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Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 885/2014 of 13 August 2014 laying down specific conditions applicable to the import of okra and curry leaves from India and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) No 91/2013 Text with EEA relevance

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14.8.2014   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 242/20


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 885/2014

of 13 August 2014

laying down specific conditions applicable to the import of okra and curry leaves from India and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) No 91/2013

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (1), and in particular Article 53(1)(b)(ii) thereof,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules (2), and in particular Article 15(5) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 provides for the possibility to adopt appropriate Union emergency measures for feed and food imported from a third country in order to protect human health, animal health and the environment, where the risk cannot be contained satisfactorily by means of measures taken by the Member States individually.

(2)

Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 (3) establishes an increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin.

(3)

Amongst other, an increased frequency of official controls on import has been established for more than two years on curry leaves and for nearly two years on okras from India as regards pesticide residues.

(4)

The results from the increased frequency of controls show a continuous high frequency of non-compliance with maximum residue levels of pesticide residues established in Union legislation and several times very high levels were observed. These results provide evidence that the import of these foods constitutes a risk for human health. No improvement of the situation could be observed after this period of increased frequency of controls at Union borders. Furthermore, no concrete and satisfactory action plan to remediate the shortcomings and deficiencies in the production and control systems was received from the Indian authorities, despite the explicit request from the European Commission.

(5)

To protect human health in the Union, it was necessary to provide for additional guarantees in relation to those food from India. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 91/2013 (4) therefore provided that all consignments of curry leaves and okra from India should therefore be accompanied by a certificate stating that the products have been sampled and analysed for the presence of pesticide residues and have been found compliant with Union legislation.

(6)

To ensure an efficient organisation and a degree of uniformity at the Union level of the controls at import on the presence of aflatoxins in certain feed and food from certain third countries, it is appropriate to have all feed and food from third countries subject to specific conditions because of the presence of aflatoxins into one Regulation. Therefore the provisions as regards groundnuts from India and Ghana and watermelon seeds from Nigeria should be integrated into one Regulation with the provisions foreseen in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1152/2009 (5).

(7)

In order to ensure an efficient organisation and a degree of uniformity at the Union level of the controls at import, it is appropriate to provide in this Regulation for control procedures for the physical control on pesticide residues on curry leaves and okra from India which are equivalent to the existing measures as provided for in Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009.

(8)

The sampling and the analysis of consignments should be performed in accordance with the relevant Union legislation. The maximum residue levels for pesticide residues are established by Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council (6). The provisions on sampling for the official control of pesticide residues are established by Commission Directive 2002/63/EC (7).

(9)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Scope

1.   This Regulation shall apply to consignments of the following food falling within the CN codes and TARIC classifications set out in Annex I:

(a)

Okra (food, fresh and frozen) originating in or consigned from India;

(b)

Curry leaves (food, herbs) originating in or consigned from India.

2.   This Regulation shall also apply to compound food, containing any of the food referred to in paragraph 1 in a quantity above 20 %.

3.   This Regulation shall not apply to consignments of food referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 which are destined to a private person for personal consumption and use only. In case of doubt, the burden of proof lies with the recipient of the consignment.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, the definitions laid down in Articles 2 and 3 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 shall apply.

For the purpose of this Regulation, a consignment corresponds to a lot as referred to in Directive 2002/63/EC.

Article 3

Import into the Union

Consignments of food referred to in Article 1(1) and (2) may only be imported into the Union in accordance with the procedures laid down in this Regulation.

Consignments of such food can only enter the Union through the Designated Point of Entry (DPE).

Article 4

Results of sampling and analysis

1.   Consignments of the food referred to in Article 1(1) and (2) shall be accompanied by the results of sampling and analysis performed by the competent authorities of the country of origin, or of the country where the consignment is consigned from if that country is different from the country of origin, to ascertain compliance with Union legislation on maximum residue levels of pesticides, for the food referred to in Article 1(1)(a) and (b) including compound food containing such food in a quantity above 20 %.

2.   The sampling referred to in paragraph 1 must be performed in accordance with Directive 2002/63/EC for pesticide residues.

Article 5

Health certificate

1.   The consignments shall also be accompanied by a health certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex II.

2.   The health certificate shall be completed, signed and verified by an authorised representative of the competent authority of the country of origin or the competent authority of the country where the consignment is consigned from if that country is different from the country of origin.

3.   The health certificate shall be drawn up in the official language, or in one of the official languages, of the Member State where the DPE is located. However, a Member State may consent to health certificates being drawn up in another official language of the Union.

4.   The health certificate shall only be valid during four months from the date of issue.

Article 6

Identification

Each consignment of the food referred to in Article 1(1) and (2) shall be identified with an identification code which corresponds to the identification code mentioned on the results of the sampling and analysis referred to in Article 4 and the health certificate referred to in Article 5. Each individual bag, or other packaging form, of the consignment shall be identified with that identification code.

Article 7

Prior notification of consignments

1.   Food business operators or their representatives shall give prior notification of the estimated date and time of physical arrival of consignments of the food referred to in Article 1(1) and (2) to the competent authorities at the DPE and of the nature of the consignment.

2.   For the purpose of prior notification, they shall complete Part I of the common entry document (CED) and transmit that document to the competent authority at the DPE, at least one working day prior to the physical arrival of the consignment.

