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Last modified: August 10, 2017

Pre-Export Controls on Aflatoxins in U.S. Peanuts and Almonds

Following the publication of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1269 on July 14, 2017, the U.S. pre-export program for peanuts is no longer recognized by the EU.  There is no restriction on the export of U.S. peanuts; however, shipments are no longer benefitting from the reduced testing level for aflatoxin upon entry in the EU.

Background

EU legislation on official food and feed controls allows the EU to officially recognize a third country’s system of pre-export checks (PEC) on feed and food prior to export as long as it meets the EU requirements.

EU approval of a third country’s system of pre-export checks may only be granted on the condition that the controls carried out in the third country are considered to be sufficient so that the import controls upon arrival to the EU can be significantly reduced.

Following a report by the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), the EU approved the pre-export checks program for peanuts in December 2007.  The FVO also assessed the U.S. aflatoxin control system on almonds leading to the EU approval of the pre-export checks program for U.S. almonds in April 2015.  All EU accepted programs are combined in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/949, as amended.  Under the regulation, import authorities are directed to subject consignments covered by the regulation and accompanied by the appropriate U.S. Government Pre-Export Check (PEC) certificate to a less than 1% control level at the border. The PEC program is voluntary; a PEC certificate is not a requirement for import into the EU. Shipments without a PEC certificate do not benefit from the reduced inspection levels upon import in the EU.

 

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