Fifty Second Report Contents

Instruments of interest

Official Controls, Plant Health, Seeds and Seed Potatoes (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/426)

45.This instrument amends retained EU law to ensure that plant health controls within Great Britain (GB) and between relevant third countries and GB can function effectively. Amongst other changes, this includes amendments to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol; to enable plants, plant products and other objects which pose the highest risk to GB biosecurity to be subject to physical checks and identity checks at the appropriate frequency rate during a transitional period; and to ensure that the import into GB of ware potatoes from Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain are subject to official controls.

46.We have received a submission from Friends of the Earth which raises concerns about a potential change in the approach to quarantine policy and GB regulated non-quarantine pests and about a potential weakening of standards in the procedures for eradicating potential pests and diseases. We are publishing the submission and the response from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which addresses these concerns, on our website.22

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