The importation of meat products from member states and third countries is governed by EU harmonised rules. The main conditions for imports include: advance notification to my Department of each consignment; the goods must be accompanied by veterinary certification or, in certain cases, a commercial document; the goods must come from an establishment, e.g. slaughterhouse, cutting plant or coldstore which has been approved by the EU Commission.
Following the European Commission Decision of 27 March 1996 (96/239/EEC), the importation of cattle and products of bovine origin from the UK was banned from 28 March 1996. Since the introduction of the prohibition, close liaison has been maintained between my Department, the Garda authorities and Customs and Excise to ensure that the ban is implemented.