Importing composite products

Commission Decision 2007/275/EC defines a composite product as a foodstuff intended for human consumption that contains both processed products of animal origin and products of plant origin, examples of composite products include cheese and pepperoni pizza, salmon and broccoli quiche, mayonnaise (made with pasteurised egg).

A composite product will require a health certificate and will be subject to veterinary checks at a Border Control Post if it contains:

  • a processed meat ingredient
  • dairy, unless the dairy content is less than 50% and the product meets the requirement for the derogation or exemption in Article 6(1) of Commission Decision 2007/275
  • 50% or more of any one food of animal origin ingredient (other than meat or dairy)

Composite products subject to veterinary checks  must give at least 24 hours notice prior to the arrival of the consignment at the Border Control Post. They must be accompanied by a composite product health certificate.  Further information on importing composite foods is available on the DAFM website.

The FSAI have developed a short Brexit mini-bite on importing composite products that includes interactive exercises to help you in determining:

  • If food a composite product or not?
  • If your composite product needs a health certificate or not?



Last reviewed: 19/2/2021

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