The Federal Sanitary Inspection at the Border Crossing/Customs Clearance Point (GP/MC) Rajlovac – Sarajevo today prohibited the import of a shipment of 1,596 pieces of Prime Ice Pop Hydration originating from Great Britain due to non-fulfillment of the conditions for import.
Namely, in the process of inspection supervision over the import of foodstuffs and food whose customs clearance is carried out at MC Rajlovac – Sarajevo, samples of the controlled product were taken, the laboratory analysis of which determined that the content of the product does not correspond to the information given to the end consumer, including the data on the declaration and information in connection with avoiding the consumption of specific ingredients that have a harmful effect on human health.
“Furthermore, it was determined that the sample was incompletely and improperly declared, which is contrary to Article 6 of the Law on the Healthiness of Foodstuffs and Items of General Use (‘Official Gazette of the SFRY’, number: 53/1991), and Articles 12, 13, 18 and 20 of the Law on Food, and as such a shipment cannot be imported or put into circulation. Also, the tested sample of PRIME ICE POP HYDRATION 500 ml DOES NOT COMPLY with Article 15, point 1 and Article 17, of the Rulebook on providing information to consumers about food (‘Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina’, number 68/13)”, the inspection states.
Accordingly, and according to Article 26, paragraph 4 and 5 of the Law on the Healthiness of Foodstuffs and Items of General Use, the import of unhealthily unsound foodstuff and items of general use is prohibited and ordered to be returned to the sender, or destroyed if return to the sender is not possible.
The Brčko District Inspectorate controlled the drink “Prime” and during the controls no products containing caffeine or L-theanine were found, the presence of which is not allowed in soft drinks, confirmed the Chief Inspector of the Brčko District Inspectorate, Zoran Gajić.
“We continue with this control of ‘Prime’ products with energy additives, which are prohibited in the European Union, and they must be properly declared,” said Gajić.
During food control, inspectors found confectionery products on the Brčko District market this year that were properly declared, but changed their properties in terms of application, which is why they were withdrawn from circulation and returned to the supplier. Their total value was about 40 thousand marks.
According to the plan, the Brčko District Inspectorate performs about 20 inspections of food and items used for food production per month.
In those controls, the most common irregularities found concern employees who are in contact with food, and who did not have a sanitary inspection.
Gajić said that the inspectors ordered certain measures, and three misdemeanor orders were issued to entities that did not carry out the ordered measures.