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EU safety controls adjusted for imported plant origin products

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Certificates of exported plan origin products are checked systematically at EU borders, while physical checks are performed at a lower frequency. But, the frequency of these physical checks is increasing in order to determine the possible presence of substances that may pose a risk to human and animal health, such as aflatoxins in nuts and pesticides in fruit and vegetables.

Following recent safety controls checks, the EU will reduce the intensity of controls for Dominican Republic mangoes, some Chinese trace elements and Brazilian groundnuts.

On the other hand, control frequency ofIndian groundnuts, currently listed for the possible presence of aflatoxins, will increase from 10% to 20%.

The amendments will enter into force in January 2011.

More information: EU Food Safety website

Source: EU Export Helpdesk “News in Brief” (December 2010)