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Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending regulations of:

4 February 2014 [shall come into force from 7 February 2014].

If a whole or part of a paragraph has been amended, the date of the amending regulation appears in square brackets at the end of the paragraph. If a whole paragraph or sub-paragraph has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted paragraph or sub-paragraph.


Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 1121

Adopted 14 December 2010

Regulations Regarding the Procedures for issuing Veterinary (Health) Certificates for Animals and Products of Animal Origin and General Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation of Food Products of Animal Origin

Issued pursuant to
Section 25, Clauses 1 and 7
of the Veterinary Medicine Law

I. General Provisions

1. This Regulation prescribes the procedures for issuing veterinary (health) certificates for animals and products of animal origin and also the general veterinary requirements for the circulation of food products of animal origin.

2. The conformity with this Regulation shall be supervised and controlled by the Food and Veterinary Service (hereinafter - the Service).

II. Procedures for Issuing Veterinary (Health) Certificates

3. In the cases prescribed in the laws and regulations governing the field of the circulation of animals and food products of animal origin (Annex 1), the veterinary (health) certificate shall be filled in and issued by an official veterinarian (the inspector of the Service (veterinarian)) who has been authorised by the Service to issue and approve veterinary (health) certificates.

4. In order to receive the veterinary (health) certificate, the person shall submit an application to the territorial unit of the Service. The following information shall be indicated in the application:

4.1. the consignor and consignee (name, address of the actual location, country. If it is intended to pass the freight in transit - also the transit country);

4.2. the type, origin, and size of freight (weight or number of units);

4.3. the vehicle intended for the carriage of freight (type and registration number);

4.4. place and time of loading the freight;

4.5. the applicant (given name, surname, position, telephone number);

4.6. other information if necessary to carry the relevant freight into the country of destination.

5. Veterinary (health) certificate shall conform to the following requirements:

5.1. it has been drawn up on one or several mutually linked and inseparable sheets of paper or a page number of the total number of pages is indicated on each individual sheet of the veterinary (health) certificate;

5.2. it includes the identification number of the veterinary (health) certificate which is a unique number and does not repeat in the identification system;

5.3. if the freight is exported to another European Union Member State (hereinafter - the Member State), the veterinary (health) certificate has been completed in TRACES system (integrated computerised veterinary system) and has been printed out in the official language and in at least one of the official languages of the country of destination. The veterinary (health) certificate is issued prior to exportation of the freight from the territory of Latvia;

5.4. the official veterinarian has certified it with his or her signature and seal;

5.5. the original copy is sent jointly with the freight.

6. If the freight is imported into Latvia from a third country, the veterinary (health) certificate shall conform to the following requirements:

6.1. it has been drawn up in accordance with the requirements laid down in Sub-paragraphs 5.1 and 5.2 of this Regulation. If it is comprised of two or more sheets of paper, the identification number of the veterinary (health) certificate is indicated on each page;

6.2. it has been drawn up in the official language or in the language to the use of which the Service consents or which is supplemented with a certified translation in the official language;

6.3. it certifies that animals or products conform to the requirements laid down in this Regulation and in the legal acts of the European Union for import of the respective animals or products in the European Union;

6.4. an authorised veterinarian of the competent veterinary authority of the third country has certified it with his or her signature and seal. If the veterinary (health) certificate is comprised of more than one page, this requirement shall apply to each subsequent page;

6.5. the original copy is sent jointly with the freight.

7. The Service shall ensure that the official veterinarian who completes and issues the veterinary (health) certificate is trained and has knowledge of:

7.1. the laws and regulations governing the field of the circulation of animals and products of animal origin;

7.2. the procedures for completing and issuing the veterinary (health) certificate;

7.3. the information necessary for completing the veterinary (health) certificate;

7.4. inspections and examinations (types and scope thereof) required prior to issuing the veterinary (health) certificate.

8. The official veterinarian who completes and issues the veterinary (health) certificate shall certify the following with his or her signature and seal:

8.1. information the veracity of which has been ascertained and that can be verified by him or her;

8.2. fully completed veterinary (health) certificate;

8.3. the veterinary (health) certificate for animals or products of animal origin which have undergone the necessary inspections and examinations.

9. In the case referred to in Paragraph 8 of this Regulation the official veterinarian shall certify the veterinary (health) certificate with a seal and signature if the information necessary for completing it or the results of inspections or examinations:

9.1. have been obtained by himself or herself;

9.2. have been provided by another official veterinarian or a person who pursuant to the authorisation of the Service has the right to issue documents containing the abovementioned information and who is acting under the supervision of the official veterinarian;

9.3. have been provided by a competent veterinary authority of another Member State;

9.4. have been obtained on the basis of the State monitoring programmes referred to in veterinary laws and regulations.

10. The Service shall establish a common procedure for issuing the veterinary (health) certificates and for storage of copies thereof, ensuring thus the traceability of their issuance.

11. A control system has been established within the Service in order to prevent the drawing up, issuing, and use of forged or misleading veterinary (health) certificates.

