The imported products are subject to official controls including frequent quality checks at the entry level. The European Commission has updated the list of imported products.
The list is updated after every six months. The reason behind these types of controls on certain products is that they might contain salmonella and pesticide residues. Black pepper from Brazil and crushed or ground Capsicum from China are among the items added to the legislation.
The occurrence of such incidents was reported through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). The information on official controls by member states on feed and food of non-animal origin on consignments of such products was submitted by EU countries to the Commission. According to the European Commission, the list of imported products should be amended.
Some information indicates the emergence of new risks to human health due to possible pesticide residue contamination, requiring an increased level of official control. This includes consignments of aubergines from the Dominican Republic, beans from Kenya (5 percent checking), and non-sweet peppers from Uganda (20 percent checking).
Data indicates new risks to health due to possible Salmonella contamination requiring the introduction of more stringent controls for black pepper from Brazil (20 percent checking), sweet peppers from China, and sesame seeds from Ethiopia (50 percent checking).
Pineapples from Benin have been removed from the latest list due to a satisfactory degree of compliance with the relevant safety requirements.
All peppers from Egypt, non-sweet peppers from India and Pakistan, all peppers from Sri Lanka, and hazelnuts from Georgia have had the frequency of identity and physical checks increased. The existing entry on hazelnuts from Georgia has been changed to include flour, meal and powder of hazelnuts and hazelnuts, otherwise prepared or preserved.
Peppers from Egypt and non-sweet peppers from India and Pakistan will be subject to a checking frequency for pesticide residues of 20 percent, which was earlier 10 percent. Whereas the checking frequency for peppers from Sri Lanka has been increased from 20 percent to 50 percent because of the presence of aflatoxin.
For all consignments and sampling will be done in accordance with published frequencies and a common entry document (CED) will need to be submitted on the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).