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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Meat, Poultry and Egg Products

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is inviting comments through April 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 by 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.

- Import establishments that wish to pre-stamp imported product with the inspection legend before FSIS inspection is complete must submit a letter to FSIS that explains and requests approval for this procedure.

- Unless accounted for in an establishment's hazard analysis and critical control point plan, 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 FSIS Form 7350-1, which identifies the type, amount and weight of the product.

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