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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (216-119-139-210.ipset19.wt.net)
Subject: Mexico Livestock and Products BSE Update (Ninth Edition) 2004 GAIN Report Number: MX4106
Date: September 25, 2004 at 4:32 pm PST

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Subject: Mexico Livestock and Products BSE Update (Ninth Edition) 2004
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 13:07:08 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Voluntary Report - public distribution
Date: 08/24/2004
GAIN Report Number: MX4106
MX4106
Mexico
Livestock and Products
BSE Update (Ninth Edition)
2004
Approved by:
David Williams
U.S. Embassy Mexico City
Prepared by:
Sal Trejo/David Williams
Report Highlights:
Mexico has again modified its BSE ban, this time to allow imports of
beef based preparations, beef/pork
based preparations, beef/sheep based preparations and beef/pork/poultry
based preparations.
Includes PSD Changes: No
Includes Trade Matrix: No
Unscheduled Report
Mexico [MX1]
[MX]
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
GAIN Report
Global Agriculture Information Network
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 2 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Mexico Expands List of Beef Products Eligible for Importation
The Government of Mexico (GOM) recently established import requirements
for beef based
preparations, beef/pork based preparations, beef/sheep based
preparations and
beef/pork/poultry based preparations. At this point, SAGARPA, has
formally rejected
APHIS/FAS’s request that sheep or products obtained from sheep come from
a country that
has in place regulations that prohibit the feeding of ruminants with
meat and bone meal and
greaves. Currently SAGARPA’s requirements state “that in the country of
origin there exists
animal health regulations in force that prohibit the feeding of
ruminants with ruminant based
proteins, except milk and milk products.” Currently, the only
restrictions on sheep are for
sheep for breeding. Sheep for slaughter have been approved for some time.
The BSE Banned List
The following products are currently banned by SAGARPA.
Live cattle
Bone-in meat
Boneless meat from cattle 30 months of age or older
Bovine offal and viscera other than those currently authorized
Products derived from non-protein-free tallow
Protein-free tallow fit for human consumption
Gelatin and collagen prepared from bone
Ruminant meal
**Live sheep for breeding (added since the initial ban)
**A lifting of this ban is expected soon.
Products Exempt from the BSE Ban
The following products are exempt from the BSE ban.
Boneless beef from cattle under 30 months of age
Marinated boneless beef from cattle under 30 months of age
*Beef based preparations, beef/pork based preparations, beef/sheep based
preparations and
beef/pork/poultry based preparations
Veal de-boned or bone-in
Hearts, kidneys, tongue and lips from cattle under 30 months of age
Diaphragm and trimmings from cattle under 30 months of age
Tripe from cattle under 30 months of age
Meat, carcasses, viscera, and heads from sheep under 12 months of age
Meat, carcasses, and viscera from goats under 12 months of age
Liver
Milk
Dairy products
Semen
Embryos
Protein-free tallow not fit for animal consumption
Dicalcium phosphate (DCP)
Skins and hides
Gelatin and collagen obtained from hides and skins
Pet Food (see MX4040 for more details)
Sausage made from beef and pork with or without cheese
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 3 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
SAGARPA will consider establishing import requirements for processed
beef preparations not
currently approved, if the products do not differ substantially from
products that are
currently authorized. Once established, the requirements will be
available for any company to
use. Companies should work with their importers and be prepared to
provide documentation
about their product composition and expect to wait a few weeks for
approval. Inquiries
should be directed to:
Dr. Lourdes Molina,
Tel. (525) 9183-1000 Ext. 33973
Fax. (525) 9183-1000 Ext. 33945
*SAGARPA has recently established import requirements for processed beef
preparations
including mixtures of beef with pork, sheep and poultry meats if the
products do not differ
substantially from the raw products that are currently authorized. The
authorized import
requirement sheets (HRZ) for the above products are as follows:
Current import requirements for processed beef are provided on the
following pages. These
requirements will be in effect until September 30, however, effective
September 30, 2004,
the following additional provisions will be required for processed beef
products, marinated
beef, beef based meat preparations, beef/pork based meat preparations,
beef/sheep based
meat preparations, and beef/pork/poultry based meat preparations.
