Trade within the EU

In most cases trade in the EU means free trade between Member States. However, there are laws that regulate free trade. In some cases, such as for trade in fresh meat from another EU country to Sweden and Finland, there are specific guarantees for salmonella.


All food business operators shall ensure that the company's facility is registered with or authorized by the control authority (municipality). This also applies to those entities that only convey food.

Approved facility

Food of animal origin from other EU countries must come from the premises approved under Regulation (EC) 853/2004.


There are specific requirements for fresh meat and fresh eggs in the case of sampling for Salmonella.


When food importers  import food of animal origin, the rules above (with the exception of Salmonella control) also apply to the country of dispatch. There may be additional rules, such as labelling, so you should get in touch with the authority of the dispatching country for more information.


Norway is regarded as an EU country under the EEA Agreement as regards trade with all kinds of food. Food from EU-approved establishments in Norway do not have to be controlled at the border when they are brought into Sweden or any other EU country.


Iceland is under the EEA Agreement part of the EU common market regarding any animal products. Food of animal origin from EU-approved establishments in Iceland do not have to be controlled at the border when they are brought into Sweden or any other EU country.

Products of animal origin are subject to the same regulations in Iceland as in other EU countries.

Reviewed 2017-02-23