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Pet food (including dog chews)

1. The following information pertains to pet food for uses outside the feed chain for farmed animals and not for human consumption.

2. The raw materials used in the production of processed pet food (including dog chews) must be sourced from material referred to in Article 35(a) (i) and (ii) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009, namely:

  • From Category 3 material, other than material referred to in Article 10(n), (o) and (p) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009
  • In the case of imported pet food or of pet food produced from imported materials, from Category 1 material referred to in Article 8(c), subject to conditions laid down pursuant to point (a) of the first paragraph of Article 40 in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009.

3. The raw materials used in the production of raw pet food must be sourced from material referred to in Article 35(a) (iii) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009, namely:

  • from material referred to in Article 10(a) and (b)(i) and (ii) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009

4. Pet food can be imported provided that it:

  1. Comes from an approved country/part of a country
  2. Comes from an approved establishment
  3. Is accompanied by and conforms with the requirements of an agreed animal/public health certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Raw pet food may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II Regulation (EU) No. 206/2010 or in the Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008, from which Member States authorise imports of fresh meat from the same species and where only bone-in meat is authorised.

 

2. Raw pet food containing fish material may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Annex II to Decision 2006/766/EC.

3. Pet food and dog chews (other than raw pet food) may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II Regulation (EU) No. 206/2010 and the following countries:

 

  • Ecuador
  • Japan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan

 

4. Pet food and dog chews, other than raw pet food, containing fish material may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II to Decision 2006/766/EC.

 

5. The products must have been prepared and stored in a plant, approved, validated and supervised by the competent authority in accordance with Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009.

 

  • Lists of approved establishments may be found here (Animal by-products: Section V)

6. The pet food and the dog chews must have been produced in accordance with Chapter II of Annex XIII in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

7. Products derived from bovine, ovine or caprine animals must meet the relevant requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001, which lays down the rules for the prevention, control and eradication of TSEs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1. Canned pet food shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a veterinary health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model certificate found in Chapter 3(A) of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

 

2. Processed pet food (other than canned pet food) shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a veterinary health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model certificate found in Chapter 3(B) of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

 

3. Dog chews shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a veterinary health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model certificate found in Chapter 3(C) of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

 

4. Raw pet food shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a veterinary health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model certificate found in Chapter 3(D) of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

 

5. The certifying veterinarian should ensure that only the relevant paragraphs and, where appropriate, additional guarantees and/or special conditions applicable to the exporting country are included.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Consignments of pet food entering the EU must be inspected at an EU-approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) where Member States' official veterinarians ensure they fulfil all the requirements provided for in the EU legislation.

2. The person responsible for the load being imported (the importer or a customs agent acting on their behalf) must give the BIP at the intended point of entry advance notification of the arrival of the consignment.

3. There is a required minimum pre-notification notice period of at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the consignment’s arrival.

4. Failure to submit correct documentation within this timeline may result in significant delays in the consignment being processed through the Border Inspection Post.

5. Pre-notification is given by the submission of Part 1 of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED-P), as is laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 136/2004, through the online TRACES system.

6. Copies of other supporting documentation associated with the consignment should be submitted at this time as well - such as the Health Certificate, Invoice, Packing list etc.

1. Providing all the documentation has been submitted correctly and within the correct timeframes, a large proportion of the documentary check can be commenced in advance of the consignment’s arrival. This includes examination of the veterinary certificate and other documents accompanying a consignment.

    • Please note the original hard copy of the health certificate must travel with the consignment and will be checked and held at the BIP at the point of entry into the EU.

    2. Provided all is in order with the documentary check, the consignment will then be subject to an identity check at the BIP to ensure it identifies with the consignment that was declared in the documentation.

    3. A proportion of consignments will be selected for a full physical inspection with/without sampling as appropriate.

    4. Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CVED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CVED.

    5. If the consignment does not meet the import requirements, the consignment may be rejected and either re-exported or destroyed.