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Commission consultation, 27 September 2018
|A copy of the full consultation document is available on this site (click on image). See also the separate document containing the proposed Annex: Draft Annexes|
The following is the opening section of the consultation document:
1. Legal Context of this Delegated Regulation
Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council1 lays down rules for the performance of official controls and other control activities by the competent authorities of the Member States, in particular in relation to the production of products of animal origin intended for human consumption.
This draft Delegated Regulation supplements Regulation (EU) 2017/625 concerning official controls related to the production of meat (meat inspection) and for the production and relaying areas of Pectinidae, marine gastropods and Holothuroidea.
In principle, meat inspections are carried out by the official veterinarian. This Delegated Regulation provides for a derogation from the basic requirements laid down in Regulation (EU) 2017/625, and is intended to establish the criteria and conditions for certain tasks relating to meat inspections in slaughterhouses and official controls in game-handling establishments and cutting plants, to be carried out by official auxiliaries or other staff designated by the competent authorities under the supervision or under the responsibility of the official veterinarian. It also lays down:
This Delegated Regulation also lays down further derogations concerning official controls for the production of meat from reindeer and grouse in order to continue longstanding local and traditional practices already notified to and favourably assessed by the Commission and the Member States.
In principle, competent authorities must classify production and relaying areas where live bivalve molluscs are harvested. This Delegated Regulation is intended to establish, by way of derogation from the basic requirements laid down in Regulation (EU) 2017/625, the criteria and conditions under which the production and relaying areas of Pectinidae, marine gastropods and Holothuridea are not to be classified.