Guar gum and feed and food containing guar gum from India

Safeguard controls on guar gum and products that contain guar gum apply from 26 February 2015

These controls implement Regulation (EU) No. 2015/175

For consignments which leave India before 26 February 2015 the health certificate set out in Regulation (EU) 258/2010 can be used.

Consignments of guar gum (the thickening agent E412) falling within CN code 1302 32 90 10 or 1302 32 90 19, and compound mixtures containing at least 20% guar gum originating in or consigned from India, and dispatched from India must be accompanied by a health certificate signed by an authorised representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India and shall be valid for up to 4 months from the date of issue.

Consignments must also be accompanied by an analytical report, issued by a laboratory accredited according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the analysis of PCP indicating the product does not contain more than 0.01 mg/kg pentachlorophenol (PCP). The report must show the results of sampling and analysis for the presence of PCP, the measurement uncertainty of the analytical result as well as the limit of detection and limit of quantification of the analytical method.

The analysis must have been performed on a sample taken by the Indian competent authorities from the consignment, and analysed in accordance with the method referred to in Regulation (EU) 2015/175.

All consignments must be identified by a code, which must be indicated on the health certificate, on the analytical report containing the results of sampling and analysis, on any accompanying commercial documents as well as on each individual bag or packaged form of the consignment.

In addition, feed and food business operators are required to pre-notify the designated point of entry in England, providing the estimated date and time of arrival of the consignment. This must be done at least one working day prior to the arrival of the consignment by completing part I of the common entry document (CED), provided by Regulation 669/2009 (as amended). Operators also need to be aware that approximately 5% of consignments will be randomly sampled for identity and physical checks and that they will be responsible for bearing all costs resulting from these official controls including sampling, analysis, storage and any measures taken following non-compliance.

Furthermore, feed and food business operators must present the duly completed CED to custom authorities in order for the release of the consignments into free circulation.