New import controls on guar gum and guar gum products from India

20 April 2010

In response to ongoing concerns about the high levels of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and dioxins in certain batches of guar gum found in Indian guar gum, the European Commission has published Regulation No. 258/2010 introducing new rules for these imports.

Which products are affected?

The Regulation is concerned with guar gum falling within CN code 1302.32.90:

‘Mucilages and thickeners, whether or not modified, derived from vegetable products: Mucilages and thickeners, whether or not modified, derived from locust beans, locust bean seeds or guar seeds: Of guar seeds’

The Regulation also covers products that contain at least 10% guar gum originating or consigned from India and intended for animal or human consumption.

What are the new rules?

All consignments of guar gum or products containing guar gum will require:

• A Health Certificate issued by the Indian authorities. A copy of the certificate can be seen here in the Annex of the regulation.

• An Analytical Report completed by an accredited laboratory.

Both documents are to be signed by an authorised representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India. HMRC will not release the products to free circulation unless the official controls have been carried out and that the result of such controls is favourable.

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