Fishery Products Charges Regulations 2007: Guidance for enforcement authorities

Last updated:
3 December 2012
Advice on the Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) Regulations 2007 on how charges for the delivery of official controls for fishery products are applied.

Applies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

This information is for:

  • enforcement authorities
  • fishery industry

Legal status:

This guidance does not place any legal requirements on food business operators. They explain the legal requirements that enforcement authorities must comply with in charging for official controls for fishery products.

The Regulations provide for the continued enforcement of the requirement for food businesses to pay local food authorities a contribution towards the cost of carrying out hygiene inspection and analysis charges for fishery products landed directly in the UK from other countries. These direct landings of fishery products are not required to enter through controlled points of entry into the UK. These requirements are therefore necessary to monitor fishery products to ensure they meet EU hygiene standards and are fit for human consumption.

What is a fishery product?

In Regulation 853/2004 fishery products are defined as:

  • all seawater or freshwater animals (except for live bivalve molluscs, live echinoderms, live tunicates and live marine gastropods, and all mammals, reptiles and frogs) whether wild or farmed and including all edible forms, parts and products of such animals

Under this definition a fishery product would include crustaceans (such as prawns, lobsters, crayfish, crabs and shrimps), all cephalopods (such as octopus, squid and cuttlefish) and aquaculture products (such as farmed salmon, trout, prawns or shrimps), but not mammals such as whales.