It has been agreed to consider separately the official checks required on products of animal origin (i.e. red meat, poultry meat, rabbit and hare meat, farmed game meat, wild game meat, bivalve molluscs, fishery products, milk and milk products). The commission has therefore issued a working document (No vi/8655/96 Rev 1) and proposes to begin discussions at working group level in September. In fact the text bears a very strong resemblance to requirements in existing Directives.
The Commission will discuss the document in a working group before issuing a formal proposal which would be subject to consultation in the usual way.