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Guidance on health and identification marks

Guidance for businesses that use the health and identification marks for food products of animal origin (POAO) such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk.
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The UK has left the EU. There will be a transition period to prepare for new rules until 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, the current EC health and identification marks applied to POAO produced in the UK will continue to be used (see examples below).

The FSA will update businesses as new arrangements are agreed.

Example of the current ‘EC’ health mark

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All marks must be legible and indelible. The health mark must be an oval mark at least 6.5 cm wide by 4.5 cm. It must contain either the ‘UK’ abbreviation or full country name ‘UNITED KINGDOM’, followed by the approval number of the establishment and ‘EC’.

Letters must be at least 0.8 cm high and figures at least 1 cm high.

The dimensions and characters of the health mark may be reduced for health marking of lamb, kids and piglets.

Example of the current ‘EC’ identification mark

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There is no minimum or maximum size for the identification mark. It must contain either the ‘UK’ abbreviation or full country name ‘UNITED KINGDOM’, followed by the approval number of the establishment and ‘EC’.