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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 27 of 2

MINISTRY OF HEALTHFOOD CONTROL  

TEL AVIV

IMPORTATION OF FOOD PRODUCTS

Applications to import food products will be accepted by mail only, addressed to the Ministry of Health, Food Control Administration, 14 Ha’arba’a St., Tel Aviv 61203.

The Food Control Administration will answer to importers’ questions by telephone only between 9:00 and 12:00 on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For imported food products and following items must be submitted to the Food Control Administration:

1. A photograph of a sample package as sold abroad.

2.  Results of laboratory analysis in two copies:

a. Products for which an Official Standard or legal order exists.

Laboratory results must conform with the specifications of the Official Israel Standard or order.

b. Products for which there is no Official Standard or order.

Laboratory findings must conform with existing relevant general standards.

For example: the Official Standards for processed fruit or vegetables.

General Standards are:

IS 136 -tin cans

IS 143 -fruit or vegetable products preserved by heat treatment

IS 926 - fruit or vegetable products preserved with preservatives

Where a general standard for the product does not exist, laboratory findings must be produced in accordance with the composition of the product, including chemical and microbiological analyses.

The findings of the processor’s plant laboratory must refer to the production date of the production date of the product, and the analysis date must not be more than six months earlier than the date of submission of the application.

Supplementary analyses will be requested, where required.

In principle, the findings from either the plant laboratory abroad or a food laboratory in Israel may be submitted.

c.

For preserved food products with low acidity, i.e. pH 4.6 or higher, and with water activity (aw) of more than 0.85, a document detailing the production process must be produced (see Annex 4 attached).

3.  Food supplements: vitamins, minerals and herbs.

UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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