End of EU Transition - Changes from 1 January

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) are updating businesses about the changes which will need to be made to health and identification (ID) marks on certain food products after the UK leaves the EU.

Guidance on the health and ID marks that must be applied to products of animal origin (POAO), such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk, after the end of the EU Transition Period at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

Health and ID marks are the oval marks that must be applied to certain food POAO to confirm they have been produced in a United Kingdom approved establishment, inspected by the competent authority where necessary, and are fit for human consumption.

The current 'UK/EC' health and identification marks applied to POAO produced in the UK must be used until the end of the Transition Period (11pm GMT on 31 December 2020). From then onwards new health and ID marks must be used for POAO produced and placed on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland or exported outside of the UK. 

The full FSA guidance for health and identification marks that applies from 1 January 2021 can be found at their website. You can also find general guidance on health and identification marks 

The FSA also give direction on the use of existing stock with the 'UK/EC' identification mark on the Great Britain and Northern Ireland markets, and how to format the marks with examples provided. The government recommends use of the full country code 'United Kingdom' where it is practical.

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Page last updated: 27 Nov 2020