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If your business exports composite food products to the EU or Northern Ireland you may need to apply for an export health certificate

21 April 2021 Update on Export Health Certificates: Composite Food Products for Human Consumption
 
If your business exports composite food products to the EU or Northern Ireland you may need to apply for an export health certificate.   On 21 April 2021 some new EHCs were added to the list and some existing EU EHCs were replaced. You can check the government guidance (external link) to see if your product requires an EHC.  

 If your existing product requires a certificate you can continue using it until August 2021. Alternatively if your product has been added to the new list, you can apply for a certificate online (external link).

Information for businesses on how to export food and drink products can be found on the Food Standards Agency website (external link).
 

21 April 2021 – Export Health Certificates: Composite (plant and animal origin ingredients) Food Products for Human Consumption
 
If your business exports composite food products containing a combination of plant and animal origin ingredients to the EU or Northern Ireland you will need to apply for an export health certificate (EHC).   On 21 April 2021 some new EHCs were added to the list and some existing EU EHCs were replaced. You can check the government guidance (external link) to see if your product is affected. 
 
Full guidance is available from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (external link).

There are transition arrangements in place until August 2021 for some existing products that require EHCs enabling you to continue using existing certificates until August 2021. Alternatively, if your product has been added to the new list, you can apply for a certificate online (external link).

Please note: the FSA is not responsible for issuing any type of export certification. Local authorities can provide export certification for certain products not covered by official EHCs issued by APHA and DAERA. This can relate to products that are:

  • not of animal origin
  • processed meat products
  • manufactured food and drinks

The type of certification that needs to be provided is specific to the product being exported and the requirements of the destination country.

See further guidance on exporting or moving food and drinks – GOV.UK (external link)

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