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U.S. to Allow Beef Imports from Namibia

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has added Namibia to the list of countries whose meat inspection system is equivalent to the system the U.S. has established under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and its implementing regulations. As a result, effective Sept. 12 Namibia will be eligible to export to the U.S. boneless (not ground) raw beef products such as primal cuts, chuck, blade and beef trimmings processed in certified Namibian establishments. Because FSIS only assessed Namibia’s meat inspection system with respect to these products, the country would need to submit additional information before FSIS could allow the exportation to the U.S. of other beef products or products from other types of livestock.

FSIS notes that all Namibian products exported to the U.S. will be subject to reinspection at U.S. ports of entry for transportation damage, product and container defects, labeling, proper certification, general condition and accurate count.

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