)
Product Destination Certification
Fresh meat, including minced meat, of domestic bovine animals, including bison.
Annex II, Part 2 (BOV) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements; amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 810/2010 of 15 September 2010 amending Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements
All EU countries (excluding France) Annex ATable Note 1
Fresh meat, including minced meat, of domestic bovine animals, including bison.
Annex II, Part 2 (BOV) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements; amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 810/2010 of 15 September 2010 amending Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements
France Annex A
Annex A (France)
High-quality fresh, chilled and frozen bovine meat
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 593/2013 of 21 June 2013 opening and providing for the administration of tariff quotas for high-quality fresh, chilled and frozen beef and for frozen buffalo meat
All EU countries Annex G
High-quality fresh, chilled and frozen beef
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 481/2012 of 7 June 2012 laying down rules for the management of a tariff quota for high-quality beef
All EU countries Annex G-1
Fresh meat of domestic swine
2005/306/: Commission Decision of 16 February 2005 approving on behalf of the European Community amendments to the Annexes to the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Canada on sanitary measures applicable to trade in live animals and animal products
All EU countries Annex A-1Table Note 1
Fresh meat, excluding minced meat, of domestic solipeds
Annex II, Part 2 (EQU) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements
All EU countries Annex A-2
Meat of poultry
Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 of 8 August 2008 laying down a list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through the Community and the veterinary certification requirements; and, Commission Regulation (EU) No 955/2010 of 22 October 2010 amending Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the use of vaccines against Newcastle disease; with amendments by, Commission Regulation (EU) No 364/2011 of 13 April 2011 amending Annex I to Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 and amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 1291/2008 as regards a control programme for Salmonella in certain poultry and eggs in Croatia in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 2160/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council and correcting Commission Regulations (EU) No 925/2010 and (EU) No 955/2010
All EU countries Annex CTable Note 1
Meat of ratites
Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 of 8 August 2008 laying down a list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through the Community and the veterinary certification requirements
All EU countries Annex C-1
Fresh meat, excluding offal and minced meat, of farmed game animals
Annex II, Part 2 (RUF) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements
All EU countries Annex DTable Note 2
Meat products and treated stomachs, bladder and intestines
Annex III of 2007/777/EC: Commission Decision of 29 November 2007 laying down the animal and public health conditions and model certificates for imports of certain meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines for human consumption from third countries and repealing Decision 2005/432/EC
All EU countries (excluding France) Annex FTable Note 3
Meat products and treated stomachs, bladder and intestines
Annex III of 2007/777/EC: Commission Decision of 29 November 2007 laying down the animal and public health conditions and model certificates for imports of certain meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines for human consumption from third countries and repealing Decision 2005/432/EC
France Annex FTable Note 3

Annex A (France), applicable for products containing bovine, ovine, caprine meat

Meat preparations
Annex II of 2008/592/EC: Commission Decision of 3 July 2008 amending Decision 2000/572/EC laying down the animal and public health and veterinary certification conditions for imports of meat preparations into the Community from third countries
All EU countries (excluding France) Annex F-1Table Note 4
Meat preparations
Annex II of 2008/592/EC: Commission Decision of 3 July 2008 amending Decision 2000/572/EC laying down the animal and public health and veterinary certification conditions for imports of meat preparations into the Community from third countries
France

Annex F-1Table Note 4

Annex A (France), applicable for products containing bovine, ovine, caprine meat.

Fresh meat, excluding offal and minced meat, of wild animals
Annex II, Part 2 (RUW) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements
All EU countries Annex KTable Note 5
Animal casings
2003/779/EC: Commission Decision of 31 October 2003 laying down animal health requirements and the veterinary certification for the import of animal casings from third countries
All EU countries (excluding France) Annex ITable Note 6
Animal casings
2003/779/EC: Commission Decision of 31 October 2003 laying down animal health requirements and the veterinary certification for the import of animal casings from third countries
France Annex I
Annex A (France), applicable for products derived from bovine, ovine, caprine.

Table Notes

Table note 1

Additional microbiological requirements apply to products destined to Finland and Sweden as per Commission Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005 of 14 October 2005 implementing Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards special guarantees concerning salmonella for consignments to Finland and Sweden of certain meat and eggs.

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Table Note 2

Fresh meat of farmed non-domestic animals other than Suidae.

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Table note 3

Meat product as defined in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin: processed products resulting from the processing of meat or from the further processing of such processed products, so that the cut surface shows that the product no longer has the characteristics of fresh meat.

Treated stomachs, bladders and intestines as defined in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin: stomachs, bladders and intestines that have been submitted to a treatment such as salting, heating or drying after they have been obtained and after cleaning.

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Table note 4

Meat preparations as defined in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin: fresh meat, including meat that has been reduced to fragments, which has had foodstuffs, seasonings or additives added to it or which has undergone processes insufficient to modify the internal muscle fibre structure of the meat and thus to eliminate the characteristics of fresh meat.

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Table Note 5

Fresh meat of wild animals, other than Suidae and solipeds.

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Table Note 6

Refer to Annex M: Establishment Profile and Compliance Verification Checklist for specific establishment approval requirements. Annex B: Additional certificate for exportation of treated intestines of bovine, ovine and caprine species to the EU, is applicable for products derived from bovine, ovine or caprine.

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Certification for edible products in transit/temporarily stored in the European Union (EU)
Product CertificationTable Note 7
Fresh meat derived from domestic bovine, swine, sheep, goat and solipeds and farmed and wild game animals
Annex III of Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements
Annex T
Animal casings
2003/779/EC: Commission Decision of 31 October 2003 laying down animal health requirements and the veterinary certification for the import of animal casings from third countries
Annex T-1
Meat, minced meat and mechanically separated meat of poultry
Annex XI of Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 of 8 August 2008 laying down a list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through the Community and the veterinary certification requirements with amendments by Commission Regulation (EC) No 411/2009 of 18 May 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 laying down a list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through the Community and the veterinary certification requirements
Annex T-2
Meat preparation
Annex III (Transit and/or storage) of 2008/592/EC: Commission Decision of 3 July 2008 amending Decision 2000/572/EC laying down the animal and public health and veterinary certification conditions for imports of meat preparations into the Community from third countries
Annex T-3
Meat products and treated stomachs, bladder and intestines
Annex IV (Transit and/or storage) of 2007/777/EC: Commission Decision of 29 November 2007 laying down the animal and public health conditions and model certificates for imports of certain meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines for human consumption from third countries and repealing Decision 2005/432/EC
Annex T-4

Table Notes

Table Note 7

At the request of the exporter. See applicable Annex for the product for animal health requirements.

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7. Other information

Member countries of the European Union (EU)

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