3.   For the completion of the CED in application of this Regulation, food business operators shall take into account for the food referred to in Article 1(1)(a) and (b) of this Regulation including compound food containing such food in a quantity above 20 %, the notes for guidance for the CED laid down in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 669/2009.

Article 8

Official controls

1.   The competent authority at the DPE shall carry out documentary checks on each consignment of the food referred to in Article 1(1) and (2) to ascertain compliance with the requirements laid down in Articles 4 and 5.

2.   The identity and physical checks on the food referred to in Article 1(1)(a) and (b) and the related compound food referred to in Article 1(2) of this Regulation shall be carried out in accordance with Articles 8, 9 and 19 of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 at the frequency set out in Annex I to this Regulation.

3.   After completion of the checks, the competent authorities shall

(a)

complete the relevant entries of Part II of the CED;

(b)

join the results of sampling and analysis carried out in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article;

(c)

provide and fill the CED reference number on the CED;

(d)

stamp and sign the original of the CED;

(e)

make and retain a copy of the signed and stamped CED.

4.   The original of the CED and of the health certificate with the accompanying results of sampling and analysis referred to in Article 4 shall accompany the consignment during its transport until it is released for free circulation. For food referred to in Article 1(1) and (2), in case of authorisation of onward transportation of the consignments pending the results of the physical checks, a certified copy of the original CED shall be issued for that purpose.

Article 9

Splitting of a consignment

1.   Consignments shall not be split until all official controls have been completed, and the CED has been fully completed by the competent authorities as provided for in Article 8.

2.   In the case of subsequent splitting of the consignment, an authenticated copy of the CED shall accompany each part of the consignment during its transport until it is released for free circulation.

Article 10

Release for free circulation

The release for free circulation of consignments shall be subject to the presentation (physically or electronically) by the food business operators or their representative to the custom authorities of a CED duly completed by the competent authority once all official controls have been carried out. The custom authorities shall only release the consignment for free circulation if a favourable decision by the competent authority is indicated in box II.14 and signed in box II.21 of the CED.

Article 11

Non-compliance

If the official controls establish non-compliance with the relevant Union legislation, the competent authority shall complete Part III of the CED and action shall be taken pursuant to Articles 19, 20 and 21 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004.

Article 12

Reports

Member States shall submit to the Commission every three months a report of all analytical results of official controls on consignments of food pursuant to this Regulation. That report shall be submitted during the month following each quarter.

The report shall include the following information:

the number of consignments imported,

the number of consignments subjected to sampling for analysis,

the results of the checks as provided for in Article 8(2).

Article 13

Costs

All costs resulting from the official controls including sampling, analysis, storage and any measures taken following non-compliance, shall be borne by the food business operators.

Article 14

Repeal

Implementing Regulation (EU) No 91/2013 is hereby repealed.

Article 15

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 13 August 2014.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)  OJ L 31, 1.2.2002, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 165, 30.4.2004, p. 1.

(3)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 of 24 July 2009 implementing Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin and amending Decision 2006/504/EC (OJ L 194, 25.7.2009, p. 11).

(4)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 91/2013 of 31 January 2013 laying down specific conditions applicable to the import of groundnuts from Ghana and India, okra and curry leaves from India and watermelon seeds from Nigeria and amending Regulations (EC) No 669/2009 and (EC) No 1152/2009 (OJ L 33, 2.2.2013, p. 2).

(5)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 1152/2009 of 27 November 2009 imposing special conditions governing the import of certain foodstuffs from certain third countries due to contamination risk by aflatoxins and repealing Decision 2006/504/EC (OJ L 313, 28.11.2009, p. 40).

(6)  Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 February 2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin and amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC (OJ L 70, 16.3.2005, p. 1).

(7)  Commission Directive 2002/63/EC of 11 July 2002 establishing Community methods of sampling for the official control of pesticide residues in and on products of plant and animal origin and repealing Directive 79/700/EEC (OJ L 187, 16.7.2002, p. 30).


ANNEX I

Food of non-animal origin subject to the measures provided for in this Regulation:

Feed and food

(intended use)

CN code (1)

TARIC sub-division

Country of origin

Hazard

Frequency of physical and identity checks (%) at import

Okra

(Food — fresh and frozen)

ex 0709 99 90

20

India (IN)

Pesticide residues analysed with multi-residue methods based on GC-MS and LC-MS or with single-residue methods (2)

20

Curry leaves (Bergera/Murraya koenigii)

(Food — herbs — fresh dried and frozen)

ex 1211 90 86

10

India (IN)

Pesticide residues analysed with multi-residue methods based on GC-MS and LC-MS or with single residue methods (3)

20


(1)  Where only certain products under any CN code are required to be examined and no specific subdivision under that code exists in the goods nomenclature, the CN code is marked ‘ex’.

(2)  Certification by the country of origin and control at import by the Member States to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 February 2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin and amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC (OJ L 70, 16.3.2005, p. 1), in particular residues of: Acephate, Methamidophos, Triazophos, Endosulfan, Monocrotophos, Methomyl, Thiodicarb, Diafenthiuron, Thiamethoxam, Fipronil, Oxamyl, Acetamiprid, Indoxacarb, Mandipropamid.

(3)  Certification by the country of origin and control at import by the Member States to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 in particular residues of: Triazophos, Oxydemeton-methyl, Chlorpyriphos, Acetamiprid, Thiamethoxam, Clothianidin, Methamidophos, Acephate, Propargite, Monocrotophos.


ANNEX II

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