Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to add Honduras to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States after tentatively concluding that Honduras’ poultry inspection system (slaughter) is equivalent to that of the U.S. Comments on this proposal are due by June 13.

Under this proposal, raw slaughtered poultry or parts thereof produced in certified Honduran establishments would be eligible for export to the U.S. However, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regulations restrict the importation of poultry carcasses, meat, parts or products of carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds or other birds from Honduras because that country is not recognized as free of Newcastle disease. Honduras has requested that APHIS recognized it as ND free and APHIS is conducting a review and evaluation.

FSIS states that if this proposed rule becomes final and APHIS allows Honduras to export raw poultry to the U.S., all slaughtered poultry or parts and products thereof that are exported to the U.S. from Honduras would be subject to re-inspection at U.S. ports of entry for transportation damage, product and container defects, labeling, proper certification, general condition, accurate count, etc.

Should Honduras in the future also express interest in exporting processed poultry product, such as cooked or canned product, to the U.S., it would need to request an equivalence determination, submit additional records for FSIS review and conduct an audit, as appropriate.

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