U.S. Moves Toward Allowing Imports of Poultry from Poland
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to add Poland to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States after tentatively concluding that Poland’s poultry laws, regulations and inspection system (slaughter and processing) are equivalent to those of the U.S. Comments on this proposal are due by June 20.
Should this rule become final, Poland would be eligible to export raw, ready-to-eat, and thermally processed commercially sterile (canned) poultry products processed in certified Polish establishments to the U.S. Such products would also have to comply with the certification statements required by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for poultry product imports to address animal health issues. APHIS has recognized Poland as part of the European Union Poultry Trade Region and considers it to not be affected with either highly pathogenic avian influenza or Newcastle disease.
FSIS notes that while it has found Poland eligible to export all poultry and poultry products to the U.S., Poland has currently elected to only certify chicken establishments for export to the U.S. To export turkey or goose products, Poland would need to notify FSIS and certify any new establishments.
FSIS states that if this proposed rule is adopted all slaughtered poultry or parts and products thereof that are exported to the U.S. from Poland would be subject to re-inspection at U.S. ports of entry for transportation damage, product and container defects, labeling, proper certification, general condition, accurate count, etc.