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Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping

Competent Authority Seafood

COMPETENT AUTHORITY SEAFOOD
 
The Competent Authority Seafood is a public body under the aegis of the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping and is responsible for the verification and certification of fish and fish products for export primarily to Member States of the European Union (EU) as well as to non-EU countries. The main activities of the Competent Authority Seafood include: 

·     Registration of fish business operators (FBO’s) (processing plants, cold stores, aquaculture farms, freezing vessels and exporters) involved directly or indirectly in the export of fish and fish products from Mauritius;
·      Issue of export health certificates for all consignments of fish and fish products according to the importing country’s certification requirements;
·      Inspection of all consignments of fish and fish products for compliance prior to export;
·      Official audits, routine/follow-up/unannounced inspections of approved facilities for verification of compliance with national legislation and importing countries' requirements;
·      Inspection of fishing vessels providing raw material to processing plants prior to departure for fishing campaign;
·      Inspection of landing sites for whole brine-frozen tuna and pelagic/demersal fish;
·      Inspection and random organoleptic evaluation of all fish and fish products imported for further processing before re-export;
·      Sampling of water, ice, fish and fish products (including aquaculture) products for analysis in a designated laboratory; and
·      Preparation of a national residue monitoring plan for aquaculture products for approval by the Health and Consumers Directorate-General of the European Commission (DG SANTE)
·      Inspection and control of live ornamental fish for pets and live aquatic animals for aquaculture development.
 
A list of EU-approved establishments in Mauritius is available on the website of the DG SANTE (http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/index_en.htm).
The European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) carries out regular inspections in Mauritius to assure whether effective control systems are in place at the Competent Authority Seafood and to evaluate compliance with EU legislation. The FVO inspection reports are available on the website of the DG SANCO (http://ec.europa.eu/food/fvo/ir_search_en.cfm).
 
New operators willing to export fish (including live fish), fish products and animal by-products (fish meal, fish oil, aquaculture feed) to Member States of the European Union or to non-EU countries should contact the Officer-in-Charge of the Competent Authority Seafood:
Contact Details:
Officer-in-Charge
Competent Authority Seafood
Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources ,Fisheries and Shipping
4th Floor, Trade and Marketing Centre
Mer Rouge
Tel: 2062812/15
Fax: 2162293
 
Additional information on requirements for export of fish, fish products and animal by-products to the European Union can be obtained on the following websites:
The Food Safety website of DG Health & Consumer Protection:
 
Detailed information on import conditions for animals and animal products:
 
Key questions on the new rules on food hygiene and official food controls:
 
EU import conditions for seafood and other fishery products
 
As from April 2009, export health certificates for consignments of fish and fish products to the European Union are issued on the TRACES online certification system (Trade Control and Expert System). TRACES incorporates the nomenclature code, currently used by the World Customs Organisation, so that it can interact with other systems around the world. For more information about TRACES, please see:
 

 

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