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FSIS Export Library Updates

August 2016


  • Pork Documentation Requirements Clarified for South Africa — Updates have been posted to the pork documentation requirements for South Africa. The effect of these changes is to clarify that all U.S. pork muscle cuts – not just those excluded from the unrestricted list – can be shipped under the restricted certificate. The list of pork cuts eligible for unrestricted sale has not changed. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Israel Plant List — A veal plant has been added to the eligible plant list for Israel.

  • Eligible Plant Lists for Russia — The following eligible plant lists for Russia have been updated, but the updates do not affect current trade activity. According to FSIS, the changes were made to update contact information for some facilities and to remove others that are no longer in operation:

    Eligible plant list for pork
    Eligible plant list for beef
    Eligible plant list for prepared products

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Cold Storage Facilities List for Beef to Japan — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

  • Australia Plant List — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • More Plant List Updates for Mexico — In addition to the one reported Thursday, more facilities have been added to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Some Labeling Requirements for Japan Now Incorporated by Reference — In the Export Library for Japan, subsections containing meat labeling requirements regarding food additives, “use by” dates and “best before” dates have been removed and replaced by the following:

    Japanese domestic labeling requirements are the responsibility of the importer. Please consult with your importer to ensure that your product meets Japanese domestic labeling requirements. For more information on Japanese labeling laws and requirements, please refer to the Foreign Agricultural Service Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report for Japan as well as the Exporter Guide for Japan.

    The linked GAIN report provides greater detail on the sections removed from the Export Library, and does not change the previous labeling requirements. The report includes more in-depth guidance on food additives, greater detail on product labeling and information on monitoring of chemical residues.

    These changes (which were also made in the poultry labeling section) do not fundamentally change the export requirements for Japan. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Exports to Canary Islands Must Follow EU Requirements — The Export Library for the European Union has been updated to clarify that exports destined for the outermost regions of Spain, including the Canary Islands, must follow EU requirements. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Plant List Updates for South Africa, Mexico — The eligible plant list for South Africa now reflects the addition of a beef plant. A facility has also been added to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Link Restored for EU Eligible Plant List — In the Export Library for the European Union, the link to the list of plants eligible to export to the EU has been restored, but no new establishments have been added to the list. The asterisks on the residue list links are old, so no changes have been made to the residue testing protocols.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Additional Documentation Requirements for Korea — The following has been added to the documentation requirements for all meat and poultry products destined for South Korea:

    Effective August 4, 2016, the Republic of Korea has requested that the original copy of FSIS Form 9060 series be presented to the Quarantine Inspection Agency (QIA) and the quadruplicate copy of FSIS Form 9060 series be presented to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).

    Also, the 9305 series certificates and any letterhead certificates must also be presented in duplicates, with each signed by the FSIS veterinarian.

    Several sections of the Export Library for Korea were amended to reflect these changes. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • U.S. Lamb Eligibility Clarified for Jordan — U.S. lamb and lamb products have been added to the eligible products list for Jordan. Small volumes of U.S. lamb have been exported to Jordan in the past using Form 9060-5, but this library update clarifies its eligibility. Please note that all lamb products must meet Jordan’s slaughter and halal certification requirements.

  • Casings Documentation Requirements Updated for Japan — Several sections of the Export Library for Japan have been updated regarding eligibility and documentation requirements for products made with natural casings. Attestations have been added to the letterhead certificate for natural ovine casings, and the attestations for natural porcine casings have been amended. Please note that non-ruminant origin products utilizing natural pork, beef, lamb and goat casings are eligible for export to Japan, but only in the case of pork can the casings used be of U.S. origin. In order for products made with beef, lamb and goat casings to be eligible, the casings must still be imported from a country other than those listed in the respective sections of the Export Library. Also, there is no longer a letterhead certificate associated with meat products using artificial casings. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Eligible Plant List for Mexico — Several updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

July 2016


  • Clarification on Heat-treated Products for South Africa — We reported in the July 26 Exporter Update that heat-treated products had been added to the ineligible products list for South Africa. A more recent Export Library update simply changes “Heat treated meat and poultry products” to “Heat treated meat and heat treated poultry products.”

