Legislative reforms regarding intra-community trade in live animals and animal by-products

3.12.2010

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The terms and conditions applicable to intra-community trade in live animals and animal by-products will change on 1 December 2010. The related reforms will apply to non-production animals.

The requirement concerning the medication of dogs and cats against echinococcosis is specified in connection with intra-community import: medication must be administered in the country from which the animal is imported to Finland.

As regards reindeer, national requirements can be complied with. Reindeer are imported to Finland from Sweden and Norway, both for slaughter and reindeer competitions. The new Decree lays down identical rules for import from both countries.

Import permits will be abandoned for miniature pigs in intra-community trade. Instead, as for the import of other production pigs, importers of miniature pigs must register with the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. Since all pigs pose a similar risk of the spread of animal diseases, the internal market trade of miniature pigs and production pigs must comply with identical animal health requirements. A few pigs are imported to Finland every year, as pets and for research purposes.

In the case of intra-community imports, import permits will be abandoned for pet birds and hobby birds kept for commercial purposes. The Decree specifies animal health-related terms and conditions covering these birds as concerns import from other EU countries.

Internal market trade in bumblebees must comply with terms similar to those applicable to internal market trade in bees. Both bumblebees and bees spread the same animal diseases. Bumblebees are imported to Finland for pollination purposes.

The Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry takes account of the reformed EU legislation on by-products, due to enter into force in March 2011. The most significant change in intra-community imports is that, in future, processed animal protein (meat-and-bone meal produced from category 3 material), produced in compliance with the By-Product Regulation, may be imported to Finland as fur animal feed.

The traceability and control of by-products, from slaughter and material of fish origin, used as feed for fur animals will be enhanced: all batches of such by-products imported from EU countries will have to be reported in advance to the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira.

For more information, please contact:
Changes to legislation:
Senior Veterinary Officer Seppo Kuosmanen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, tel. +358 40 197 01 80
Instructions on intra-community trade in animals and animal by-products:
Senior Officer Virva Valle, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, tel. +358 20 77 24309
Senior Officer Taina Haarahiltunen, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, tel. +358 40 7559074

Pet import helpline, tel. +358 (0)20 690 991 (weekdays Mon-Wed at 9:00-11:00), ehyt at-merkki.gif : 1Kb evira.fi

Links:
Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on amending the Decree (977/2006) Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on inspections to be performed to resist animal diseases in the European Community’s internal market (in Finnish)

Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on animal health requirements concerning certain live animals, animal by-products and certain goods in the European Community’s internal market  (in Finnish)

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