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Information Collections on Meat and Poultry Recalls, Fish Import Restrictions Under Review

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Meat and Poultry Recalls. The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is inviting comments through July 13 on the proposed extension without change of the information collection regarding voluntary recalls from commerce of meat and poultry products.

A firm that has produced or imported meat or poultry product that is adulterated or misbranded and has distributed it in commerce may voluntarily recall the product in question. When there is a recall, FSIS asks that the recalling firm (e.g., a manufacturer, distributor or importer of record) provide it with some basic information, including the identity of the recalled product, the reason for the recall and information about the distributors and retail consignees to whom the product was actually shipped.

When a firm voluntarily recalls a product, FSIS conducts recall effectiveness checks. If the recall is to the retail or consumer level, FSIS contacts the distributors and actual retail consignees to ensure that they were notified of the recall, verify the amount of product they received and confirm that they are removing the product from commerce and returning it to the recalling firm or otherwise disposing of the product.

Fish Import Restrictions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting through July 13 comments on an information collection concerning fishery products subject to trade restrictions pursuant to certification under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act. Under this law, if certain fish or fish products of a nation are subject to import prohibitions to facilitate enforcement, other fish or fish products from that nation that are not subject to the import prohibitions must be accompanied by documentation of admissibility. A duly authorized official or agent of the applicant's government must certify that the fish in the shipments being imported into the U.S. are of a species that is not subject to an import restriction of the U.S. If a nation is identified under the Moratorium Protection Act and fails to receive a certification decision from the Department of Commerce, products from that nation that are not subject to the import prohibitions must be accompanied by the documentation of admissibility.

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