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FVO OKs Polish plant import controls

Poland has a trustworthy import control system for plants, the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) says. The competent authority, the SPSHIS, has “great assets”, such as its: training of staff; internal communication system; high proportion of consignments that are physically checked; and accuracy in each plant health check. The imports of banned materials for scientific purpose are under reliable control, the FVO adds. The Office made three recommendations, which the Polish authorities have answered. The revision of national legislation will address the advance notice to the customs office of the imminent arrival of consignments. A reminder to another authority’s inspectors has been sent to budget for improvements to access to adequate destruction and sampling facilities at all border inspection points. Finally, the Polish authorities launched a system in 2007 to speed up notification of “interceptions”. Border import inspectors notify an EU database, Europhyt, and the information is verified by national inspection service. The FVO wants notifications within two working days. .

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