1. That from the slaughtered ruminants from which the product was
obtained, the risk
materials were eliminated (brain, cranium, eyes, trigeminal ganglion,
spinal cord,
spinal column, ganglionic dorsal spine, bone medulla, tonsils and small
intestine).
2. That the ruminant materials used in the preparation of the products
are not risk
materials (brain, cranium, eyes, trigeminal ganglion, spinal cord,
spinal column,
ganglionic dorsal spine, bone medulla, tonsils and small intestine).
3. That the preparation of the product to be exported does not contain
meat obtained
through advance meat recovery nor mechanically separated.
4. That the meat used in the preparation of the product was obtained
from ruminants
slaughtered on or after March 5, 2004.
Also in addition to the marinated beef HRZ currently approved by
SAGARPA, the
following modifications to the original requirements will be implemented
on September
30, 2004:
1. That from the slaughtered ruminants from which the product was
obtained, the risk
materials were eliminated (brain, cranium, eyes, trigeminal ganglion,
spinal cord,
spinal column, ganglionic dorsal spine, bone medulla, tonsils and small
intestine).
2. That the preparation of the product to be exported does not contain
meat obtained
through advance meat recovery nor mechanically separated.
3. That the meat used in the preparation of the product was obtained
from ruminants
slaughtered on or after March 5, 2004.
The requirements outlined in this report are subject to change without
notice. Exporters
should work closely with their importers and consult the requirements in
the Food Safety and
Inspection Service export library
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 4 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
COURTESY TRANSLATION
SPECIE BOVINE
FUNCTION/PRODUCT MEAT BASED PREPARATIONS
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COUNTRY OF SHIPMENT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COMBINATION 5-1-21-USA-USA
REQUIREMENTS
Present Original International Sanitary Certificate from the official
authority of the country of
origin that specifies the following:
1) That the product is from the country of origin as indicated in this
document as
origin.
2) That the product is approved for human consumption.
3) That the meat used in the elaboration of the product originates in
the country
shown in this document as country of origin.
a) That the meat used to elaborate the product was obtained from healthy
animals inspected ante and post moretem and slaughtered at
installations authorized by the Department of Agriculture of the Unide
States (USDA) where only animals of less than 30 months of age are
slaughtered or at a plant that has acceptable procedures of complete
segregation, that allows the official from USDA to identify and select the
products to export.
b) That the product was obtained from animals under the age of 30 months
of age, determined by records that demonstrate the age or through post
mortem inspection in which it must be verified that the animals from
which the
product was obtained have two incisive permanent teeth or
less.
c) That the ruminants from which the raw material to elaborate the product
as obtained were not fed with meat and bone meal or greaves of
ruminant origin.
d) That the animals from where the product was obtained were not
stunned, by means of gas injection in the craneal cavity or cutting of the
spinal cord by laceration of the central nervous tissue, by means of
introducing a sharp cutting instrument in the craneal cavity or that the
meat used to elaborate the product was legally imported from Australia
or New Zealand
4) That the product to be exported does not include meat trimmings,
advanced meat
recovery, mechanically separated meat and ground meat.
5) That the establishment where the finished product was elaborated is
under official
control.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLY;
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 5 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
6) Submit original and simple copy of the quality control certificate
issued by the
manufacturing company. The personnel from the Office of Animal, Plant Health
Inspection (OISA) will only retain the copy after verifying the document.
7) The shipment and documentation of the imported products must comply
with the
provisions established in Article 24 of the Federal Animal Health Law.
8) ONLY PRODUCTS OBTAINED FROM ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED ON OR AFTER MARCH
5, 2004 WILL BE AD INTO THE COUNTRY.
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 6 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
COURTESY TRANSLATION
SPECIE BEEF/SHEEP
FUNCTION/PRODUCT MEAT BASED PREPARATIONS
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COUNTRY OF SHIPMENT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COMBINATION 21-1-21-USA-USA
REQUIREMENTS
Present Original International Sanitary Certificate from the official
authority of the country of
origin that specifies the following:
1) Name and address of the importer.
