Sanitary requirements for export of animal by-products for the manufacture of pet food, intended for dispatch to or for transit through the European Union
HA 2684 (Amended November 27, 2013)

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1.1. consist of animal by-products that satisfy the animal health requirements below;

1.2. have been obtained in the territory of: space from animals:

  • either (a) that have remained in this territory since birth or for at least the last three months before slaughter;
  • or (b) killed in the wild in this territory.

1.3. have been obtained from animals:

  • either (a) coming from holdings:
    1. where, for the following diseases for which the animals are susceptible, there has been neither case/outbreak of rinderpest, swine vesicular disease, Newcastle disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza during the prior 30 days, nor of classical or African swine fever during the prior 40 days; nor in the holdings situated in their vicinity within 10 km, during the prior 30 days; and
    2. where there has been neither case/outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease during the prior 60 days, nor in the holdings situated in their vicinity within 25 km, during the prior 30 days; and
  • (b) which:
    1. were not killed to eradicate any epizootic disease;
    2. have remained in their holdings of origin for at least 40 days before departure and which have been transported directly to the slaughterhouse without contact with other animals which did not comply with the same health conditions;
    3. at the slaughterhouse, have passed the ante-mortem health inspection during the 24 hours before the slaughter and have shown no evidence of the diseases referred to above for which the animals are susceptible; and
    4. have been handled in the slaughterhouse before and at the time of slaughter or killing in accordance with the relevant provisions of Union legislation and have met requirements at least equivalent to those laid down in Chapters II and III of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009;
  • or (a) captured and killed in the wild in an area:
    1. in which within 25 km there has been no case/outbreak of any of the following diseases for which the animals are susceptible: foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, Newcastle disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza during the prior 30 days, nor of classical or African swine fever during the prior 40 days; and
    2. that is situated at a distance that exceeds 20 km from the borders separating another territory of a country or part thereof, which is not authorised at these dates for exporting this material to the European Union; and
  • (b) which after killing were transported within 12 hours for chilling either to a collection centre and immediately afterwards to a game establishment, or directly to a game establishment;

1.4. have been obtained in an establishment around which, within a radius of 10 km, there has been no case/outbreak of diseases referred to in point 1.3 for which the animals are susceptible during the prior 30 days or, in the event of a case of disease, the preparation of raw material for exportation to the European Union has been authorised only after removal of all meat, and the total cleaning and disinfection of the establishment under the control of an official veterinarian;

1.5. have been obtained and prepared without contact with other material not complying with the conditions required above, and it has been handled so as to avoid contamination with pathogenic agents;

1.6. have been packed in new packaging preventing any leakage and in officially sealed containers bearing the label indicating 'Raw Material only for the Manufacture of Pet Food' and the name and address of the EU establishment of destination;

1.7. consist only of the following animal by-products:

  • either - carcases and parts of animals slaughtered or, in the case of game, bodies or parts of animals killed, and which are fit for human consumption in accordance with Union legislation, but are not intended for human consumption for commercial reasons;
  • and/or - carcases and the following parts originating either from animals that have been slaughtered in a slaughterhouse and were considered fit for slaughter for human consumption following an ante-mortem inspection or bodies and the following parts of animals from game killed for human consumption in accordance with Union legislation:
    1. carcases or bodies and parts of animals which are rejected as unfit for human consumption in accordance with Union legislation, but which did not show any signs of disease communicable to humans or animals;
    2. heads of poultry;
    3. hides and skins, including trimmings and splitting thereof, horns and feet, including the phalanges and the carpus and metacarpus bones, tarsus and metatarsus bones, of animals other than ruminants;
    4. pig bristles;
    5. feathers;
  • and/or - animal by-products arising from the production of products intended for human consumption, including degreased bone, greaves and centrifuge or separator sludge from milk processing;
  • and/or - products of animal origin, or foodstuffs containing products of animal origin, which are no longer intended for human consumption for commercial reasons or due to problems of manufacturing or packaging defects or other defects from which no risk to public or animal health arise;
  • and/or - aquatic animals, and parts of such animals, except sea mammals, which did not show any signs of diseases communicable to humans or animals;
  • and/or - animal by-products from aquatic animals originating from plants or establishments manufacturing products for human consumption;
  • and/or - the following material originating from animals which did not show any signs of disease communicable through that material to humans or animals:
    1. shells from shellfish with soft tissue or flesh;
    2. the following originating from terrestrial animals:
      • hatchery by-products,
      • eggs,
      • egg by-products, including egg shells;
    3. day-old chicks killed for commercial reasons;
  • and/or - animal by-products from aquatic or terrestrial invertebrates, other than species pathogenic to humans or animals;
  • and/or - material from animals which have been treated with certain substances which are prohibited pursuant to Directive 96/22/EC, the import of the material being permitted in accordance with Article 35(a)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009;

