We have been informed that there has been a recent update to the list of foodstuffs with current EU restrictions.
Some foods of non-animal origin are considered high risk food of non-animal origin (HRFNAO) because they pose health risks associated with the country of origin. FSA HRFNAO Guidance explains the risks and products classed as HRFNAO..
Consignments of controlled products can only be imported through designated Border Control Points (BCPs). On presentation, documentary checks must be carried out in addition to sampling and analysis or examination. This increase in official controls take place prior to a consignment being cleared for import.
The EU regularly updates its Regulation No 2019/1793, usually around every six months, which lists those HRFNAO products to which specific import controls apply for entry into the EU (and NI). The EU’s most recent update was published an came into effect on 6 January 2022 – Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2246.
This means any products listed in Annex I or Annex II thereof (including any food consisting of two or more ingredients) will have to meet relevant import requirements to enter NI.