by BFFF
Dec 22nd, 2023
4 mins
BFFF

Further to our previous report regarding the salmonella risk in poultry products from Poland, it has been noted that there have been some comments from industry, which the FSA believe indicates a misunderstanding of the options being considered by FSA and FSS. The FSA have therefore offered some further explanation to add clarity:

1. There is a suggestion that border controls will be in place by the end of January 2024, indicating a belief that through the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) we will be able to apply controls from the end of January. This, however, is not the case. The phased introduction of checks for EU goods under BTOM means that, imported high risk food and feed will be subject to the requirement to pre notification on the Import of Products, Animals, Food & Feed System and consignments being accompanied by an Export Health Certificate, (EHC), from 31 January 2024, with physical checks of goods at ports only coming in from 1st May onwards.

2. There have been concerns expressed by industry that FSA and FSS are on the verge of bringing in safeguarding measures for these goods. In response to these concerns, we would ask industry to note that there are various options currently being considered for dealing with these issues, of which the main focus is:

i. engaging with the EU and the Polish Authorities on measures being put in place from their side,

ii. making UK consumers (consumer advice published December 2023), Local Authorities, (letter sent 6 December 2023), and industry aware of the issue and requesting they take immediate protective steps to reduce risks, and

iii. FSA seeking understanding from industry on what assurance mechanisms are already in place by UK industry to ensure the food they import is safe when placed on UK market.

We will offer industry further updates as the situation develops and we appreciate industry efforts to take steps to seek assurance from suppliers on this matter, to observe the strict requirements of food safety managements systems and to contact their LA or Primary Authority if they have concerns.

If you need any more information on the background of this issue or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact via preventionteam@food.gov.uk

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