Trade of unskinned large wild game animals within the European Union

To clarify the arrangements that apply to the trade of unskinned large wild game animals between European Union member states.

About the proposal

What was being proposed:

Clarification of the arrangements that apply to the trade of unskinned large wild game animals from a collection centre in one member state to a game handling establishment in another member state.

What area the proposal applies to:

  • hygiene and food safety
  • collection centres, and unskinned, large wild game

When:

A new requirement entered into force in 2014 regarding the export of unskinned bodies of large wild game animals.  The new requirement was introduced by:

Commission Regulations 633/2014 and 636/2014; Regulation 633/2014 amends Regulations 853/2004 and 854/2004 and Regulation 636/2014 provides a model certificate for the trade in unskinned large wild game. 

The new rules require certification by an Official Veterinarian (OV) of bodies of unskinned large wild game animals which are intended to be consigned to an approved game handling establishment in another member state. The OV must certify that the bodies of the animals meet certain requirements of Regulation 853/2004 and are accompanied by the appropriate declaration by a trained person who examined the animals after they were killed. 

In order to avoid a disproportionate administrative burden, Regulation 633/2014 allows for an alternative approach to be taken when the approved game handling establishment, closest to the hunting area, is in another member state. Transport to the approved game handling establishment need not be accompanied by the aforementioned certificate but by the declaration of the trained person (taking into account the animal health status of the member state of origin).

FSA contact:

Paul Stubbington
Meat Hygiene Policy Branch
tel: 020 7276 8397
email: paul.stubbington@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

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