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Denmark Regulations for Fish and Fishery Products

For more information on the general requirements for imports of Bivalve Molluscs, click HERE

As part of the European Union, Denmark refers to the legal framework in force for the food safety regulation in all EU Member States.

The European Union is the world's largest importer of fish and fishery products. In 2015, the EU imported fish and seafood for a value of EUR 25 billion, FAO estimates that this value increased to EUR 27 billion in 2016 and forecasts the same amount for 2017. EU consumers prefer captured fish, which dominate 75% of total consumption, however there is an increasing demand of farmed fish.

In order to export fish to the European market, it is necessary to understand and fulfill the legal requirements that the EU impose on fish imports, and also the additional requirements that buyers in the EU require. The EU seafood safety regulations are numerous as they aim to ensure high safety and quality standards of fishery and aquaculture products entering the EU market. Traceability is also a requirement and not only for food safety reasons but for preventing illegal, unregulated and unreported fish from entering the market. This section outlines the main requirements that need to be met to export fish into the EU market. All the regulations can be found by following the instructions provided at the bottom of the page. 

For more information on country’s trade flows and figures, please open the FAO fishery statistics links on the right frame.

General requirements for imports

Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption

Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules

 

Additives, contaminants, and residues

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 of 19 December 2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs

Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives

 

Microbiological and organic criteria

Council Regulation (EC) No 2406/96 of 26 November 1996 laying down common marketing standards for certain fishery products

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 of 15 November 2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs

 

Traceability

Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy

Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013  on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1184/2006 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 104/2000

 

Labelling and packaging

Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 (Animal by-products Regulation)

Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013  on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1184/2006 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 104/2000

 

By products

Commission Regulation (EU) No 294/2013 of 14 March 2013 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and implementing Council Directive 97/78/EC as regards certain samples and items exempt from veterinary checks at the border under that Directive 

 

How do we find the last consolidated version of the Regulations?

The latest version of the updated laws is available at the following link:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html

 

Last update: 15/06/2017

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