2) That the product is from the country of origin as indicated in this
document as
origin.
3) That the product is approved for human consumption.
4) That the product was processed at an establishment under official
control.
5) That the ruminants from which the raw material to elaborate the
product was
obtained were not fed with protein of ruminant origin, except milk and milk
proteins.
6) That in the country of origin of the product there exist animal
health regulations in
force that prohibit the feeding of ruminants with proteins of ruminant
origin, except
milk and milk proteins.
7) That the animals were slaughtered in installations under official
control and are
dedicated exclusively to the slaughter of animals under the age of 30 months
and/or that the plant has acceptable procedures for complete segregation
that
permits the official from the corresponding competent health authorities
to identify
and select the products to be exported.
8) That the product was obtained from animals under the age of 30 months
of age,
determined by records that demonstrate the age or through post mortem
inspection in which it must be verified that the animals from which the
product was
obtained have two incisive permanent teeth or less
9) That the animals from where the product was obtained were not stunned, by
means of gas injection in the craneal cavity or cutting of the spinal
cord by
laceration of the central nervous tissue, by means of introducing a
sharp cutting
instrument in the craneal cavity
10) That in the raw materials of ruminant origin employed in the
elaboration of the
products do not correspond to specific risk materials were eliminated
(brains.
cranium, eyes, ganglions, spinal cord, spine, ganglonic dorsal chain,
osseous
marrow; tonsils or distal ileum).
At the presentation of the shipment to the Plant and Animal Health
Inspection Office (OISA):
11) The official inspector from plant and animal health will perform the
physical and
documentation inspection of the shipment.
12) The importer must indicate in writing the specific destination of
the product.
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 7 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
COURTESY TRANSLATION
SPECIE BEEF/PORK
FUNCTION/PRODUCT MEAT BASED PREPARATIONS
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COUNTRY OF SHIPMENT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COMBINATION 3-1-21-USA-USA
REQUIREMENTS
Present Original International Sanitary Certificate from the official
authority of the country of
origin that specifies the following:
1) That the product is from the country of origin as indicated in this
document as
origin.
2) That the product is approved for human consumption.
3) When the meat used in the elaboration of the product is of U.S. or
Canadian origin,
the following must be certified:
a) That the meat used to elaborate the product was obtained from healthy
animals inspected ante and post moretem and slaughtered at
installations authorized by the Department of Agriculture of the Unide
States (USDA) where only animals of less than 30 months of age are
slaughtered or at a plant that has acceptable procedures of complete
segregation, that allows the official from USDA to identify and select the
products to export.
b) That the product was obtained from animals under the age of 30 months
of age, determined by records that demonstrate the age or through post
mortem inspection in which it must be verified that the animals from
which the product was obtained have two incisive permanent teeth or
less.
c) That the ruminants from which the raw material to elaborate the product
as obtained were not fed with meat and bone meal or greaves of
ruminant origin.
d) That the animals from where the product was obtained were not
stunned, by means of gas injection in the craneal cavity or cutting of the
spinal cord by laceration of the central nervous tissue, by means of
introducing a sharp cutting instrument in the craneal cavity.
4) That the product to be exported does not include meat trimmings,
advanced meat recovery, mechanically separated meat and ground meat.
5) That the raw material of porcine origin used in the elaboration of
the product
originated in a country free of classical porcine fever (NOM-037-ZOO-1995)
6) That the establishment where the finished product is elaborated is
under official
control.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLY:
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 8 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
7) Submit original and simple copy of the quality control certificate
issued by the
manufacturing company. The personnel from the Office Animal Plant Health
Inspection (OISA) will only retain the copy after verifying the
document.That in the
elaboration of the product no ruminant protein was used, except milk and
milk
proteins.
8) The shipment and documentation of the imported products must comply
with the
provisions established in Article 24 of the Federal Animal Health Law.
