Traceability requirements for imported seeds and sprouts

Traceability requirements for imported seeds and sprouts

Selection of seeds

Regulation (EC) 208/2013 lays down provisions relating to the certification of consignment of seeds and sprouts when imported into the European Union.

Consignments of seeds intended for the production of sprouts and sprouts must be accompanied when imported by a certificate.

Certificate details

The certificate must provide the same traceability information required for batches of seeds or sprouts produced, processed and distributed within the Union, that is

  • 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

The FBO importing seeds or sprouts must keep the certificate for a sufficient period of time after the sprouts can be assumed to have been consumed.

All FBOs handling the imported seeds intended for the production of sprouts must provide copies of the certificate to all FBOs to whom seeds are dispatched until the seeds are received by the producer of the sprouts.

Where seeds intended for the production of sprouts are sold packaged at retail, all FBOs handling the imported seeds must provide copies of the certificate to all FBOs to which the seeds are dispatched until they are packaged for retail sale.