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Effective Date of Foreign Inspection Certificate Requirements for Meat, Poultry and Egg Imports Delayed

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service on Sep. 19, 2014, issued a final rule amending the meat, poultry and egg products import regulations to (1) provide for the Public Health Information System Import Component, (2) delete overly prescriptive formatting and narrative requirements for foreign establishments and inspection certificates, (3) require additional information on such certificates, (4) require official import inspection establishments to comply with sanitation standard operating procedures, (5) remove certain streamlined inspection procedures for products imported from Canada, and (6) modify existing policy regarding imported product reinspection.

While the rule entered into force on Nov. 18, 2014, FSIS will allow countries to continue using existing inspection certificates until March 18, 2015. The agency believes that this action will ensure that foreign countries have sufficient time to adjust to the new requirements for certifying the additional product information on foreign inspection certificates. 

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