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 9 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
COURTESY TRANSLATION
SPECIE BEEF/PORK/POULTRY
FUNCTION/PRODUCT MEAT BASED PREPARATIONS
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COUNTRY OF SHIPMENT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COMBINATION 57-1-21-USA-USA
REQUIREMENTS
Present Original International Sanitary Certificate from the official
authority of the country of
origin that specifies the following:
1) Name and address of the importer.
2) That the product is from the country of origin as indicated in this
document as
origin.
3) That the product is approved for human consumption.
4) That the product was processed at an establishment under official
control.
5) That the animals from which the raw material to elaborate the product was
obtained were not fed with protein of ruminant origin, except milk and milk
proteins.
6) That in the country of origin of the product there exist animal
health regulations in
force that prohibit the feeding of ruminants with proteins of ruminant
origin, except
milk and milk proteins.
7) That the animals were slaughtered in installations under official
control and are
dedicated exclusively to the slaughter of animals under the age of 30 months
and/or that the plant has acceptable procedures for complete segregation
that
permits the official from the corresponding competent health authorities
to identify
and select the products to be exported.
8) That the product was obtained from animals under the age of 30 months
of age,
determined by records that demonstrate the age or through post mortem
inspection in which it must be verified that the animals from which the
product was
obtained have two incisive permanent teeth or less.
9) That the animals from where the product was obtained were not stunned, by
means of gas injection in the craneal cavity or cutting of the spinal
cord by
laceration of the central nervous tissue, by means of introducing a
sharp cutting
instrument in the craneal cavity.
10) That in the raw materials of ruminant origin employed in the
elaboration of the
products do not correspond to specific risk materials were eliminated
(brains.
cranium, eyes, ganglions, spinal cord, spine, ganglonic dorsal chain,
osseous
marrow; tonsils or distal ileum).
11) That the product to be exported does not include meat trimmings,
advanced meat
recovery, mechanically separated meat and ground meat.
12) That the country of origin is free of classical porcine fever
(pestivirus).
13) That the country or region of origin is free of the Newcastle
disease in its velogenic
presentation and avian influenza, or, certify that the raw materials of
avian origin
with which the product was elaborated were subjected to a cooking
process with a
temperature no less than 60ºC for a time of no less than 10 minutes or
commercial
pasteurization or sterilization indicating temperatures and times. As an
equivalent
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 10 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
to this requirement an internal cooking temperature of no less than 68ºC is
acceptable.
At the presentation of the shipment to the Plant and Animal Health
Inspection Office (OISA):
14) The official inspector from plant and animal health will perform the
physical
and documentation inspection of the shipment.
15) The importer must indicate in writing the specific destination of
the product.
16) The shipment and documentation of the imported products must comply
with the
provisions established in Article 24 of the Federal Animal Health Law.
GAIN Report - MX4106 Page 11 of 11
UNCLASSIFIED USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Secretariat of Health Has Its Own Ban
A listing of the Secretariat of Health’s banned products of bovine
origin follows:
Hormones
Insulin
Enzymes for digestive therapy
Gel capsules made from cartilage or bone
Sutures
Laboratory growth media
Bile extracts
Gelatin (conflict with SAGARPA)
Any products regulated by the Secretariat of Health made from Specified
Risk Materials
Food supplements
Blood serum
Common ingredients in beauty products
Dehydrated broth (subject to prior notice)
Instant soups (subject to prior notice)

http://www.fas.usda.gov/

BEEF FROM CENTRAL AMERICA ENTERING MEXICO VIA THE UNITED STATES
According to a local newspaper, Jose Valdez Cuervo, president of SGS de
Mexico (a security
firm hired by the GOM to combat contraband), warned that Mexico is
receiving beef through
the United States that originates from Central America, and that this
implies a health risk to
Mexico. SGS is helping Mexican customs combat imports of products that
arrive directly at
distribution centers with falsified export documents. (Source: La
Jornada; 09/13/04)

http://www.fas.usda.gov/

TSS

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