Switch in USDA Agencies Issuing Export Certificates for Food Products with Egg Ingredients
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that as of Nov. 10 it will no longer issue export certificates for Food and Drug Administration-regulated prepared or manufactured food products that contain egg products as an ingredient. The reason for the change is that USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has instituted an export certification program of its own. Under the Processed Egg and Egg Products Export Program, AMS certifies a wide range of foods, including cooked omelets, frozen egg patties, crepes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise and foods containing egg extracts. AMS also performs onsite verification of public health certification statements and issues export certificates on a fee-for-service basis as part of this program.