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The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that Lithuania is eligible to export to the U.S. egg products produced on or after Sept. 15 in certified Lithuanian establishments.

The Egg Product Inspection Act prohibits the importation of egg products capable of use as human food unless they were processed under an approved inspection system of the government of the foreign country of origin and are labeled and packaged in accordance with, and otherwise comply with, the standards of the Act and its regulations. FSIS states that it has reviewed Lithuania's laws, regulations, and inspection system and determined that this system is equivalent to that of the U.S.

All egg products exported to the U.S. from Lithuania will be subject to reinspection by FSIS at U.S. points of entry for transportation damage, product and container defects, labeling, proper certification, general condition, accurate count, etc. FSIS also will conduct other types of reinspection activities, such as physical inspection of products to ensure product safety and taking product samples for laboratory analysis to detect any drug or chemical residues or pathogens that may render the product unsafe or other violations that would render the product economically adulterated.

Products that pass reinspection will be stamped with the official mark of inspection and allowed to enter U.S. commerce. If a product does not meet U.S. requirements it will be refused entry and within 45 days will have to be returned to the country of origin, destroyed, or converted to animal food, depending on the violation.

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