From 17 August 2014 a new Commission Regulation (EU) 885/2014 imposes special conditions governing the import of okra and curry leaves from India due to contamination risk by pesticide residues. It repeals and replaces Commission Regulation Regulation (EU) No 91/2013.
These products must be accompanied by the results of sampling and analysis carried out by the competent authorities in the country of origin or, if appropriate, the country the products are consigned from. They must also be accompanied by a health certificate, in accordance with the model certificate, as set out in Annex II of the regulation. An identification code needs to be on these documents and on each individual packaging form of the consignment. The products must enter the EU at a designated point of entry (DPE) designated for the feed or food product. Products will be subject to a documentary, identity and physical check at the DPE. See 'High-risk' products of non-animal origin under Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 for a list of DPEs.
Prior notification of the arrival of the consignment must also be provided by the feed or food business operator by means of a Common Entry Document before the physical arrival of the product(s).