Products of non-animal origin

Foods imported from outside the European Union are required to comply with the Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations 2009.

Some products that do not contain any dairy or meat (NAO) are also subject to increased levels of checks due to known or emerging problems. These foods are listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) 669/2009 which is updated every three months.

Advance notice

You are required to give one day’s advanced notification to Port Health of high-risk products by submitting Part 1 of the Common Entry Document (CED). 

CEDs can only be submitted via the TRACES system. A copy of the CED and supporting documents (air waybill, invoice and packing list) must be emailed to the Imported Food team or attached to the TRACES entry. 

Further information on the checking of high-risk NAO can be found on the Food Standards Agency website. 


Imports of organic NAO should be notified to the Imported Food Team by email or post.

All food, whether products of animal origin or NAO, which is described as organic, must be cleared by Port Health before it can be cleared by Customs and released.

There is a charge for clearing organic goods, regardless of size.