Imports of POAO - external website from the European Commission
The APHA Introductory Good Practice Guide lists all the procedures that you should have in place, and can be accessed via the publications page.
The FSA Imported Food Control Resource pack contains a lot of useful information about the arrangements that the FSA expects to be in place and can be found on the FSA website.
LACORS have done some work on authorisations for food and feed which they were commissioned to do by the FSA. This is available on the LACORS website but you will need to log in to view it.
The FSA focus is likely to include the following:
do you have the links in place to make sure that you are aware of the products that are coming in through the port,
are the officers from the authority authorised to act where required,
have you got arrangements in place to carry out official controls on consignments (on a risk basis); and
where a problem is identified and additional official controls are required/ have been required are there processes in place to be able to effectively so this.
If you have had any non-compliant consignments that have travelled inland, have you followed this up to ensure that the final outcome is known.
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2. Do vessels carrying crew but no passengers have to comply with food safety legislation?
Yes - the Food Safety (Ships and Aircraft) Order designated ships as food premises in line with EC requirements, therefore all food safety regulations apply to ships (and aircraft) as they do to land based premises. Where problems relating to food safety are identified by a ship inspection there is a legal basis to require improvements in food hygiene and safety. See the legislation below for further details.
3. Where can I get information on importing food?
The best place to start is by looking on the Food Standards Agency website or by contacting their Imported Food Helpline on 020 7276 8018. Information on importing is also available on the Business Link website. Alternatively, you can contact the port health office where you intend to import the food. Contact details for ports can be found here.
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