Using AHDB Potatoes levy numbers for trace-back

Under current Plant Health legislation there are statutory requirements to mark ware potato packaging with a unique identification number, to enable ‘trace-back’ of potatoes in case of pest or disease problems.

This is a Europe wide single market requirement and failure to show this number can result in rejections of potatoes sent to other member states.

Defra and the Scottish Government have decided not to impose a separate identification scheme, but to accept the Levy Payer numbers issued by AHDB Potatoes for the purpose of compliance.

Growers are advised to ensure that they meet the regulations by showing their Levy Payer numbers on all potato sacks and containers. 

If you are unsure of your levy number please contact the AHDB Levy Team on 0247 669 2051. 

The relevant legislation

  • England – The Plant Health (England) Order 2005
  • Scotland – The Plant Health (Scotland) Order 2005
  • Wales – The Plant Health (Wales) Order 2006
EU plant health legislation reminder from DEFRA and The Scotish Government