Changes in the law regarding conformity assessment documents in the meat industry in EAEU

At the meeting on May 26, 2020, the authorized body of the Eurasian Economic Commission issued a decision regarding the use of documents for assessing the compliance of meat and meat products with the individual requirements of the Customs Union technical regulations.

Documents regarding compliance will be valid until the expiration date of the product

 In meat and meat preparations it is obligatory to monitor the content of:

  • veterinary preparations
  • feed additives; growth stimulators for animals (including growth hormones)
  • medicines (including antibiotics) based on information about their use provided by the manufacturer (supplier) of slaughter products (except chloramphenicol, tetracycline and bacitracin).

Documents for assessing compliance with the requirements of the technical regulation "On the safety of meat and meat products" (TR CU 034/2013) issued or accepted until 1 June 2020, are valid until the expiry date of the produced meat or meat product. Therefore, products produced before that date will not be withdrawn from the market if they remain on the market after the new regulations enter into force. Their expiration date therefore determines their timespan to stay legally traded.

Does this apply to products for which specific packaging requirements apply?

Apparently, the situation applies to general-purpose meat products labeled with use of names, which by association are perceived as meat products for baby nutrition. We are talking about products such as, for example, "Dietskije" sausages, as well as "Karapuzik", "Kriepysz" and "Toptyżka" sausages. For these products, conformity assessment documents issued or adopted before June 1, 2020 will also be valid until the expiration date of the specific product.

Conformity assessment documents will be required from June 1

June 1 is the cut-off date - from this moment it is not allowed to issue or accept documents regarding the conformity assessment of slaughter products, without taking into account the requirements described above.

This decision enters into force 30 calendar days from the date of its official publication.