The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted the final report for a systems audit of the U.S. meat and poultry industry conducted by CFIA in 2013. The audit included eight slaughter facilities (three beef, two pork, and three poultry), as well as four ready-to-eat (RTE) processing facilities. The report shows that FSIS’s food safety system is performing in an adequate manner and no establishments were delisted due to findings from the audit. The report also includes details of each point of concern raised by CFIA, but most of these concerns were addressed through government-to-government discussions.
Audit findings and requested corrective actions that still need to be addressed between the countries are discussed in Sections 8.1, 8.2, and 8.4 of the report. USMEF and other trade associations are currently working with the U.S. industry to provide feedback on USDA’s proposed measures to address these findings. Details of any subsequent changes to the export requirements for Canada will be provided as they become available. If you have any questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.