1.8. have been deep-frozen at the plant of origin or have been preserved in accordance with EU legislation in such a way that they will not spoil between dispatch and delivery to the plant of destination;

1.9. in the case of raw material derived from animals which have been treated with certain substances prohibited in accordance with Directive 96/22/EC for the manufacture of petfood, the import being permitted in accordance with Article 35(a)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009:

  1. it has been marked in the third country before entry into the territory of the Union by a cross of liquefied charcoal or activated carbon on each outer side of each frozen block, or, when the raw material is transported in pallets which are not divided into separate consignments during transport to the petfood plant of destination, on each outer side of each pallet, in a way that the marking covers at least 70 % of the diagonal length of the frozen block and be of at least 10 cm width;
  2. in case of material which is not frozen, the raw material has been marked in the third country before entry into the territory of the Union by spraying it with liquefied charcoal or by applying charcoal powder in a way that the charcoal is clearly visible on the material; and
  3. in the case the animal by-products are made up of raw material which has been treated as referred to above and other non-treated raw material, all the raw materials have been marked as laid down in point (a) and (b) above.

2. Specific requirements

2.1. The by-products in this consignment come from animals that have been kept in the territory mentioned under (1.2), where vaccination programmes against foot-and-mouth disease are being regularly carried out and officially controlled in domestic bovine animals.

2.2. The by-products in this consignment consist only of animal by-products derived from trimmed offal of domestic ruminants, which have maturated at an ambient temperature of more than + 2°C for at least three hours, or in the case of masseter muscles of bovine animals and deboned meat of domestic animals, for at least 24 hours.

3. either - the product does not contain and is not derived from specified risk material as defined in Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council or mechanically separated meat obtained from bones of bovine, ovine or caprine animals; and the animals from which this product is derived have not been slaughtered after stunning by means of gas injected into the cranial cavity or killed by the same method or slaughtered by laceration of central nervous tissue by means of an elongated rod-shaped instrument introduced into the cranial cavity;

or - the product does not contain and is not derived from bovine, ovine or caprine materials other than those derived from animals born, continuously reared and slaughtered in a country or region classified as posing a negligible BSE risk by a decision in accordance with Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 999/2001;

4. in addition as regards TSE:

  • either - in case of animal by-products intended for feeding ruminants and containing milk or milk products of ovine or caprine origin, the ovine and caprine animals from which these products are derived have been kept continuously since birth or for the last three years on a holding where no official movement restriction is imposed due to a suspicion of TSE and which has satisfied the following requirements for the last three years:
    1. it has been subject to regular official veterinary checks;
    2. no classical scrapie case, as defined in point 2(g) of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001, has been diagnosed or, following the confirmation of a classical scrapie case:
      • all animals in which classical scrapie was confirmed have been killed and destroyed, and
      • all goats and sheep on the holding have been killed and destroyed, except for breeding rams of the ARR/ARR genotype and breeding ewes carrying at least one ARR allele and no VRQ allele;
    3. ovine and caprine animals, with the exception of sheep of the ARR/ARR prion genotype, are introduced into the holding only if they come from a holding which complies with the requirements set out in points (i) and (ii).
  • or - in case of animal by-products intended for feeding ruminants and containing milk or milk products of ovine or caprine origin, and destined to a Member State listed in the Annex to Commission Regulation (EC) No 546/2006, the ovine and caprine animals from which these products are derived have been kept continuously since birth or for the last seven years on a holding where no official movement restriction is imposed due to a suspicion of TSE and which has satisfied the following requirements for the last seven years:
    1. it has been subject to regular official veterinary checks;
    2. no classical scrapie case, as defined in point 2(g) of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001, has been diagnosed or, following the confirmation of a classical scrapie case:
      • all animals in which classical scrapie was confirmed have been killed and destroyed, and
      • all goats and sheep on the holding have been killed and destroyed, except for breeding rams of the ARR/ARR genotype and breeding ewes carrying at least one ARR allele and no VRQ allele;
    3. ovine and caprine animals, with the exception of sheep of the ARR/ARR prion genotype, are introduced into the holding only if they come from a holding which complies with the requirements set out in points (i) and (ii).
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