    If you have questions or have any product that has been shipped to South Africa under the 9440-5 form, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Pork Documentation Requirements Updated for Peru — As we noted late in the day on Friday in a USMEF Exporter Alert, the Export Library for Peru has been updated with the following requirement for completing the FSIS letterhead certificate for Pork and Pork Products to Peru:

    Note: On the FSIS letterhead certificate, the non-applicable trichinae treatment(s) must be struck through and signed with the full name of the FSIS certifying official beside the strike through, in blue ink.

    This issue originally surfaced July 15, and USMEF advised exporters that Peru’s enforcement of this requirement could cause shipments to be detained. If you have product detained in or en route to Peru, please request an in lieu of certificate with the certifying FSIS inspector’s signature by #7 of the letterhead. This will be necessary to release detained product or prevent possible hold-ups for product about to land. For more information, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Update on EV Program for Beef to Saudi Arabia — We reported on Friday that the Export Verification (EV) Program updates had been posted for beef and beef products destined for Saudi Arabia. While this is the final step required to reopen the Saudi market to U.S. beef, USMEF is seeking clarification on some aspects of the EV program and will provide further guidance as soon as possible. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • U.S. Pork Eligibility Clarified for Lebanon — The list of eligible products included in the Export Library for Lebanon has been updated to include U.S. pork. The United States has exported small volumes of pork to Lebanon in the past, but this library update clarifies its eligibility. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Cold Storage Facilities Update for Japan — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

  • Beef and Beef Products Now Eligible for Export To Saudi Arabia — Today the FSIS Export Library was updated to reflect renewed eligibility of beef and beef products for export to Saudi Arabia. This update also includes the new Export Verification (EV) Program required for beef exports to Saudi Arabia. This is the final step required to reopen this market, which was initially announced by USDA and USTR on July 1. USMEF will review these requirements and provide more details next week. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Chilled Beef Now Eligible for Israel, but with 45-day Expiration — When Israel reopened to U.S. beef earlier this year, eligibility was limited to frozen product. The Export Library for Israel has now been updated to include both frozen beef and fresh/chilled beef, provided that the latter is vacuum-packed and subject to a 45-day expiration period.

    If you have questions about these requirements, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Clarification on PRTs for Singapore — A statement has been added to the pathogen reduction treatment (PRT) requirements for Singapore clarifying that as long as a single product is approved as a part of a blend, it can be used as a standalone treatment (i.e. citric acid is already approved in a blend of lactic acid, citric acid and potassium hydroxide).

    If you have questions about these requirements, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Notice for Exporters Shipping Pork to Peru — Exporters serving Peru should be advised that pork shipments may be detained if the completed pork letterhead does not include the FSIS inspector’s initials by the #7 attestation. As noted in the FSIS Export Library, the non-applicable trichinae treatment(s) should be crossed out in the #7 attestation on the letterhead. However, Peru is now requiring that this section with the cross-out also be initialed by the FSIS inspector, in addition to the signature at the bottom of the page. An update should be added soon to the Export Library for Peru that includes this requirement, and USMEF will report this library update as soon as it is posted.

    If you have a shipment detained for this reason or have further questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant List Update for Australia — The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.

  • Approved Halal Certifiers Updated for UAE — The list of Islamic halal certifiers approved by the United Arab Emirates has been updated. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Documentation Requirements for Sheep Casings Destined for Taiwan — As we reported in April, Taiwan is now open to U.S. lamb and lamb meat products for the first time since 2003. The Export Library for Taiwan has been updated with a new subsection providing documentation instructions for sheep casings:

    For casings of U.S. origin, obtain FSIS Form 9060-7 and FSIS Form 9285-1.
    For imported casings from New Zealand and/or Australia and processed in the U.S. only, obtain FSIS Form 9060-18 and FSIS Form 9285-1.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


June 2016


  • Updated Certificate for Singapore Addresses Date Format Change — We recently reported that the Export Library for Singapore had been updated to require a month/day/year format on carton labels as well as on the revised FSIS Form 9435-1. The month/day/year format replaced the day/month/year format requirement put in place in March, which created concerns for some U.S. exporters.

    In this new library update for Singapore, a further updated version of FSIS Form 9435-1 is now posted that fully incorporates the date format change. Please be sure that you are using the up-to-date version of this form, which is dated 06/06/2016.

    Exporters with questions may email Travis Arp or Paul Clayton, or call 303-623-6328.


