When importing food, you need to know about regulations that apply to specific products and more general rules concerning labelling and additives. Failure to comply could cause delay and require action by the enforcement authorities. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the rules for importing food.

Importers need to be aware of the legislation concerning the import of 'high-risk' products of non-animal origin (Regulation (EC) No 669/2009, as amended) and that for products of non-animal origin contaminated by aflatoxins (Regulation (EC) No 1152/2009). You can find out more information on the 'high-risk' products and aflatoxins pages.

Imports of plastic kitchenware from China and Hong Kong are subject to restrictions under Regulation (EC) 284/2011. You can find out more on the plastic kitchenware page.

Prior to contacting the Agency's Imported Food Helpline, food business operators may wish to register on and check the Agency's Guidance and Regulatory Advice on Import Legislation (GRAIL) database for up-to-date information on imported food legislation and guidance.

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Legislation, advice and guidance for importers

Banned or restricted products

Imported food and enforcement

Contact the imported food team