Poultry import laws get an overhaul
The EC has completed and adopted an overhaul of EU legislation on the
import of poultry and poultry products.
decision (2006/696/EC) consolidates into a single piece of legislation the
import conditions for poultry, hatching eggs, day-old chicks, meat of poultry,
ratites and wild game-birds, eggs and egg products and specified pathogen-free
eggs. These were previously laid down in some 13 different decisions.
The certification requirements for poultry and poultry products are amended
and updated, and a standardised veterinary certificate lay-out of the Trade
Control and Expert System (TRACES) is set out. The new decision also includes
the list of third countries (and regions within them) authorised to export these
products to the EU, as well as any special conditions that apply to consignments
from certain geographical regions.
The aim of this new decision is to harmonise and simplify the import
conditions for poultry and poultry products, reduce the administrative burden,
and make the EU rules in this area clearer and more transparent for the EU's
Third countries have 6 months from the day of publication of the decision
(25 October 2006) to adapt to the new conditions set out in the veterinary
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