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Port Health Services Objectives

This Unit is responsible for the control of the importation of all imported foodstuffs including:

  • Meats (including beef, pork, lamb, poultry and game) and meat products.

  • Fish and fish products.

  • Fresh and live molluscs and crustacea.

  • Eggs and egg products.

  • Milk and milk products.

  • Raw cereals, legumes and grains.

  • Nuts and dried fruits.

  • Mineral waters (table and gaseous).

  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

  • Chilled, frozen, fresh and dried fruits and vegetables.

  • Herbs, spices and condiments.

  • Food additives and food processing aids.

  • Food supplements, herbal and homeopathic preparations, dietetic foods and energy drinks.

  • Other processed foodstuffs.

Importation of products of animal origin is the responsibility of the Food and Veterinary Directorate within the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs.

The control of the importation of all imported medical products, including:

  • Pharmaceuticals for human use

  • Pharmaceuticals for animal use

  • Psychotropic and narcotic substances for human and animal use

  • Medical devices

This Unit is also responsible for the control on the importation of other products including:

  • Tobacco and tobacco products.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Inspections of retail outlets at Malta International Airport, Malta Freeport and Sea Passenger Terminal

  • Processing of complaints at Malta International Airport, Malta Freeport and Sea Passenger Terminal

  • Monitoring of Potable Water supplies at above mentioned localities

  • Issuing of health certificates with respect to foodstuffs.

  • Control of export of psychotropic substances.

  • The issuing of Ship Sanitation Certificates.

  • The inspection and certification in connection with the licensing of harbour vessels and pleasure boats.

  • The inspection and certification in connection with the licensing of imported refrigerated vehicles.

  • Supervision in connection with the certification and destruction of imported foods found unfit for human consumption.

  • Supervision in connection with the repatriation of human remains.

  • Inspections of certain consignments of imported foodstuffs.