FSIS reaffirms equivalence of China's poultry processing system

USDA has reaffirmed the equivalance of the food safety inspection system for processed poultry in China.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) reaffirmed Aug. 30 the equivalence of the food safety inspection system for processed poultry in the People's Republic of China (PRC), which was originally established in 2006. This will enable the PRC to certify plants to export processed poultry product to the U.S.

Additional information on this topic may be found on at FSIS website, including:

* Poultry Processing Inspection System Audit Report for the People’s Republic of China

* Frequently Asked Questions

While PRC received approval to export processed poultry products to the U.S., FSIS said the raw poultry used for these products must originate in the U.S. or Canada.

As of this announcement, no companies in PRC are certified to export processed poultry to the U.S., FSIS emphasized.

FSIS is currently auditing PRC's slaughter inspection system. At this time, no chickens raised or slaughtered in PRC can be shipped to the U.S.

FSIS utilizes a comprehensive, three-part system for both establishing initial equivalence and ensuring the ongoing equivalence of countries that export regulated products to the U.S. A foreign country's inspection system must ensure that establishments preparing poultry products for import into the U.S. comply with requirements equivalent to those in the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and in FSIS regulations. Once a country's inspection system is granted equivalence, FSIS conducts periodic verification reviews and audits of exporting establishments. In addition, products undergo re-inspection at U.S. ports-of-entry to check for proper certification, labeling, transportation damage and general condition. Selected shipments are subject to additional re-inspection procedures, including examinations for product defects and laboratory analyses to detect harmful chemical residues or pathogen testing appropriate for the products. FSIS performs increased import re-inspection activities for countries that are beginning to export product to the U.S.

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