Firms get updates on EU regulations on imported agricultural products, foods

Recently, the EU has introduced a number of separate requirements for imported composite products. According to Sylvie Coulon, senior expert at DG-SANTE, with this move, the regulation on the percentage of processed products of animal origin will no longer be valid. And the new one is stricter to better protect consumers.

To comply well with new requirements, Sylvie Coulon advised businesses to understand correctly what composite products are, adding they are foods that contain products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin.

At the conference, the DG-SANTE introduced in detail relevant regulations on hygiene and food safety for composite products and products of non-animal origin; rules of origin, as well as a residue monitoring plan on these products, along with quarantine measures based on international practices issued by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Le Thanh Hoa, Director of Vietnam SPS Office, said that although the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) has been in effect for nearly four years, there remain shortcomings and difficulties, especially those related to food safety regulations as well as others on the environment and sustainable development.

Hoa showed his hope that the EU will continue to support the Vietnam SPS Office to update information and regulations related to food safety to businesses when exporting products to the EU; and help strengthen the capacity of Vietnam's food safety control system as well as animal and plant quarantine network.

In 2023, Vietnam's agricultural, forestry and fishery export turnover to the European market reached about US$5.3 billion, making it Vietnam's third largest market, after the US and China.

Source VOV