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Meat of poultry including ratites, wild game-bird meat and eggs /egg products

Veterinary conditions for importing meat of poultry including ratites, wild game-bird meat and eggs /egg products.

The conditions apply with reservation as to import bans / temporary restrictions / special conditions in force at the time of import:

General Information

Basic information is available at the sections „Import", „Importing animals and products of animal origin from third countries", „Importing foods of animal origin from third countries" and „Border veterinary controls".

Approved countries of origin

The list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry products may be im­ported is available in annex I part 1 of
last amended by
Imports of minced meat and mechanically separated meat of poultry, ratites and wild game-bird meat are not permitted. - Importconditions for meat preparations and meat products: see corresponding chapters.
Third countries are eligible for imports according to the list referred to in:
Important: In food legislation the meat of ratites is considered as meat of farmed game. Therefore, countries of origin approved by the EU for meat of ratites (RAT) as per Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 have to be in possession of a residue monitoring plan for farmed game approved by the EU-Com­mission.

Model Veterinary Certificates

The original certificate must accompany the consignment as far as the border inspection post (BIP). Certificate models are available in annex I part 2 of Regulation (EC) No 798/2008:
  • POU - Poultry meat of farmed birds, including birds that are not considered as domestic but which are farmed, with the exception of ratites *.
  • RAT - Ratite meat, excluding offal, of farmed ratites *.
  • WGM  - Wild game-bird meat, excluding offal, except for non-plucked and non-eviscerated wild game-birds.
  • E - Eggs for human consumption.
  • EP - Egg products.
* as of 26 March 2013, new animal welfare certificates need to be inserted. Details and transitional periods, see
For a transitional period until 14 March 2015, import consignments accompanied by a veterinary certificate completed in accordance with the appropriate model veterinary certificates POU, RAT and E set out in Part 2 of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008, in their versions prior to the amend­ments by Regulation (EU) No 952/2014, continue to be authorised, provided that the veterinary health certificate was signed before 14 January 2015.

Approved supplying establishments in third countries

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