Background

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a final rule amending its regulations effective Dec. 27 to remove lists of foreign countries eligible to export meat, poultry, and egg products to the U.S. Instead, FSIS will maintain a single list of eligible foreign countries on its website.

FSIS notes that the criteria that it uses to evaluate whether a foreign country is eligible to export meat, poultry, or egg products has not changed. The final rule will allow the agency to more efficiently and clearly communicate equivalence determinations by maintaining a single list of exporting countries on its website, rather than maintaining one list on the website and outdated lists in the codified regulations. In addition, the agency is amending its regulations to remove references to the lists.

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