Trade Facilitation Unit - Cheese (soft)

Cheese – the ripened or un-ripened soft, semi-hard, hard, or extra-hard product, which may be coated, and in which the whey protein/casein ratio does not exceed that of milk;

Import Conditions:

  1. The processing facility must have a HACCP program in place verified by the competent authority;
  2. The facility must be registered under the competent authority in the country where the cheese was produced;

Labeling Requirements:

  1. The cheese shall meet all labelling and other food safety requirements of the Food Safety and Quality Food Regulations.
  2. The cheese shall meet all labelling requirements of the General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods (CODEX STAN 1-1985), the CARICOM Regional Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods, the General Standard for the Use of Dairy Terms (CODEX STAN 206-1999) and the General Standard for Cheese (CXS 283-1978).

Supporting Documents:

  1. Present an export license to Customs from the country of export prior to placement of an order;
  2. A certificate of origin must be produced;
  3. All imported cheese must produce a sanitary/health certificate, signed by a Veterinarian or competent authority that indicates that the processing plant has been inspected;
  4. A declaration that “the cheese is free from contamination and is safe for human consumption”;
  5. Documentation indicating that the exporter is approved (registered) for international trade to The Bahamas by that country’s competent authority.

Shipping Requirements:

  1. Cheese shall be transported under refrigeration temperature
  2. Only single use containers are used to package the cheese.

Quality Standards:

  1. Cheese shall comply with maximum residue levels for heavy metals, pesticides and veterinary drugs as established by Codex Alimentarius;
  2. Cheese shall comply with the maximum levels for contaminants specified in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed (CXS 193- 1995);
  3. Color – cheese color varies from white to yellow.