In a letter to UK-approved food business operators dated 26 November, the FSA indicate that in the event of a no deal Brexit – which they stress they believe is unlikely – the UK would need to apply to be listed by the EU as a ‘third country’ in order to export fish, shellfish and other POAO to the EU.
To enable an application to be submitted by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on behalf of the UK, producers who export POAO to the EU; who supply products subsequently exported to the EU; or who wish to do so in the near future - must provide certain information to the FSA:
- Confirmation that they would like to be included on the list of approval to export POAO into the EU.
- Product(s) and volume of material exported to the EU over the last 12 months and the number of consignments dispatched to the EU.
- Product(s) and volume of material produced in the last 12 months that is not exported.
- Approval number.
- Name, address email and telephone number.
This information should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 12 December 2018. Failure to respond by the deadline may mean food business operators having to stop exporting POAO until a future revision of the list can be approved by the EU.
For further information contact Ruiseart Doig, EU Listings Project Officer, Food Standards Agency, at email@example.com