USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Inedible Products and Meat, Poultry and Egg Products
Inedible Products. The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is accepting comments through July 8 on the proposed extension of an information collection regarding the importation of undenatured inedible meat and egg products. Such products may be imported into the U.S. if they meet the requirements of FSIS's regulations (9 CFR 325.11 (e) and 590.45 (d)). Firms complete FSIS Form 9540-4, Permit Holder-Importation of Undenatured Inedible Product, to import such goods. In addition, foreign governments are to petition FSIS for approval to export undenatured inedible egg products to the U.S.
Meat, Poultry and Egg Products. The FSIS is inviting comments through June 8 on the proposed renewal of an information collection regarding the importation and transportation of meat, poultry and egg products that includes the following.
- Foreign countries that wish to export meat, poultry and egg products to the U.S. must establish eligibility to do so by putting in place inspection systems that are equivalent to that of the U.S. and annually certifying that they continue to do so.
- Meat, poultry and egg products intended for importation into the U.S. must be accompanied by an inspection certificate signed by an official of the foreign government responsible for the inspection and certification of the product.
- Meat and poultry products that do not bear the mark of inspection and that are to be shipped from one official establishment to another for further processing must be transported under USDA seal to prevent such unmarked product from entering into commerce. To track product shipped under seal, FSIS requires the shipping establishment to complete form 7350-1, Request and Notice of Shipment of Sealed Meat/Poultry, which collects the name, number, method of shipping and destination of the product, type and description of the product to be shipped, reason for shipping product, and a signature.