December 5, 2019


UK announces new EU animal health and safety rules


The new 'Smarter rules for safer food' package introduced by Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), aims to modernise livestock disease protection and improve food safety.


The new DEFRA package is set to be enforced from December 13, 2019 at 11pm.


Current UK health and safety standards will be modernised, simplified and enhanced, with a risk-based approach to the protection of animal, plants and human health. These include new disease and pest control measures.


Businesses will be able to continue export and import of the above products as long as they comply with the following amended regulations: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625: how controls across the agri-food chain will be monitored and enforced - applies from 14 December 2019; Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031: controls for protecting plants from disease and pests - applies from 14 December 2019; Animal Health Regulation (EU) 2016/429: a framework for the principles of European animal health - applies from 21 April 2021.


For imports of animal and animal byproducts, companies will need to register and use a new TRACES NT system to log imports.


The new regulations will apply to the UK whilst it is a member of the EU and during any transition period. If the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, the regulations will be retained by the Withdrawal Act and will continue to apply subject to any amendments Parliament may agree.


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