Import from another EU member state and Norway of live crayfish to be cooked in Finland

12.7.2007

<div>Crayfish imported for cooking can not be marketed live to the consumer in Finland and their access to natural waters has to be prevented. Importers of live crayfish to Finland from the EU and Norway for use as food have to be registered as first destination operators with the municipal food control authority.</div>

Protection of the Finnish crayfish species and populations

Under the Fishing Act 1982/286, sections 94 and 95, the import of crayfish is not permitted to endanger crayfish species and populations found in the wild in Finland. Therefore, crayfish imported for cooking can not be marketed live to the consumer in Finland and are not to be even temporarily kept in natural waters and they have to be prevented from getting into the natural waterways.

Amendment to the legislation

When importing live crayfish from the internal market for food to Finland the operator has to register as a first destination operator with the municipal food control authority, and does not have to register with Evira’s Animal Health and Welfare Unit.

Requirements concerning first destination operations

When importing live crayfish from the internal market to Finland for food the decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on first destination operations (118/2006), is to be complied with. Evira’s instructions on first destination control may be found on Evira’s Internet pages at the address:
http://www.evira.fi/portal/fi/elintarvikkeet/valvonta_ja_yritt__j__t/ensisaapumisvalvonta/ (in Finnish).

Live crayfish brought to Finland from the internal market have to be either cooked at the first destination or be delivered from the first destination to food premises approved for cooking (for example a fish processing establishment or a restaurant). It is prohibited to sell the crayfish live directly to the consumer. The crayfish have to originate from an establishment approved by an authority of the country in question.

Import of foreign crayfish species and populations for restocking or farming

Importing foreign crayfish species and populations for stocking or farming requires either a registration (crayfish imported for farming) or an import permit (crayfish imported for restocking purposes) (decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 977/2006 and the decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 312/2007). Registration or import permit is applied for from Evira’s Animal Health and Welfare Unit. In addition, the import of new species and populations of crayfish requires an import permit issued by the Department of Fisheries and Game of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and restocking requires a permit issued by the local TE Centre.

For more information, please contact:
First destination control
Senior Officer Marko Naapuri, tel. 020 77 24239, marko.naapuriat-merkki.gifevira.fi
Senior Officer Britta Wiander, tel. 020 77 25381, britta.wianderat-merkki.gifevira.fi (from 6.8)

Import permits (stocking) registration (culture)
Veterinary Officer Seppo Kuosmanen, tel. 020 77 24217, seppo.kuosmanenat-merkki.gifevira.fi

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