  • Mexico Plant List — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • South Africa Plant List — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

  • Lymph Tissue Removal Requirements Amended for Pork to South Africa — As USMEF has previously reported, South African customs officials are applying an “absence of lymph tissue” standard for any U.S. pork cuts designated for unrestricted sale (in other words, all cuts not destined for an approved facility in South Africa for further processing). This resulted in the rejection of some U.S. bone-in and boneless pork butts and boneless picnics in the initial trial shipment of U.S. pork to South Africa.

    The Export Library for South Africa has now been amended to reflect this standard, with the removal of the words “all visible and superficial” from the pork documentation requirements as follows:

    Pork

    For pork cuts on the indicated list of pork products exempt from further processing on arrival in South Africa, obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Raw Frozen Pork Meat (Specified Cuts, Excluding Offal) Exported from the United States of America to South Africa for Unrestricted Sale. Prior to issuance of this certificate, FSIS Inspection Program Personnel must be provided with documentation verifying that all visual and superficial lymph nodes have been removed from the product. This documentation can be provided in the form of plant Quality Assurance/Quality Control checks, manufacturer certification or company attestation, or other acceptable written documentation.

    Note to Exporter: For pork shoulder cuts listed in Annex A in the list of pork products exempt from further processing (above), the shipper/exporter should ensure that all visible and superficial lymph nodes and excessive connective tissues are removed during the fabrication process. The removal of lymph nodes and excessive connective tissues should have minimal impact on the appearance of the cuts.

    No requirements have changed for pork cuts destined for approved facilities in South Africa for further processing.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


May 2016


  • Further Update for Singapore: Corrected Certificate — Further updates have been posted to the Export Library for Singapore with regard to the date format change we reported in yesterday’s Exporter Update.

    The certificates dated 5/26/2016 did not list the new month/day/year format correctly for slaughter/manufacture dates. This has been corrected in the revised FSIS Form 9435-1, which is now dated 5/31/2016. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Date Format Change for Products Destined for Singapore — The export Library for Singapore has been updated to require a month/day/year format on carton labels as well as on the revised FSIS-Form-9435-1. These changes are in effect for any products shipped on or after May 26.

    The month/day/year format replaces the day/month/year format requirement put in place in March, which created concerns for some U.S. exporters. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • South Africa Plant List — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

  • Guidance Language Added to Documentation Requirements for South Africa — In the Export Library for South Africa, an advisory note has been added reminding exporters that the Exporter/Shipper section at the bottom of the letterhead certificate must be completed regardless of the method of shipment. No requirements have changed.

  • Plant List Update for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Stunning Declaration Requirement Removed for St. Kitts — In the Export Library for St. Kitts and Nevis, exporters are required to include statements of compliance in the Remarks section of Form 9060-5. Those statements no longer include the following, which has been removed:

    The cattle from which the fresh meat and meat products destined for export were derived were not subject to a process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas in the cranial cavity, or to a pithing process.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant List Update for Egypt — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Egypt.

  • Facility Name Updated in Pork Plant List for Russia — The eligible pork plant list for Russia has been updated to reflect a cold storage facility name change. No facilities have been added or removed from the list.

  • Bison, Wild Game Not Eligible for Export Certification to Mexico — In the Export Library for Mexico, bison and wild game have been added to the list of products for which export certification cannot be issued. Equine products, including horsemeat, were already listed in this section prior to this update, and remain ineligible for certification to Mexico.

    Exporters with questions may email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Exports to Korea Must Indicate ‘Frozen’ or ‘Chilled’ on Form 9060-5 — The Export Library for South Korea now includes a requirement that the state of refrigeration at the time of certification must be indicated in the “PRODUCT AS LABELED” block of FSIS Form 9060-5. Examples of how to comply with this requirement are detailed in a new section “D” of the Documentation Requirements for South Korea. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Annual Residue Sampling Frequency Updates for EU — The Export Library for the European Union has been updated with the standard, annual revisions to the EU residue sampling frequency for pork, steers/heifers, wild boars and bison.

    Also, a few words of clarification were added to Section XVII. Documentation – List of Required Certificates for the Certificate of Authenticity for Bison (additions are underlined below):

    Note: Bison is not eligible for the high quality beef quota B and only the reference to Regulation (EC) No 593/2013 (quota A) can be added to FSIS Form 9180-3 as described below. FSIS PHVs should not certify bison under the high quality beef quota B, (EC) No 481/2012.


