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Food: Meat Imports

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What were the results from the United Kingdom border inspection posts in respect of imported poultry meat for each of the years 2003 to 2006 respectively; and from which countries substandard meat was identified; and [HL4576]

How many of the United Kingdom border inspection post checks resulted in poultry meat or poultry-meat products being barred from entry. [HL4577]

The information requested is not held centrally for 2006. The figures for 2003 to 2005 are given below.

Imports of poultry meat and poultry meat products 2003

Country of Origin

Sum of No. of Consignments

Sum of No. Rejected

Argentina

92

1

Australia

6

1

Brazil

2,489

19

Bulgaria

1

0

Canada

6

2

Cayman

1

1

Chile

244

1

China

2

2

Cyprus

1

1

Eygpt

1

0

Ghana

1

1

Hong Kong

1

0

Hungary

3

0

India

1

1

Indonesia

1

1

Israel

68

1

Jamaica

3

3

Japan

2

2

Jordan

1

1

Latvia

1

1

Malaysia

6

4

Mexico

2

2

Morocco

1

1

Nigeria

3

3

Pakistan

2

2

Poland

3

1

Saudi Arabia

2

2

Singapore

5

5

South Africa

5

5

Switzerland

1

0

Thailand

3,545

31

United Arab Emirates

2

2

USA

86

24

Vietnam

1

1

Venezuela

1

1

Grand Total

6,590

123

Imports of poultry meat and poultry meat products 2004

Country of Origin

Sum of No. of Consignments

Sum of No. Rejected

Argentina

55

0

Australia

6

0

Brazil

2,665

30

Canada

3

1

Chile

225

3

China

2

2

Hong Kong

4

0

Hungary

2

0

Israel

46

2

Japan

10

1

Malaysia

1

0

Nigeria

1

1

Poland

3

0

Saudi Arabia

2

2

Singapore

24

18

South Africa

1

0

Thailand

4,146

35

Turkey

2

2

USA

18

1

Grand Total

7,216

98

Imports of poultry meat and poultry meat products 2005

Country of Origin

Sum of No. of Consignments

Sum of No. Rejected

Argentina

79

2

Brazil

3,263

26

Canada

14

0

Chile

354

0

Egypt

2

2

Hong Kong

5

0

India

1

1

Indonesia

76

0

Israel

38

1

Japan

1

1

Malaysia

3

3

Russia

1

1

Saudi Arabia

1

0

Singapore

11

6

Thailand

5,530

29

United Arab Emirates

2

2

USA

23

2

Grand Total

9,404

76

The reasons for rejecting a consignment include:

i. where the country from which poultry meat originates is not approved to export poultry meat to the EU;

ii. where the information contained in the health certificate does not match the consignment;

iii. where a health certificate does not give all the information required;

iv. where the information contained in the health certificate does not match that required by the conditions of import;

v. where there is a reason to believe that the required conditions of labelling, marking, storage or transport of the consignment does not meet the requirements of the conditions of import; or

vi. where a consignment, although complying with all the requirements for certification, is not of acceptable quality because of deterioration; for example, rancidity or sweating.