effective powers to look for and deal with illegally imported animal
products. The new powers include the authority to search personal
Lord Whitty, the food & farming minister said:
'In its Action Plan against illegal imports published on 28 March,
the government set out quite clearly its commitment to reducing the
threat of exotic disease entering the country.
'The food and farming industries and consumers alike need to feel
secure and confident that there is protection against diseases
brought in by illegal practices.
'Consumers and the food/farming and catering industries can also play
their part too by following by carefully following the rules about
imported foodstuffs and plants. In this way we can make sure we
remain safe from exotic diseases.'
The other main changes introduced by these new Regulations include:
- a right of appeal to a magistrates court for traders against an
official veterinary surgeon's decision to reject a consignment;
- a requirement that all products covered by the Regulations meet
Community import conditions, thereby removing the need for a
separate national licensing system for those products.
1. The new regulations replace those parts of the Products of
Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations 1996 which dealt with
imports from non-EU countries. They implement the provisions of
Council Directive 97/78/EEC, which deals with veterinary checks on
imported products. These provisions have been the subject of wide
consultation with interested parties.
2. A public consultation on the regulations was issued on 7 June
3. The Action Plan against illegal imports can be found here .
4. Copies of the new regulations may be obtained from the
Stationery Office, Telephone 0870 600 5522; e-mail
email@example.com; Internet http://www.clicktso.com