  • Australia Plant List Update — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Metric Weight Labeling Change for Kuwait — The Export Library for Kuwait has included a requirement that all lettering and numbers for unit metric weight must be written in Arabic. Now this information may be written in either Arabic or Latin. No other requirements have changed.

April 2016


  • Cold Storage Facility Add to ‘Not Eligible’ List for China — In the Export Library for China, a cold storage facility has been added to the Plants Not Eligible to Export list. The effective shipping date is on or after April 25.

  • South Africa Plant List Update — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

  • Pork Eligibility Clarified for Republic of Congo — The Export Library for the Republic of Congo has been amended to clarify that U.S. pork and pork products are eligible for this market. Beef and beef products were added to the eligible products list in February.

  • Exports Won’t be Certified for Turkmenistan — In a new Export Library entry for Turkmenistan, FSIS advises that U.S. meat and poultry exports should not be certified until the two countries reach agreement on export procedures. If you have questions about serving this market, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Mexico Plant List Updates — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • EV Program Suspension for Taiwan — An Export Library update for Taiwan reflects temporary suspension of one U.S. establishment’s export verification (EV) program and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) program. Exporters affected by this suspension may also want to review this USDA listing of eligible suppliers. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Plant List Update for Mexico — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated in the FSIS Export Library.

  • Antimicrobial Restrictions Revised for Singapore — In the Feb. 12 Exporter Update, we reported that the Export Library for Singapore had been revised to specify allowable concentration levels for eight antimicrobial agents approved for use on meat and poultry carcasses and cuts destined for Singapore. In this latest update, those concentration requirements have been removed from the library and the agents may once again be used in accordance with FSIS Directive 7120.1.

    Other changes included in this library update:

    • A ninth antimicrobial agent – acidified sodium chlorite – and has been added to the approved list
    • The list of the antimicrobial agents used to include specific pathogen reduction technology (PRT) blends, rather than just the generic product names (i.e. “peroxyacetic acid,” versus “an aqueous blend of peroxyacetic acid, acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and HEDP”). The list is now simplified to use generic names, with the concentration level also removed for each item.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Ban on Wooden Pallets Eased for Waterborne Beef Shipments to Israel — When U.S. beef regained access to Israel earlier this year, the export requirements included a ban on the use of wooden pallets in the processing, packing or storage of meat. This Export Library update specifies that wooden pallets are acceptable for ocean shipments, provided that the pallets meet ISPM 15 international standards.

  • Plant List Update for South Africa — For the second time this week, an update has been posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

March 2016


  • Updated Plant List for Israel — An updated eligible plant list for Israel, which includes one slaughter plant and one cold storage facility, is now posted. This list is also referenced in the Export Library for Israel.

    If you have questions about exporting to Israel, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • EU Updates on Residue Testing for Bison Meat, Weight Documentation Requirements — In the Export Library for the European Union, the instructions for bison residue testing have been updated. FDA will only pay for bison residue samples for bison born and raised in the United States. All samples for U.S.-born-and-raised bison, except for those marked EU_02_BI_DEN, must continue to go to Maxxam Labs in Canada. Samples marked with EU_02_BI_DEN, which only applies to U.S.-born-and-raised bison, will go to the FDA lab in Denver. Imported bison residue samples can be sent to any approved AMS laboratory, but must be arranged and paid for by the slaughter establishment, not FDA. The frequency and scheduling of bison residue testing has not changed.

    A statement has also been added to the Documentation section clarifying that the gross and net weights included in I.20 of the export documentation must be listed in kilograms.

    If you have questions, Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant List Update for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Documents Updated for Pork Destined for South AfricaIn the Export Library for South Africa, the list of imported pork products exempt from further processing requirements has been amended to match the language specified in the Export Library regarding removal of visible lymph nodes and connective tissue. The corresponding pork letterhead certificate has been updated to make the product description boxes larger. No requirements have changed.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Beef Letterhead Update for Dominica — The Export Library for Dominica now includes an updated beef letterhead certificate. No requirements have changed.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • EV Program Suspension Lifted for Japan, Korea — The temporary suspension of an establishment’s export verification (EV) programs and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) programs for Japan and South Korea has been lifted, provided that products are derived from cattle slaughtered on or after Feb. 17.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Imported Products Re-exported to Barbados; Updated Beef Letterhead Certificate — In the Export Library for Barbados, a statement has been added to the eligible products section indicating that any meat or poultry products imported into the United States, but not further processed in the U.S., can be exported to Barbados. New instructions on how to complete export documentation for these products have also been added to the Documentation Requirements section. The beef and beef products letterhead certificate has also been updated, but no requirements (except for the imported products referred to above) have changed.

