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Pig bristles - Wool - Hair - Feathers

This page shows examples of the veterinary certificates stipulated for imports and transits and (where available) lists of recognized countries of origin and approved suppliers.

They are applicable subject to the import bans, temporary restrictions and special conditions in force on the day (see links).

Regulations

For approval, import procedures and application form, see page "Animal by-products (ABP) from third countries in 2011" (see links).

The pig bristles, wool, hair, feathers, feather parts and down must comply with the requirements set forth in Annex XIV Chapter II Section 1 Table 2 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011 (see links).

Pig bristles (treated, untreated) must have been obtained from pigs that come from the country of origin, where they were slaughtered in a slaughterhouse.

Untreated wool and untreated hair must
  • be packed in firm, dry conditions and
  • shipped directly, under conditions that exclude any transmission of pathogens, to a facility that manufactures products for use outside the food chain, or to an intermediate treatment facility.

Treated wool and hair (mechanically washed or treated elsewhere, so that they no longer pose an unacceptable risk) are not subject to a border veterinary inspection.

Treated feathers, feather parts and down must conform to the requirements set forth in Annex XIV Chapter II Section 6 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011.

It is forbidden to import untreated feathers, feather parts and down.

Recognized countries of origin

Pig bristles: Annex XIV Chapter II Section 1 Table 2 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011 stipulates the following:
a) In the case of untreated pig bristles: countries listed in Annex II Part 1 of Regulation (EU) 206/2010 that were free of African swine fever in the last 12 months before the date of importation (see also (EU) 144/2011).
b) In the case of treated pig bristles: countries listed in Annex II Part 1 of Regulation (EU) Nr. 206/2010, that may not have been free of swine fever in the last 12 months before the date of importation (see also (EU) 144/2011).

Wool and hair: according to Annex XIV Chapter II Section 1 Table 2 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011 the following applies:
a) Untreated, firmly packed and directly shipped: products may be imported from any country.
b) Treated according to internationally recognized procedures for deactivating foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) (animals other than pigs): products may be imported from third countries that are listed in Annex II Part 1 of Regulation (EU) No 206.2010 (without guarantees A and F) and are free of FMD according to Annex II of Directive 2004/68/EC and, in the case of pigs and goats, are free of goat pox.

Treated feathers, feather parts and down: according to Annex XIV Chapter II Section 1 Table 2 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011 these products may be imported from any country.

Approved suppliers in third countries

Lists of establishments in third countries must be included in the TRACES system according to the technical specifications published by the Commission on its website. The responsible veterinary authority of the approved country of origin is responsible for ensuring that goods for export are only approved from establishments that meet the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 and Regulation (EU) No 142/2011.

Model of required veterinary certificate

Pig bristles: the templates of the veterinary certificate for import and transit (Annex XV Chapters 7a and 7B) can be found in Regulation (EU) 142/2011:
  • "For pig bristles from third countries or regions thereof that are free from African swine fever": from page 191
  • " For pig bristles from third countries or regions thereof that are not free from African swine fever": from page 193

Wool and Hair:

•         Untreated, firmly packed and directly shipped: no
          veterinary certificate needes.
•         Treated according to internationally recognized procedures
          for deactivating FMD (animals other than pigs): declaration
          of the importer required, please note Annex XV Chapter 21
          of Regulation (EU) No 14272011.

Treated feathers, parts of feathers and down: no veterinary certificate is needed, please note Annex XIV Chapter II Section 6 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011 (commercial document).


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