The European Commission regularly adopts Implementing Decisions in relation to emergency measures where it is evident that food or feed imported from a non-EU country is likely to constitute a serious risk to human health, animal health or the environment.

In Scotland these Decisions are implemented by way of Declarations using the following Scottish Statutory Instruments: 

  • The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/446) - Declarations under Regulation 35
  • The Trade in Animals and Related Products (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/177) - Declarations under Regulation 25

Where Scottish Ministers or Food Standards Scotland have reasonable grounds to suspect that any food or feed that has been or may be introduced into Scotland is likely to constitute a serious risk to animal or public health they each have the power to issue a written declaration suspending or imposing conditions on the introduction into Scotland of that product. 

Declarations currently in force