12. In cases where forged or misleading veterinary (health) certificates are discovered, the Service shall conduct the respective inspection or internal investigation. Within the scope of these measures, the official veterinarian who has issued the veterinary (health) certificate may be temporarily removed from office for the duration of the inspection or internal investigation.

13. If in the course of the investigation or inspection referred to in Paragraph 12 of this Regulation the Service establishes that:

13.1. the official veterinarian has intentionally indicated false information in the veterinary (health) certificate, the Service shall take measures to prevent reoccurrence of such offence;

13.2. the person has intentionally provided false information or has made corrections to the veterinary (health) certificate, the Service may refuse to issue the veterinary (health) certificate to this person in future.

III. General Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation of Food Products of Animal Origin

14. It is permitted to obtain food products of animal origin from animals which conform to the following requirements:

14.1. their state of health is appropriate for obtaining food products in accordance with the requirements laid down in the laws and regulations regarding handling of food;

14.2. animals come from a holding or an establishment located in the territory of the country or in a part of its territory for which no prohibition or restriction has been determined on animal health grounds in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding handling of food.

15. It is permitted to obtain meat and meat products from animals which conform to the following additional requirements:

15.1. they have been slaughtered in a slaughterhouse where no infectious animal diseases have been established and there is also no suspicion of an infectious animal disease;

15.2. no grounds have been established in the post-mortem inspection for suspicions of the presence of agents causing an infectious disease and the presence of agents causing an infectious disease has not been detected in the samples taken for laboratory investigation.

16. The Service can authorise the circulation of such food products of animal origin which do not conform to the requirement specified in Sub-paragraph 14.2 of this Regulation if the respective products:

16.1. have been obtained from animals in the holding of origin whereof no infectious animal diseases have been established and there is also no suspicion of an infectious animal disease;

16.2. have been obtained, treated, transported, and stored separately from other food products of animal origin conforming to the requirements laid down in the laws and regulations regarding animal health or the abovementioned actions have been conducted with them at another time;

16.3. have been treated by using the method which ensures the destruction of the agents of an animal infectious disease detected in the territory or part thereof subject to a prohibition or restriction. The processing has been conducted in an establishment which has been approved by the Service for conducting such actions;

16.4. are labelled and clearly identifiable.

17. In the case referred to in Paragraph 16 of this Regulation food products of animal origin are removed from the territory subject to a prohibition or restriction in accordance with the laws and regulations which prescribe the procedures for the combating and threat prevention of particularly dangerous disease (epizootic) outbreaks.

18. Fresh meat, milk, and dairy products which conform to the requirements laid down in Paragraph 16 of this Regulation shall be treated in accordance with Annex 2 to this Regulation.

19. Fresh meat which conforms to the requirements laid down in Paragraph 16 of this Regulation and which has undergone the post-mortem inspection shall be marked in compliance with the following conditions:

19.1. requirements laid down in Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption;

19.2. the health mark is covered by a diagonal cross consisting of two straight lines with the point of intersection in the centre of the marking and the information thereon remains legible;

19.3. the health mark contains the authorisation number assigned by the Service to the veterinarian who conducted the post-mortem inspection of the animal. This requirement shall not apply to fresh meat obtained in Latvia and intended for distribution in the local market.

20. Food products from aquaculture animals are obtained, treated, processed, and distributed in compliance with the requirements and procedures laid down in the laws and regulations regarding veterinary requirements for aquaculture animals, products derived from them and for the circulation thereof and also for prevention and combating of infectious diseases of separate aquaculture animals.

21. It is permitted to import food products of animal origin into Latvia from third countries or parts of their territory wherefrom the European Commission has authorised to import the respective products.

IV. Closing Provision

22. The following Regulations are repealed:

22.1. Cabinet Regulation No. 677 of 6 September 2005, Regulations Regarding the Circulation of Animal Products and Food Products of Animal Origin and the Procedures for Issuing Veterinary (Health) Certificates (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2005, No. 144);

22.2. Cabinet Regulation No. 327 of 13 May 2008, Procedures for Issuing Veterinary (Health) Certificates for Animal Products and Products of Animal Origin (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2008, No. 76).

Informative Reference to European Union Directives

This Regulation contains legal norms arising from:

1) Council Directive 2002/99/EC of 16 December 2002 laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption;

2) Council Directive 96/93/EC of 17 December 1996 on the certification of animals and animal products.

Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development and
Local Government V. Dombrovskis

Minister for Agriculture J. Dūklavs

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 1121
14 December 2010

Laws and Regulations Governing the Field of the Circulation of Animals and Products of Animal Origin

[4 February 2014]

