Import Regulations Changed In Europe

Published online: Jun 21, 2004
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Importers of Polish potatoes into Northern Ireland have been told they must give the Department of Agriculture at least two days notice of their arrival as a protective measure against the possibility of importing diseases, especially bacterial ring rot.

The information required would include the time, date and means of landing, the point of entry and the intended use of the potatoes.

For seed or processing potatoes the department wants the designation of the potatoes, the variety, quantity, the producer's identification number or the reference number of the impoted lot.

The department said the move is intended as a protective measure against the possibility of diseases being introduced.

Similar notification requirements are being brought in to force in other parts of Britain. The Northern Irish requirements would also cover Polish potatoes imported through other areas of the United Kingdom.