The requirements will be mandatory from July 2012 for all companies in Mexico exporting fishery and aquaculture products to the European market.
The announcement was made by the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) based on the information provided by the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris).
The news was communicated to all the fish plants listed as exporters to the EU, to the National Chamber of Fishing and Aquaculture Industries (Canainpesca) and to the Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives.
According to Cofepris´ official document published on February 14, "the following is added in section IV in Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004: Section IV. Requirements for frozen foods of animal origin:"
- The term production date means "the date when the collection or capture, in the case of fishery products, took place; food of animal origin;"
- Until the stage in which food is labelled in accordance with Directive 2000/13/EC, or used for further processing, food business operators must ensure that, in the case of frozen food of animal origin intended for human consumption, the following information is shared with the food business operator to whom the food is supplied and, on request, to the competent authority: production date and the date when the freezing process took place, if that does not match the production date. Where the food has been produced from a batch of raw materials with different production and freezing dates, the earliest production and/or freezing dates should be communicated, as appropriate;
- The frozen food provider can choose the appropriate way in which the information must be transmitted.