  • Updated Beef Letterhead Certificate for Nicaragua — The beef and beef products letterhead certificate has been updated for Nicaragua, but no requirements have changed.

  • Plant List Update for South Africa — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

  • Lymph Node Removal Clarified for Pork to South Africa — As we reported Friday, South Africa is now open to U.S. pork. In a further update to the Export Library for South Africa, the Documentation Requirements section now specifies that FSIS Inspection Program Personnel must be provided with documentation verifying that all visible and superficial lymph nodes have been removed from the product (the previous library update included “visual and superficial” in the guidance language for exporters, but not in the actual Documentation Requirements).

    More details on the new pork export requirements for South Africa were included in the Feb. 26 Exporter Update. If you have questions, please contact Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


February 2016


  • Plant List Update for Australia — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for Cayman Islands — Earlier this month, the Export Library for the Cayman Islands was updated to include revisions to the beef and beef products letterhead.

    Today’s update removed the beef and beef products letterhead and indicates that the following statement must be provided in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5:

    The United States complies with the conditions in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE as a country that presents a Negligible Risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

    No other requirements have changed.


  • U.S. Beef Eligibility Clarified for Republic of Congo — U.S. beef and beef products have been added to the eligible products list for Republic of Congo. The U.S. has shipped small volumes of beef to the Republic of Congo for some time, but this library update clarifies its eligibility.

  • Revised Certificate Posted for Taiwan — The Export Library for Taiwan has been updated to reflect the recently revised FSIS Form 9285-1, a Certificate for Export required for all products exported to Taiwan. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Documentation Requirements for Imported Pork Casings Destined for China — New documentation requirements for imported pork casings have been added to the Export Library for China. The new language reads:

    Imported Pork Casings: Obtain FSIS Form 9060-18 – Animal Casings Export Certificate for Countries Requiring Ante-mortem, Post-mortem, and Sound and Clean Statements. Do not place statements or other markings in the “Remarks” of this Form.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant Approval Procedures Clarified for South Africa — The latest Export Library update for South Africa deals primary with poultry, but the “Plants Eligible to Export” section has also been updated for all species. Language has been added to this section to clarify that an updated Grant of Inspection does not automatically change the establishment information on the South Africa approved plant list, and further actions need to be taken to update your establishment in the South Africa approved plant list. Instructions can be found in the FSIS Export Library. If you have questions about gaining approval for export to South Africa, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Correction to Japan EV Program Suspensions — We reported in the Feb. 4 Exporter Update that two establishments’ export verification (EV) programs and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) programs had been temporarily suspended for Japan and South Korea. At that time, the establishment numbers listed in the Export Library for Japan were incorrect, but have now been updated.

  • Cayman Islands: EV Error Corrected, Beef Letterhead and Imported Product Requirements Reinstated — Last week we noted that, in error, the lamb and goat meat export verification (EV) program requirement was removed from the Export Library for the Cayman Islands, and that exporters of lamb and goat meat should continue to follow the EV program and requirements. In this update to the Export Library, the EV program language has been restored.

    In addition, the Documentation Requirements section has been updated to reflect reinstatement of the beef and beef products letterhead. Please note the letterhead should be used instead of placing comments in the Remarks section of the 9060-5.