No. Animals, their semen, ova, and embryos or products of animal origin Law or regulation
1. Bovine animals and swine Cabinet Regulation No. 1647 of 22 December 2009, Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation of Bovine Animals and Swine
2. Bovine semen Cabinet Regulation No. 529 of 27 June 2006, Veterinary Requirements for Trade of Bovine Semen in Member States of the European Union and Import from Third Countries
3. Bovine ova and embryos Cabinet Regulation No. 818 of 31 August 2010, Regulations Regarding Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation of Bovine, Swine, Sheep, Caprine, and Equine Embryo and Ova and Equine, Sheep and Caprine Semen and also the Procedures for Registration of Embryo Transplantation Establishments, Semen Preparation Centres and Semen Storage Centres (hereinafter - Cabinet Regulation No. 818)
4. Porcine semen Cabinet Regulation No. 235 of 28 March 2006, Veterinary Requirements for Trade of Semen of Porcine Species in other Member States of the European Union and Import from Third Countries and also the Procedures for Registration of a Centre for Preparation of Animal Semen of Domestic Porcine Species
5. Swine ova and embryos Cabinet Regulation No. 818
6. Sheep and goats Cabinet Regulation No. 206 of 30 March 2004, Regulations Regarding Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation of Sheep and Goats
7. Sheep and caprine embryos and ova and semen of billygoats and rams Cabinet Regulation No. 818
8. Equine animals Cabinet Regulation No. 145 of 18 March 2004, Regulations Regarding Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation and Import of Horses from Third Countries
9. Ova, embryos and semen of equine animals Cabinet Regulation No. 818
10. Poultry and hatching eggs Cabinet Regulation No. 844 of 13 October 2008, Procedures for the Circulation of Poultry and Hatching Eggs
11. Aquaculture animals and products derived from them Cabinet Regulation No. 400 of 2 June 2008, Veterinary Requirements for Aquaculture Animals, Products Derived from Them and for the Circulation Thereof and also Prevention and Combating of Infectious Diseases of Separate Aquaculture Animals
12. Other animals Regulation No. 34 of 12 January 2010, Veterinary Requirements for the Circulation of Animals not Referred to in Other Laws and Regulations Regarding Veterinary Control
13. All groups of animals 1) Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1255/97;

2) Cabinet Regulation No. 322 of 18 June 2013, Animal Transport Regulations

14. Food products of animal origin 1) Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin;

2) Cabinet Regulation No. 1325 of 17 November 2009, Regulations Regarding Veterinary Requirements for Products of Animal Origin for Human Consumption, Import Thereof into Latvia and Trade between Member States of the European Union

15. Animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption 1) Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 (Animal by-products Regulation);

2) Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 of 25 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and implementing Council Directive 97/78/EC as regards certain samples and items exempt from veterinary checks at the border under that Directive

Minister for Agriculture J. Dūklavs

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 1121
14 December 2010

Processing of Food Products of Animal Origin

[4 February 2014]

No. Type of processing of food products of animal origin Infectious disease
foot-and-mouth disease classical swine fever swine vesicular disease African swine fever rinderpest Newcastle disease avian influenza peste des petits ruminants
Meat processing
Processing of fresh meat1
1. Heat treatment in a hermetically sealed container with F0 value 3.00 or more2 + + + + + + + +
2. Heat treatment at a minimum temperature of 70 °C in which the internal temperature of the product is raised to at least 70 °C + + + 0 + + + +
3. Complete treatment of de-boned and defatted meat during which the internal temperature of the product is raised to at least 70 °C and is retained for at least 30 minutes + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Heat treatment at a minimum temperature of 80 °C. During the treatment the internal temperature of the product is raised to at least 80 °C + + + + + + + +
5. Heat treatment in a hermetically sealed container at a minimum temperature of 60 °C. The duration of the heat treatment is not less than 4 hours and at least for 30 minutes the internal temperature of the product is raised to at least 70 °C + + + + + - - +
6. De-boned meat - natural fermentation and maturation of at least nine months after which water activity of the product (aw) does not exceed 0.93 or reaction of medium (pH) does not exceed 6.0 + + + + + 0 0 0
7. Bone-in meat - natural fermentation and maturation of at least nine months after which water activity of the product (aw) does not exceed 0.93 or reaction of medium (pH) does not exceed 6.01 + + + 0 0 0 0 0
8. Salami - treatment criteria are determined by the European Commission + + + 0 + 0 0 0
9. Ham and tenderloin - treatment involving natural fermentation and maturation (at least 190 days for ham and 140 days for tenderloin) 0 0 0 + 0 0 0 0
10. Heat treatment during which the internal temperature of the product is raised to at least 65 °C. The temperature is reached in the period required to ensure pasteurisation value (pv) which is equivalent to or exceeds 40 °C pasteurisation units + 0 0 0 0 0 0 +
Milk treatment
Milk and dairy products (including cream)
11. Ultra-heat-treated at a minimum temperature of 132 °C at least for one second + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. High-temperature short-time pasteurisation (if the milk has a pH of less than 7.0) + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Double high-temperature short-time pasteurisation (if the milk has a pH of 7.0 or more than 7.0) + 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Notes.
1. 1 Taking of appropriate safety measures to prevent the risk of product contamination.
2. 2 An F0 value is characterised by the treatment effect which prevents the formation of bacterial spores. An F0 value of 3.00 means that the coldest point in the product has been treated sufficiently to achieve the same killing effect as when treating the product at 121 °C for three minutes with instantaneous heating and chilling.
3. + - efficiency ensured.
4. 0 - efficiency not ensured.


Translation © 2020 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 1121Adoption: 14.12.2010.Entry into force: 18.12.2010.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 200, 17.12.2010.
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