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    veterinary checks

    ​Inspecting poultry meat

If you import animal feed or food from non-EU countries you must comply with the  law. The general principle is that all products must be safe.  For some products there are specific rules and checks.

The City of London Corporation employs port health officers and official veterinary surgeons to carry out these checks, assisted by support staff. We also use the services of public analysts and food examiners to carry out detailed checks to ensure consignments are safe and comply with legislation.

Download the Port Health and Public Protection Enforcement Policy (200KB)

The Government website has useful guides on the imports-exports page covering aspects of importing food and products of animal origin.

You can find useful information in the London Port Health Authority Food Enforcement Service Plan (339KB) which explains how the Authority aims to deliver its service and in the London Port Health Authority Imported Food Sampling Policy (49KB).

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is a system that shares information about rejected consignments between member states. The European Commission RASFF Portal provides non-confidential data on RASFF alerts and notifications can be viewed by the public.