    Also please note that the language added last week amending how to handle imported meat products has been amended again. Language has been reinserted regarding meat and meat products imported into the U.S. from Australia, New Zealand or Canada and re-exported to the Cayman Islands. If these products have not been subject to further processing in the United States, a copy of the applicable health certificate must accompany the product and the exporter must follow the Export Library’s instructions for completing the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5. If the product has been subject to further processing or if it is canned, boneless meat, no health certificate is required but the exporter still must follow the applicable instructions for completing the Remarks section.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • EV Program Suspensions Posted for Japan and Korea — Export Library updates for Japan and South Korea reflect temporary suspension of two establishments’ export verification (EV) programs and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) programs for these markets. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Australia Plant List Update — A pork processing plant has been added to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Benin Now Fully Open to U.S. Beef — In September, we reported that boneless beef had been added to the eligible products list for Benin. In this Export Library update, the list of eligible products has been expanded to include all U.S. beef and beef products.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Updates for EU Additional Residue Testing Program; High Quality Certification of Bison — The Residue Testing section for the European Union has been updated to amend the list of approved laboratories for EU slaughter plant residue testing. With this update, slaughter plants can now utilize any laboratory for EU residue testing that is listed in the USDA-AMS Export Laboratory list.

    Please note that only laboratories listed as approved for that specific test in the Approval Details column can be utilized. For example, if a slaughter plant needs to submit an EU test sample under Table 1 (pork, steers/heifers, and wild boar) for a beta agonist analysis, only laboratories listed as approved to test for “Beta agonists” can be utilized. Please note that this may result in sub-samples needing to be sent to multiple labs in case that specific laboratory does not perform all of the requested analyses under the EU residue testing program. As stated in the Export Library:

    Each EU approved slaughter establishment must make arrangements with one of the AMS approved laboratories in order to perform analyses included in this testing program. Contact FSIS, Phone (202) 720-0082 or (855) 444-9904, Fax (202) 720-7990, for assistance.

    Samples needing Analysis for Table 2 (bison) are still required to be submitted to FDA. More details on testing for bison destined for the EU can also be found in the Residue Testing section.

    Also please note that the Export Library has been updated to clarify that bison cannot be certified under the EC 481/2012 High Quality Beef quota using FSIS Form 2630-9. The requirements remain the same for certifying bison under the other High Quality quota, EC 593/2013, as stated in the Documentation section.

    If you have questions on any of these changes, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Ractopamine Residue Testing Methods Clarified for Pork Destined for China — In the Export Library for China, language has been added to clarify which ractopamine residue testing methods can be used for pork and pork products destined for China. No export requirements have changed.

    (Please note that a pork processing plant relisting is also marked as new, but this relisting was actually added to the Export Library last month.)


  • Documentation Requirements Updated for Beef Destined for St. Kitts — St. Kitts and Nevis is already fully open to U.S. beef, but the Documentation Requirements section has been updated to reflect the United States’ Negligible Risk status for BSE. Specifically, the beef letterhead certificate has been removed and the statements required for the Remarks section of the 9060-5 for beef have been amended. No export requirements have changed.

  • Kenya Now Open to U.S. Beef — Kenya, which was previously closed to U.S. beef due to BSE, is now open to all U.S. beef and beef products.

    Kenya’s total beef imports peaked in 2014 at 243 mt, mostly from Brazil, valued at about $400,000. In 2015 (through October), imports were about 50 percent below their 2014 pace.


January 2016


  • Documentation Changes for Products Destined for Cayman Islands — The following updates are posted to the Export Library for the Cayman Islands.

    Beef and Beef Products

    We reported earlier this week that the letterhead certificate for beef and beef products to the Cayman Islands had been amended. But please note that as of today, there is no longer a beef letterhead certificate available. Instead, note the three statements that need to be included in the Remarks section of the 9060-5 for beef and beef products destined for the Cayman Islands:

    • The United States complies with the conditions in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE as a country that presents a Negligible Risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
    • The cattle from which the fresh meat and meat products destined for export were derived were not subjected to a stunning process prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity, or to a pithing process.
    • The product was obtained from animals of U.S. origin or from animals and/or products that were legally imported in accordance with U.S. import requirements.

    FSIS informed USMEF that a beef letterhead may again be posted at some point. In the meantime, please follow the current instructions in the export library for exporting beef to the Cayman Islands.

    Products Imported Into the U.S. for Re-Export to the Cayman Islands

    All restrictions related to countries where product could be imported from into the U.S. before processing and/or re-export to the Cayman Islands have been removed. However, please note that additional statements for inclusion in the Remarks section of the 9060-5 for these types of products have been added into the Export Library. These statements vary depending on whether or not the imported product was further processed in the U.S. before re-exporting to the Cayman Islands. These Remarks statements can be found in Section 2 and Section 3 of the Documentation Requirements section. Also please note that if these imported products were not further processed in the U.S. before re-export to the Cayman Islands, the health certificate from the original exporting country must also accompany the product and its FSIS export documentation.

