Sprouts and seeds intended for sprouting

Sprouts and seeds intended for sprouting

Sunflower seeds

Regulation (EC) 208/2013 lays down provisions relating to the traceability of batches of sprouts and seeds for the production of sprouts.

‘Sprouts’ are the product of germination of seed, harvested before the development of true leaves and which are intended to be eaten whole, including the seed.

Information required

The traceability requirements are that FBOs at all stages of production, processing and distribution must keep the following information of batches of seeds or sprouts is kept on records. The FBO must also ensure this information is given to the FBO to whom the seeds or sprouts are supplied.

  • Accurate description of the seeds or sprouts
  • Volume/quantity supplied
  • Name and address of FBO dispatching the seeds or sprouts
  • Name and address of consigner (owner) if different from the FBO from which the seeds or sprouts are dispatched.
  • Name and address of the FBO to whom the seeds or sprouts are dispatched
  • Name and address of the consignee (owner) if different to whom the seeds or sprouts are dispatched
  • Reference identifying the batch
  • Date of dispatch

‘Batch’ is given a specific definition in the Regulation. It means a quantity of sprouts or seeds with the same taxonomic name which is dispatched from the same establishment to the same destination on the same day. One or more batches can make up a consignment. However, seeds with a different taxonomic name, which are mixed together and intended to be germinated together and sprouts thereof are also considered a batch.

The information must be current and should be updated daily. The information must be kept available for a sufficient time after the sprouts can be reasonably assumed to have been consumed.

The information may be kept on records and transmitted in an appropriate from, provided it is easily retrievable by the FBO to whom the seeds or sprouts have been supplied. The FBO must also provide the information to the competent authority, upon request, without undue delay.