On March 14, USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a joint news release announcing that the United States had secured full access for U.S. beef and beef products exported to Peru. Specifically, Peru agreed to eliminate restrictions on certain bone-in cuts from cattle more than 30 months of age and lift its restriction on beef derived from direct-slaughter cattle of Canadian origin – the same changes adopted earlier this year by Colombia. As with Colombia, this eliminated the need for an export verification (EV) program for Peru.
To implement these changes, the FSIS Export Library for Peru was updated as follows:
- For beef and beef products produced on or after March 16, 2016, no EV program is required, meaning all federally inspected establishments are eligible to produce beef for export to Peru. An EV program for Peru is still required for beef and beef products produced before March 16. An updated beef letterhead certificate (dated 3/14/16) is to be used for all future certification of beef to Peru, regardless of whether the product was produced under an EV program or not.
- As noted above, removal of the EV program lifts Peru’s ban on beef derived from direct-slaughter cattle imported from Canada and slaughtered in the United States. In addition, all bone-in cuts from over thirty month (OTM) cattle are now eligible, because Peru has agreed to accept the FSIS specified risk material (SRM) definition, rather than requiring conformance to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) SRM definition for controlled BSE risk countries.
Exporters with questions about these changes may email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.