    Lamb and Goat Meat

    Language regarding the lamb and goat meat export verification (EV) program has been removed, but in error. This requirement is still in place. The library will be updated again with this wording in the next few days. Exporters of lamb and goat to the Cayman Islands should continue to follow the EV program and requirements as stated before.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Mexico Plant List Update — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect addition of a cold storage facility.

  • Japan Adds Norway, Romania to Ineligible List for Ruminant Casings — When exporting products to Japan that use natural ruminant casings, animals from which the casings are derived may not be born and raised in certain countries. This Export Library update adds Norway and Romania to this list of countries, and makes corresponding changes in the documentation requirements for Japan.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for Products Destined for EU — The following advisory language has been added to Section XVII: Documentation – List of Required Certificates in the Export Library for the European Union:

    Note: Many of the EU Model Health Certificates below contain material that is pre-marked through. While that material must remain marked through, there may be additional statements, words, species, etc. that must be marked through prior to certification. Applicable statements shall be kept as appropriate and statements which are not relevant should be marked through (single line through non-applicable text), initialed and stamped by the certifying FSIS veterinarian. Only the additional marked through material should be initialed and stamped by the FSIS veterinarian.

    Please note that this language has been added in response to EU concerns about additional mark throughs happening after the letterhead has been signed by the FSIS veterinarian. To ensure compliance with the statement above, any additional letterhead mark throughs must include both the veterinarian’s initials and the export stamp by each amended section.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Updated Letterhead Certificate for Beef to Cayman Islands — The Export Library for the Cayman Islands has been updated to reflect the United States’ negligible risk classification for BSE. The letterhead certificate has been updated accordingly, but no export requirements have changed.

  • South Africa Opens to U.S. Beef; Further Update Expected on Pork — The Export Library for South Africa has been updated, restoring eligibility for U.S. beef for the first time since the market closed following the December 2003 BSE case. U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle – of any age – slaughtered after June 24, 2015 are now eligible to ship to South Africa using this letterhead certificate. Please note that only slaughter and cut-up establishments listed on the approved plant list can produce beef for export to South Africa. The latest correspondence from USDA indicates that this list is up-to-date as of September 2015.

    For changes or updates to the information listed for your establishment (name, address, etc.), please contact FSIS at the email address listed in the “Plants Eligible to Export” section of the Export Library. For establishments seeking approval for South Africa, please follow the directions listed in that section. Note that further processing plants and cold storage facilities do not need South Africa approval but must source all of their product from eligible meat slaughter establishments.

    Please note that although updates have been made to the pork wording in the Export Library, all pork products (excluding casings) remain ineligible for export to South Africa. USMEF will report details on pork eligibility to South Africa once the library is updated with product eligibility details and corresponding letterhead certificates.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Mexico Plant List Update — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect relisting of a cold storage facility.

  • Israel Reopens to U.S. Beef — The Export Library for Israel has been updated to reflect reopening to U.S. beef and beef products that meet Israel’s requirements for kosher certification. Israel had been closed to U.S. beef since the December 2003 BSE case.

    Establishments interested in serving Israel should follow the procedures outlined in the Plant Approval section of the Export Library:

    Meat and poultry products shall originate and be prepared and stored in plants approved by the State of Israel. Plants and cold storages desiring to export meat and offals must meet the requirements listed here and submit an application, FSIS Form 9080-3. Contact FSIS at (202) 720-0082 or (855) 444-9904, FAX (202) 720-7990, or email to importexport@fsis.usda.gov for information on applying for Israel plant approval. Plants are required to be reviewed prior to final certification.

    Once reviewed and approved, exporting establishments should work closely with their importers to ensure that all requirements are met. Please note the following new handling and storage requirements, which were not previously listed in the Export Library:

    1. Use of wooden pallets, carton cold combos and other porous packing material in the processing, packing or storage of meat to be shipped to Israel is not permitted.
    2. Any product used in the processing or packing of meat (e.g., salt) must be kept in a food-safe container, stored in a clean and dry room and be kept separate from meat products and waste until the time of its use.
    3. Meat products undergoing processing that are left at the end of a processing day must be stored in an appropriate cold storage facility.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant List Update for Australia — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Plant List Updates for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.