by BFFF
Mar 27th, 2024
3 mins
BFFF

Members may have seen recent reports in the media regarding the possible ban of  imports of Polish chicken due to salmonella.  

The BFFF have checked with the FSA, and they have confirmed there has been no change in FSA position since their last communication in January and have provided the following statement: 

I-006-612 Polish poultry import controls. 

Brief to Trader 

Consumer safety is our highest priority, and the FSA takes all necessary steps to protect public health. 

The FSA has been working collaboratively with Other Government Departments, agencies and with help from industry, to assess available information and potential options for managing an ongoing incident concerning Salmonella contaminated poultry products and eggs imported from Poland. 

Engagement with the Polish authorities has meant that action has been taken to improve the safety and compliance of poultry meat and eggs imported from Poland. 

New UK import controls came into place in January for EU commodities requiring Polish Official Veterinarians to sign Export Health Certificates as well as providing higher level traceability data. From the end of April, full import controls will allow UK border authorities to undertake physical checks on products and if necessary, take targeted action against non-compliant EU products. 

We are not currently considering the introduction of any additional measure to control imports of eggs and poultry meat from Poland. However, given the seasonal nature of Salmonella, we will continue to actively monitor the situation and protect consumers. Should the number of incidents increase, or we receive any other data that shows consumers are at risk, we will take the necessary action. This includes controls on specific importers and additional testing by the exporting authorities. 

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