Arrangements for applying amendments to Annex III of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 on the handling of certain offal ('stomachs and feet') from animals intended for human consumption

Last updated:
6 February 2015
A new EU regulation, which came into force on 17 November 2014, requires stomachs of ruminants to be scaled or cleaned within the slaughterhouse before they can be transported to another approved food business for handling. We are seeking your views on the proposed arrangements for applying this.

More about this proposal

European Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1137/2014 came into force on 17 November 2014. This new EU Regulation amends Annex III of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 on the handling of certain offal (‘stomachs and feet’) from animals intended for human consumption. Under this Regulation, when destined for further handling:

  • Stomachs must be scalded or cleaned; however, in the case of young ruminants intended for rennet production, the stomachs need to only be emptied.
  • Intestines must be emptied and cleaned.
  • Heads and feet must be skinned or scalded and depilated; however, when authorised by the competent authority, visibly clean feet may be transported to and skinned or scalded and depilated in the approved establishment that is further handling the feet for processing into food.

The letter linked below outlines proposed arrangements and criteria for applying the amendment under the new EU Regulation.

What area the proposal applies to

  • Animal feed
  • Food law, monitoring and controls
  • Hygiene and food safety


Responses are required by Friday 20 March 2015.


Please send your comments to:
Nasreen Shah
tel: 0207 276 8538