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Transition period under EAEU Technical Regulation on fish and fish products has come to an end

Transition period under EAEU Technical Regulation on fish and fish products has come to an end

9/5/2019

The transitional provisions of the technical regulation on fish products have ceased to apply in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries since September 1.

“Old documents on conformity assessment of fish and fish products with mandatory requirements established prior to the adoption of the EAEU Technical Regulation “On safety of fish and fish products” have ceased to apply in the EAEU countries”, - explains Timur Nurashev, Director of Technical Regulation and Accreditation Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).

From now on, all food fish products, i.e. fish, aquatic mammals and invertebrates, sea weed and other aquatic plants shall be released into circulation being accompanied with documents on assessing the conformity to the requirements of technical regulations only, rather than being accompanied, in particular, with documents on assessing the conformity to the requirements of national legislation, as it was previously the case.

It is not just about fresh fish and other aquatic products. Documents on conformity to the fish technical regulation’s requirements are required for chilled, frozen, sun-cured, dried, pickled, salted, smoked and many other types of products. Among them are food fish products for baby nutrition, minced meat, canned food, preserves, caviar, edible fat from fish, aquatic mammals and invertebrates, etc.

He reminded that this Technical Regulation of the Union was adopted by the EEC Council in 2016. At the same time, transitional provisions were defined, including those extending the validity period for previously issued declarations of conformity and conformity certificates. This allowed businesses to gradually move to new safety requirements for fish and fish products, having updated the production technology.

The EAEU Technical Regulation establishes uniform requirements for safety of food fish products released into circulation in the Union market, which are mandatory for applying and executing in all Union countries. It also establishes norms for marking and packaging food fish products to ensure its free movement in the EAEU. In addition, the document covers the requirements for production, storage, transportation, sale, and disposal processes.

The Technical Regulation has defined microbiological safety standards, maximum permissible levels of veterinary drugs and pharmaceuticals in food fish products, hygienic requirements, nutritional value and safety indicators of food fish products for baby nutrition, and others.

Food fish products which are made of poisonous fish of some families, do not meet consumer characteristics according to their organoleptic indicators, are frozen with core temperature higher than -18°C, are frozen-thawed during storage, and contain biotoxins (phycotoxins) dangerous to human health, are prohibited from entering the Union market.  

The Technical Regulation stipulates that fish products that meet statutory norms and have passed the conformity assessment procedure shall be marked with the common trademark of products’ circulation in the EAEU market.

State control over compliance with Technical Regulation’s requirements shall be carried out in accordance with the Member States’ legislation. The authorized authorities of the Union countries shall take all measures to limit and prohibit the release of food fish products that fail to comply with the Technical Regulation as well as to withdraw them from circulation.