USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Corn, Carrots, Pasta, Peas
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting through Dec. 1 comments on the proposed three-year extension of information collections associated with the regulations for the importation of the following products.
Baby corn and baby carrots from Zambia. The regulations include requirements for the use of a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Zambia stating that the commodity was inspected and found free of certain pests. APHIS has added inspection of production sites to this information collection.
Pork-filled pasta products. Pork-filled pasta products to be accompanied by a certificate stating that the product has been handled and processed according to the requirements set forth in the regulations. This certificate must be issued and signed by an official of the national government of the region in which the products were processed.
In addition, the processing facility where the products are produced must maintain original records for a minimum of two years for each lot of pork or pork products used. The records must include the date the cooked or dry-cured pork product was received in the processing facility, the lot number or other identification marks, the health certificate that accompanied the cooked or dry-cured pork from the slaughter/processing facility to the meat-filled pasta product processing facility, and the date the pork or pork product used in the pasta either started dry-curing (if the product used is a dry-cured ham) or the date the product was cooked (if the product used is a cooked pork product). The records must also include the number of packages, the number of hams or cooked pork products per package, and the weight of each package.
Further, the operator of a foreign processing establishment must enter into a cooperative service agreement with APHIS stating that (1) the establishment agrees to process pork in accordance with the regulations, (2) the establishment will allow APHIS representatives unannounced entry to inspect its facility, operations and records, and (3) the establishment will pay for the costs of the associated inspections and be current on the payments. Also, any storage room area reserved for pork or pork products eligible for export to the U.S. must, among other things, be marked by signs.
Shelled peas from Kenya. Shipments of peas must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Kenya with an additional declaration stating that the peas have been shelled and washed in accordance with the regulations and have been inspected and found free of certain plant pests.