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USDA Expands Export Certifications to Processed Eggs and Egg Products

Friday, April 05, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture announced April 3 that in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration it has developed a program to certify processed eggs and egg products for export. “A number of countries around the world have asked for certification for egg-containing products,” said Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Suzanne Heinen, and the new program “provides a means for U.S. exporters to access previously untapped markets.”

Under this program USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which has years of experience certifying eggs for export, will also certify a wide range of products containing eggs, including omelets, frozen egg patties, crepes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise and food containing egg extracts. Once the AMS verifies that a company meets the established certification requirements that company will be listed as eligible for export by product and country. An eligible company would contact AMS for an export certificate covering accepted product and identify the foreign country. Certificates and verifications will be completed by AMS on a fee basis.

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