The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is requesting comments by Sept. 5 on guidance intended to help U.S. importers, customs brokers, official import inspection establishments, egg products plants, and other interested parties understand and comply with FSIS requirements for importing meat, poultry, and egg products. FSIS encourages interested parties to follow this guidance, which represents current FSIS thinking but will be updated as necessary to reflect comments received and any additional information that becomes available.
Imported meat, poultry, and egg products must originate from eligible countries and from establishments or plants that are certified to export to the U.S. A country becomes eligible following an equivalence determination process completed by FSIS in coordination with the country’s central competent authority. Foreign establishments or plants become eligible when the CCA certifies to FSIS that they meet requirements equivalent to FSIS requirements. All imported shipments of meat, poultry, and egg products must be presented to FSIS for inspection, with certain exceptions.
This guidance summarizes existing requirements and best practices for compliance. It includes information on presenting and documenting shipments, certification, labeling and marking, sampling, testing and hold pending test results, the refused entry process, best practices in supply chain coordination, import inspection exemptions, non-regulated products, and import inspection resources.