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Products of Animal Origin

Volume 711: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the quantity of personal imports of products of animal origin that will follow the introduction of the new paragraph (7) in regulation 4 of the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2006 by the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/875). [HL3885]

The recent amendment to the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2006 simply updates existing paragraphs to reflect the revised Commission Regulation (EC) No 206/2009 of 5 March 2009 on the introduction into the Community of personal consignments of products of animal origin, repealing Regulation (EC) No 745/2004 and amending Regulation (EC) No 136/2004.

There is no official forecast of the quantity of personal imports of products of animal origin as a consequence of the revised European Union (EU) personal imports rules from 1 May. There is no change to the ban on personal imports of meat and dairy products (the products which constitute the main animal health risk) from most countries outside the EU.

However, increases in the permitted amounts of other products of animal origin posing little or no risk to animal health (such as fish/fishery products and honey) will more likely result in an increase in the quantity of these products being brought into the United Kingdom. This will be particularly evident in respect of the increase in the amount permitted for fish and fishery products from 1 kg under the previous rules to a 20kg combined total. Personal imports of non-meat and dairy products from certain countries are also now permitted (although restricted) when they were not permitted under the previous rules.

The quantity of personal imports being brought into the UK is of course dependent on other issues too, such as a reduction or increase in the number of passengers entering the UK from outside the EU.