Does SMP in intervention have a use-by date?

Published 21 March 17

After six tenders achieving sales of just 40 tonnes of SMP, the EU Commission were asked if there was a deadline for when product needed to be sold by.

According to the EU Commission, the intervention scheme aims to store SMP for a time span that is unknown at the moment of purchase. Therefore, strict packaging and storage conditions are laid down to ensure products are suitable for long-term storage. This is to maintain a sound, fair and marketable quality until removal from intervention.

In other words, there is no use-by date for the SMP. As a result, there is no particular time pressure for the Commission to clear stocks.