Betel leaves from India

Last updated:
26 February 2016
Specific conditions are applicable to the import of betel leaves ('Piper betle') from India for the presence Salmonella.

From 12 February 2016 Regulation (EU) 2016/166 imposes special conditions governing the import of betel leaves from India due to contamination risk by Salmonella.

This product must be accompanied by the results of sampling and analysis carried out by the competent authorities in India. 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) where it will be subject to a documentary, identity and physical check. 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).