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PR(06)21: Veterinary checks and contaminants in foodstuffs: reasoned opinions sent to Iceland

26.4.2006

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has formally requested Iceland to incorporate into its national legal order four Regulations concerning veterinary checks and harmonized model certificates[1], and two Regulations in the field of contaminants in foodstuffs[2]. The Authority’s requests take the form of six reasoned opinions that have been delivered today.

Iceland should have made the four Regulations in the veterinary field part of its legal order by 30 April 2005. The corresponding date for the two Regulations concerning contaminants in foodstuffs was 30 October 2004.

Two of the Regulations in the veterinary field introduce new common veterinary entry documents for animals from third countries and products of animal origin linked to intra-EEA trade. The other two Regulations concern amendments to the procedures for veterinary checks on products imported from third countries. For Iceland these Regulations are only to be applied for fish and fishery products.

The provisions contained in the two Regulations on contaminants in foodstuffs amend, in particular, the maximum levels established as regards patulin, a natural occurring chemical in human food known to be carcinogenic.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinions is to give Iceland a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the cases before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinions.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60, or

Mr. Ketil Rykhus
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel.(+32)(0)476 309832

 

[1](i) Commission Regulation (EC) No 599/2004 of 30 March 2004 concerning the adoption of a harmonised model certificate and inspection report linked to intra-Community trade in animals and products of animal origin, (ii) Commission Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 of 22 January 2004 laying down the procedures for veterinary checks at Community border inspections posts on products imported from third countries, (iii) Commission Regulation (EC) No 282/2004 of 18 February 2004 introducing a document for the declaration of, and veterinary checks on, animals from third countries entering the Community, and (iv) Commission Regulation (EC) No 585/2004 of 26 March 2004 amending Regulation (EC) No 282/2004 of 18 February 2004 introducing a document for the declaration of, and veterinary checks on, animals from third countries entering the Community.

[2](i) Commission Regulation (EC) No 1425/2003 of 11 August 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 466/2001 as regards patulinand (ii) Commission Regulation (EC) No 455/2004 of 11 March 2004 amending Regulation (EC) No 466/2001 as regards patulin.

26 April 2006




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