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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 29 of 2

All food products imported into Israel must be accompanied by the processor’s laboratory analysis, referring directly to the imported consignment.

All laboratory results must be signed, with the name of the signatory and his position.  The signatory must belong to the laboratory, or be a production or plant manager.

The results of the analysis must refer to the following findings:

Microbiological

Chemical/physical

Product safety, such as:

Pesticides

Heavy metals

color and mycotoxins

Organoleptic

Entomological

All depending on the products and taking into consideration the relevant standard, regulation or order.

All the laboratory results must be submitted to the quarantine station for purposes of clearing the consignment.

In the case of preserved and packaged food products that are coded, a document must be produced from the manufacturer explaining the code, with reference tot he name of the product, manufacturing plant and production date.

For preserved products having low acidity, i.e. pH 4.5 or more, and water activity (aw) of over 0.85, a document detailing the thermal treatment must be produced (see attached annex).

e.  Label in Hebrew

A food product reaching Israel must be labeled in Hebrew, in accordance with the general standard regarding labeling of food products, IS 1145, in addition to any specific standard or regulation relating to the product.

Nutritional labeling of food products in mandatory in Israel, as stated in the Collection of Regulations 5524 dated 25.5.93.

Where an imported food product has received approval for labeling in the importer’s warehouse, as stated in the import license, a Hebrew label that will appear on the product must be presented a the quarantine station.

f.  Confirmation from the manufacturing plant that the materials used for packaging of the food product meet the requirements of the European Community or the FDA in the United States of America.

g.  Document attesting to radiation pollution, where required the import license.

h.  Any other document stated in the "Remarks" item of the import license.

i.  The quarantine station is entitled to analyze the imported food product in a recognized laboratory at the importer’s expense.

STATE OF ISRAEL

UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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