USDA Clarifies Export Certifications for Meat and Poultry
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has reissued a notice giving inspection program personnel the following instructions for signing the Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness (FSIS Form 9060-5) when the product is labeled “for export” to a country different than the destination country.
IPP are to verify the eligibility of the establishment and product, based on Export Library requirements, to be exported to the country designated on FSIS Form 9060-5. For example, several foreign countries establish special labeling requirements, and labeling statements that meet these requirements must be placed on or within the cartons or packages intended for export, in addition to the information provided in response to U.S. labeling requirements. The primary purpose of the foreign country’s labeling requirements is to make clear that the products have been processed under conditions that meet that country’s import requirements. The additional labeling does not say, nor is it intended to mean, that the consignment may be exported only to the country designated on the label.
Consequently, IPP may issue original or replacement export certification documents for the export of products to a country that is different than the country named on the labels. These products may be exported to (1) the designated country whose name appears on the label, provided that the product meets all pertinent requirements of the country designated on the label, or (2) any other country, provided that the product meets all pertinent requirements to export the product to the designated country.
FSIS notes that before signing certificates IPP are to remind the exporters to work closely with the importer for information regarding eligibility of the product.