Deadline extended for food business operators to provide information to ensure continued EU exports of POAO post-Brexit

16 January 2019  |  Regulation
The deadline for food business operators who wish to continue to export fish or other products of animal origin (POAO) to the EU post-Brexit to provide information to the Food Standards Authority (FSA) has been extended to 25 January 2019.

The FSA – which originally wrote to approved establishments exporting POAO to the EU last November requesting specific information – will next week write again to approved establishments who did not respond. Businesses should respond by 25 January to ensure that they can continue to export POAO to the EU after the UK exits the EU.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without securing a deal, the UK would need to apply to be listed by the EU as a ‘third country’ in order to export fish, shellfish and other POAO to the EU.

To enable an application to be submitted by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on behalf of the UK, producers who export POAO to the EU; who supply products subsequently exported to the EU; or who wish to do so in the near future - must provide certain information to the FSA:

  • Confirmation that they would like to be included on the list of approval to export POAO into the EU.
  • Product(s) and volume of material exported to the EU over the last 12 months and the number of consignments dispatched to the EU.
  • Product(s) and volume of material produced in the last 12 months that is not exported.
  • Approval number.
  • Name, address email and telephone number.

This information should be sent to by 25 January 2019. Failure to provide the required information could lead to businesses having to stop exporting POAO to the EU until such times that they can be added to future revision of the list.

See a copy of the reminder letter here. For further information contact Ruiseart Doig, EU Listings Project Officer, Food Standards Agency, at

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