Seafood firms urged to register with FSA in case of 'no deal' Brexit

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Dec 2018

Grimsby’s seafood cluster has been urged to take a key first step in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Businesses exporting fish or other products of animal origin to Europe have been asked to provide certain information to the Food Standards Agency by Wednesday, December 12 to ensure that these exports can continue should a withdrawal agreement not be reached.

In a letter to UK-approved food business operators, the FSA indicated that in the event of a no deal Brexit – which they stress they believe is unlikely – the UK would need to apply to be listed by the EU as a ‘third country’ in order to export fish, shellfish and other products of animal origin to the EU. 

Seafish, the industry body, has reminded companies to act, with detail sought on products and consignments, as well as domestic supply.

It warns that failure to respond by the deadline may mean food business operators having to stop exporting products of animal origin until a future revision of the list can be approved by the EU.

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