Imports of salt, or low sodium salt alternatives from countries outside the European Union (EU), must meet the same or equivalent food hygiene and compositional standards and procedures as food produced in the UK or other EU Member States. You do not normally need a health certificate to import salt.
For information on food additives used as anti-caking agents or any other food additives used in salt or low sodium salt alternatives, please contact our Food Additives team.
You will find general information about food labelling on GOV.UK website.
For advice on the labelling of specific products, please go to GOV.UK to find your local Trading Standards Department or Environmental Health Department.
Food contact materials and articles, including those used for food packaging, are controlled by a all-encompassing comprehensive EU harmonised legislation that has been fully implemented in the UK. This legislation is particularly thorough in its control of plastic materials and articles intended for food use. For information on the safety of packaging please contact the Food Contact Materials team.
For general enquiries on food hygiene please contact the Food Hygiene Policy team.
You can find information on pesticides safety levels for imports on HSE website.
The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013 make provision for enactment and enforcement of Commission Regulations setting regulatory limits for contaminants in food, such as nitrate, mycotoxins, metals, 3-MCPD, dioxins and PAHs.
Read our business guidance on chemical safety.
You may also wish to visit The Salt Association regarding information on any UK standards for salt.
Imports of feed and food from Japan
Imports of all feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan to the EU are subject to special conditions. This is following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in March 2011. This will mean that consignments of feed and food can only enter the UK through specific ports and airports where official controls will be carried out.
Food Hygiene Policy Team