Food Law News - EU - 1997

17 December 1997: CONTAMINANTS - Mycotoxins - EC Action and Pistachio Nuts

MAFF Letter, 17 December 1997

Mycotoxins - EC Action and Pistachio Nuts

The Commission has published a Decision which repeals its Decision 97/613/EC of the 8 September to ban imports of Iranian pistachio nuts into the Community.

Whilst repealing the original Decision the Commission has now imposed special conditions on the import of pistachios and certain products derived from pistachios originating in, or consigned from Iran in order to ensure consumer protection. These conditions are as follows:

In the UK, the original Order banning the import of pistachio nuts and certain pistachio products originating or consigned from Iran (SI 1997 No 2238) made under Section 13 of the Food Safety Act will now be amended as soon as possible. However, until the Amendment Order is in place, the current ban remains in force.

The Commission Decision will be reviewed before 31 October 1998 to assess whether the special conditions imposed provide a sufficient level of health protection to public health. The review will also assess whether there is a continuing need for the special conditions.

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