Sweden Food And Agricultural Import Regulations And Standard

An Expert's View about Food Labeling in Sweden

Posted on: 11 Mar 2010

Sections updated: None. As a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Sweden. An export certificate matrix and copies of certificates specific for Sweden are included in this report.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 9/22/2009 GAIN Report Number: SW9013 Sweden Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Stephen Huete Prepared By: Asa Lexmon Report Highlights: Sections updated: None. As a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Sweden. An export certificate matrix and copies of certificates specific for Sweden are included in this report. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) : Being a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden fully applies EU export certificate regulations. Required certificate details are set out in specific legislation, including models of the certificates to be used. The Swedish government does not publish these models in Swedish but, rather, accepts English models as specified in the EU legislation. For a list of EU-required export certificates and the products they cover, please refer to the U.S. Mission to the European Union?s FAIRS Export Certificate GAIN report available at: http://useu.usmission.gov/agri In addition to those certificates required by the EU, Sweden also has specific certificate requirements for fresh meat, meat preparations or minced meat (with the exception of heat-treated meats) and eggs exported to Sweden. These products must be accompanied by a health certificate (a salmonella guarantee) stating that the product is free from salmonella. Table 1. Specific export certificates required by the Swedish government Products Title of Certificate Attestation Required Purpose Requesting on Certificate Ministry Meat & Salmonella ?No occurrence of Certificate of National Food eggs Guarantee salmonella infection conformance Administration disease? Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) Salmonella Guarantees The purpose of the salmonella guarantee - Certificate of Conformance- is to provide consumer protection. In its EU accession, Sweden and Finland received a derogation allowing them to apply stricter salmonella controls than other EU member countries. Sweden and Finland were granted additional salmonella guarantees covering trade in fresh meat from bovines and hogs, fresh poultry meat and table eggs which were extended to minced meat. All consignments containing fresh meat, meat preparations or minced meat (with the exception of heat-treated meats) are subject to salmonella control. Salmonella regulations are stipulated in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005 and the National Food Administration regulations (LIVSFS 2005:22). These regulations do not apply to imports from Norway and Finland, since these countries have the same salmonella status as Sweden. The National Food Administration is the authority responsible for requiring and approving the certificate. Copies of the ?Model Certificates? for meats and eggs are found in Appendix I of this report. Swedish importers are themselves responsible for ensuring that fresh meats, i.e., beef, pork and poultry, are tested for salmonella in the country of dispatch. Documentation stating that the meat was tested in accordance with the applicable EU decision, and that no salmonella was detected in the meat, must accompany the consignment. Likewise, importers of eggs for consumption must, as part of the self-inspection, ensure that the consignment is accompanied by certification of salmonella testing before further processing of the eggs. However, this does not apply when eggs are delivered to pre- approved establishments and when it can be demonstrated that they are to be used in the manufacture of egg products. New Methods Approved for Salmonella Testing The EU Commission has approved new testing methods for salmonella in fresh meat (beef, pork and poultry) imported from another EU country. Commission Decision 2003/470/EG approves alternative analytical methods for salmonella testing than those referred to in Decisions 95/409/EG and 95/411/EG. Importers who wish to use other test methods for salmonella are required to provide documentation to the National Food Administration demonstrating that the method used is valid and in accordance with Decision 2003/470/EC. Questions regarding testing methods may be addressed to the National Food Administration (Tel: +4618-17 55 00). Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s) Salmonella ? Meat/Eggs The specific declaration (attestation) required on the salmonella guarantee certifies that the product to be imported into Sweden is in conformance with Sweden?s strict non-tolerance for salmonella. As noted above, the ?Model Certificates? can be found in Appendix I. Section IV. Government Certificate?s Legal Entry Requirements Salmonella Does the original certificate need to accompany the product at the time of entry? Yes. Commercial documents should follow the model as provided in Appendix I. The certificate should include, in the numbered order that appears in the model, the required attestations for the transportation of meat from bovines or hogs or poultry meat, including minced meat. It shall be drawn up in one of the official languages of the EU Member State of destination. However, it may also be drawn up in other EU languages, if accompanied by an official translation or if previously agreed by the competent authority of the Member State of destination. The commercial document must be produced at least in triplicate (one original and two copies). The original must accompany the consignment to its final destination. The final receiver must retain the original. The producer must retain one of the copies and the carrier the other. The original of each commercial document shall consist of a single page, both sides, or, where more text is required it shall be in such a form that all pages needed are part of an integrated whole and indivisible. If, for reasons of identification of the items of the consignment, additional pages are attached to the document, these pages shall also be considered as forming part of the original of the document by the application of the signature of the responsible person on each of the pages. When the document, including additional pages, comprises more than one page, each page shall be numbered at the bottom as follows: (page number) of (total number of pages). The top of each additional page shall bear the code number of the document as designated by the responsible authority. Can the certificate be applied to multiple shipments? No. The Certificate follows the individual consignment. ? Will Sweden accept a Supplier?s or Manufacturer?s Export Declaration as proof of compliance? Yes, for meats this is acceptable. However, the certificate for eggs must be issued by the competent authority in the United States. ? Will Sweden accept a U.S. State issued export certificate? Yes, provided that it has been drawn up in accordance with the Model Certificates. ? Will Sweden derogate export certificates? The EU has a bilateral mutual equivalency veterinary trade agreement with the United States facilitating import procedures. However, the certificate requirements must be respected. Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements Foods of animal origin (meat, fish, milk, eggs and products thereof) must come from an EU-approved establishment in the country of origin and be accompanied by a health certificate as described in Section I. The list of approved U.S. export facilities can be found on the website of the Foreign Agricultural Service U.S. Mission to the European Union at: http://useu.usmission.gov/agri Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate Model certificate for the consignment to Finland and Sweden of eggs intended for human consumption [ Author Defined: Disclaimer: This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Stockholm, Sweden for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. FINAL IMPORT APPROVAL OF ANY PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO THE IMPORTING COUNTRY?S RULES AND REGULATIONS AS INTERPRETED BY BORDER OFFICIALS AT THE TIME OF PRODUCT ENTRY.
Posted: 11 March 2010