NEWS: Maximum Levels of Mercury in Fish/Seafood Exports Destined for the EU

News from AAFC Market Access Secretariat

Please be aware the European Union has notified the World Trade Organization that they intend to reduce the maximum levels permitted for mercury found in certain types of fish, seafood, food supplements and salt. You can familiarize yourself with the changes by following the links below:

Draft Commission Regulation (EU) amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of mercury in fish and salt (Text with EEA relevance).

Description of content: The draft Regulation lowers existing maximum levels for mercury in cephalopods, marine gastropods and muscle meat of certain fish species, for which EU MLs are currently established under Regulation (EC) No 629/2008 and Regulation (EU) No 420/2011, and it establishes a new maximum level for mercury in salt.

As with all WTO notifications, Canada has the opportunity to comment within 60 days of the notification. If you have concerns about G/SPS/N/EU/526, please email by January 28th, 2022 to have your comments taken into account.