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Document 32021R0573

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/573 of 1 February 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 as regards import conditions for live snails, for composite products and for casings placed on the market for human consumption (Text with EEA relevance)

C/2021/428

OJ L 120, 8.4.2021, p. 6–8 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_del/2021/573/oj

8.4.2021   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 120/6


COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2021/573

of 1 February 2021

amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 as regards import conditions for live snails, for composite products and for casings placed on the market for human consumption

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

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

Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, (EC) No 396/2005, (EC) No 1069/2009, (EC) No 1107/2009, (EU) No 1151/2012, (EU) No 652/2014, (EU) 2016/429 and (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 1/2005 and (EC) No 1099/2009 and Council Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC and 2008/120/EC, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 89/608/EEC, 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 96/23/EC, 96/93/EC and 97/78/EC and Council Decision 92/438/EEC (Official Controls Regulation) (1), and in particular Article 126(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 (2) lays down the requirements for the entry into the Union consignments of, inter alia, prepared snails.

(2)

According to Article 1(2)(a)(i) and (iii) of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625, third countries exporting consignments of prepared snails to the Union are to be listed, and each consignment of prepared snails is to be accompanied by an official certificate. Similar requirements should also apply to live snails intended for human consumption.

(3)

To clearly identify the snails subject to requirements for entry into the Union, a definition of snails should be introduced in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625.

(4)

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 should not apply to samples of goods intended for human consumption, imported for the purpose of product analysis and quality testing without being placed on the market and therefore do not represent a risk to public health. Article 1(3) should be amended accordingly. Article 12 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 provides for import requirements for consignments of composite products referred to by Harmonised System codes (‘HS codes’) under certain headings of Part Two of Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 (3). It is appropriate to refer to Combined Nomenclature (CN) codes in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/625. In addition, codes of certain composite products are missing in Article 12 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625. It is therefore appropriate to add these CN codes.

(5)

Consignments of live snails and of composite products placed on the market for human consumption should be subject to individual certification for entry into the Union to reduce the risk of non-compliance with Union requirements on food safety. Certification of compliance with Union requirements also contributes to reminding food business operators and the competent authorities of third countries or regions thereof of the applicable Union requirements.

(6)

Article 7 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 provides for requirements on the manufacturing of raw materials for import of consignments of fresh meat, minced meat, meat preparations, meat products, mechanically separated meat and raw materials intended for the production of gelatine and collagen to avoid a possible public health risk. Bladders and intestines used for the production of casings, are subject to a treatment that eliminates any public health risk. It is therefore appropriate to allow that the raw materials for the production of casings come from slaughterhouses under the supervision of the national competent authorities and Article 7 should be amended accordingly.

(7)

Article 13 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 establishes that each consignment of certain listed products may enter the Union only if the consignment is accompanied by an official certificate. Composite products are not included in the list of products that are to be accompanied by an official certificate.

(8)

The risk related to certain categories of composite products depends on the type of ingredients and on their storage conditions. Consignments of such products placed on the market for human consumption should therefore be subject to the individual certification of each consignment for entry into the Union for placing on the market. Certification of compliance with Union requirements may also contribute to reminding food business operators and the competent authorities of third countries or regions thereof of the applicable Union requirements.

(9)

Certain shelf-stable composite products that do not contain any other meat products than gelatine or collagen or highly refined products do not represent a public or animal health risk because of the nature of the treatment required for the manufacture of such meat products. Such composite products should be accompanied by a private attestation instead of an official certificate.

(10)

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(11)

As Articles 12 and 14 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 applies from 21 April 2021, the amendments to Articles relevant for these Articles 12 and 14 should also apply from that date,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 is amended as follows:

(1)

in Article 1(2)(d), the following point (v) is added:

‘(v)

live snails.’;

(2)

in Article 1(3) a new point (c) is added:

‘(c)

goods intended for human consumption for the purpose of samples for product analysis and quality testing without being placed on the market.’;

(3)

in Article 2, the following point (14)(a) is inserted:

‘(14)(a)

“snails” means snails as defined in point 6.2 of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 and any other species of snails of the family of Helicidae, Hygromiidae or Sphincterochilidae, intended for human consumption;’;

(4)

in Article 3, the following point (c) is inserted:

‘(c)

live snails referred to by the CN code 0307 60 00 of Part Two of Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87.’;

(5)

Article 7(d) is replaced by the following:

‘(d)

mechanically separated meat and meat products excluding casings as defined in point 45 of Article 2 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 (*1);

(*1)  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 of 30 January 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rules for entry into the Union, and the movement and handling after entry of consignments of certain animals, germinal products and products of animal origin (OJ L 174, 3.6.2020, p. 379).’;"

(6)

Article 12(1) is replaced by the following:

‘1.   Consignments of composite products referred to by the CN codes under headings 1517, 1518, 1601 00, 1602, 1603 00, 1604, 1605, 1702, 1704, 1806, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1905, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2101, 2103, 2104, 2105 00, 2106, 2202, 2208 of Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 shall enter the Union for placing on the market only if each processed product of animal origin contained in the composite products was either produced in establishments that are located in third countries or regions thereof and authorised to export those processed products of animal origin to the Union in accordance with Article 5 or in establishments located in Member States.’;

(7)

Article 13(1) is amended as follows:

(a)

the following point (d) is inserted:

‘(d)

live snails referred to by the CN code 0307 60 00 of Part Two of Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87;’;

(b)

the following point (e) is inserted:

‘(e)

composite products referred to in Article 12(2)(a) and (b) with the exclusion of shelf stable composite products that do not contain any other meat product than gelatine, collagen or highly refined products referred to in Section XVI of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004.’;

(8)

Article 14(1) is replaced by the following:

‘1.   A private attestation confirming that the consignments comply with the applicable requirements referred to in Article 126(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, prepared and signed by the importing food business operator, shall accompany the consignments of the composite products as referred to in Article 12(2)(b) where the composite products do not contain any other meat products than gelatine, collagen or highly refined products referred to in Section XVI of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, and Article 12(2)(c).’.

Article 2

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

Article 1(5), (7)(b) and (8) shall apply from 21 April 2021.

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

Done at Brussels, 1 February 2021.

For the Commission

The President

Ursula VON DER LEYEN


(1)  OJ L 95, 7.4.2017, p. 1.

(2)  Commission delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 of 4 March 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to requirements for the entry into the Union of consignments of certain animals and goods intended for human consumption (OJ L 131, 17.5.2019, p. 18).

(3)  Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ L 256, 7.9.1987, p. 1).


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