Change to EU rules means trichinella testing no longer required
23rd Apr 2021 / By Alistair Driver
A change to EU rules, which came into force on April 21, means UK pork shipments to the EU will no longer have to be tested for trichinella.
The requirement, which came into force at the start of this year due to the UK's new trading status with the EU, has added costs to pork exports and resulted in some shipments being refused at EU ports.
Defra applied to the EU Commission for listing of GB as a third country to allow us to certify live pigs or pig meat for export as coming from controlled housing without the need for trichinella testing.
In January, GB was granted use of a derogation from testing un-weaned piglets under the age of five weeks.
In February, member states voted in favour of the UK's application regarding the ability to certify other pigs or fresh meat from them as coming from controlled housing without the need for trichinella testing. The relevant EU legislation was published on March 25 and came into effect on April 21.
"In all cases, we advise that you contact the importer before preparing the consignment to confirm that they will accept it," Defra advised.
While the legislation does affect live pig exports, this traded is currently halted due to a lack of border inspection posts at EU ports, as now required under the new Brexit rules. The NPA is continuing to work with other interested parties to find a solution.
The position for Northern Ireland (NI) is unchanged from previous guidance. NI does not need to be listed as a third country for the purposes of exporting to the EU and is identified alongside Member States as a country using controlled housing.
Consignments of live pigs and pig meat can therefore be certified as coming from controlled housing for export to all Member States.
NI is also able to apply the derogation from testing un-weaned piglets under five weeks old.
- Any GB exporter experiencing problems on entry to a Member State should contact Defra at SM-Defra-traders (DEFRA) firstname.lastname@example.org