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From: TSS (216-119-144-61.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: French inspection officials are questioning the authenticity of FSIS letterhead certificates accompanying U.S. meat products entering that country
Date: December 24, 2004 at 2:08 pm PST

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Subject: SPECIFIC RISK MATERIAL (SRM) LETTERHEAD STATEMENTS FOR EXPORT TO FRANCE - ATTESTATION COMPLEMENTAIRE SUR LES MATERIAUX A RISQUES SPECIFIES (MRS) EXPORTES VERS LA FRANCE
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 16:09:55 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
CC: esb


Export Requirements for France
FR-22 (Dec 23, 2004)

Asterisks (*) in this document indicate the most recent revision to
these requirements.

Products Harmonized by the European Union

Fresh/frozen red meat and poultry, meat and poultry products, game meat,
products for pet food manufacture and pharmaceutical processing, and
certain other products intended for export to countries which are
members of the European Union must follow the "European Union
Requirements
"
found elsewhere in the FSIS Export Library. The following countries are
members of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy,
Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland,
Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Products Not Harmonized by the European Union

Note: Exporters are advised that delays may occur at French ports of
entry because French inspection officials are questioning the
authenticity of FSIS letterhead certificates accompanying U.S. meat
products entering that country.

1. For SRM statements for all ruminant products intended for export
to France, see bilingual French SRM statements
.*
2. Ship Stores
1. Product must be destined for a Customs bonded storage point.
2. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 with the following statement in the
"Remarks" section: "Product Consigned to Ship Stores."
3. Product samples not for sale: It may be possible to obtain
derogation for an initial shipment of product to France. Importers
should contact:

Dr. Jacques Olry
Chef du Service Vétérinaire d'Hygiène Alimentaire
MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULTURE ET DE LA FORET
Direction Générale de l'Alimentation
175, rue du Chevaleret
75646-Paris Adex 13
telephone: 011-33-1-45-84-1313
fax number: 011-33-1-45-86-6567

Requests for derogations should include the nature and reasons for
the research, the origin of the product, final destination,
weight, date and time of arrival, and port of entry. Product
destined for ship stores can originate from any U.S. federally
inspected facility.


Plants Eligible to Export

1. Product destined for ship stores can originate from any U.S.
federally inspected facility.


FR-22 (Dec 23, 2004)

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/France_Requirements/index.asp


FSIS Form 2630-9 (6/86) EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES
United States Food Safety Washington, D.C.
Department of and Inspection 20250
Agriculture Service
SPECIFIC RISK MATERIAL (SRM) LETTERHEAD STATEMENTS FOR EXPORT TO FRANCE
ATTESTATION COMPLEMENTAIRE SUR LES MATERIAUX A RISQUES SPECIFIES (MRS)
EXPORTES VERS LA FRANCE
DATE ISSUED _____________________ CERTIFICATE NUMBER
________________________
DATE DEMISSION NUMERO DU CERTIFICAT
Cross out the statement/s that do NOT apply. Biffer la mention inutile.
Either
This product does not contain and is not derived from :
- specified risk material in Annex XI, section A, of Regulation (EC)
no.999/2001, produced after 31 March 2001, or
mechanically recovered meat obtained from bones of bovine, ovine or
caprine animals produced after 31 March 2001. After
31 March 2001, the bovine, ovine and caprine animals, from which this
product is derived, have not been slaughtered after
stunning by means of gas injected into the cranial cavity or killed by
the same method or slaughtered by laceration after
stunning of central nervous tissue by means of an elongated rod-shaped
instrument introduced into the cranial cavity.
- Carcasses, half-carcasses and quarter carcasses may contain vertebral
column on import ;
Soit
Ce produit ne contient pas et nest pas dérivé :
- de matériels à risques spécifiés définis à lannexe XI, partie A, du
Règlement (CE) n°999/2001, produits après le 31 mars
2001, ni de viandes séparées mécaniquement obtenues à partir dos de
bovins, dovins ou de caprins, produits après le 31
mars 2001. Après le 31 mars 2001, les bovins, ovins et caprins dont ce
produit est dérivé nont pas été abattus après
étourdissement par injection de gaz dans la boîte crânienne ni mis à
mort selon la même méthode et nont pas été abattus,
après étourdissement, par lacération du tissu nerveux central au moyen
dun instrument allongé, en forme de tige, introduit
dans la boîte crânienne.
- Les carcasses entières, les demi-carcasses et les quarts de carcasses
importées peuvent contenir la colonne vertébrale;
Or
This product does not contain and is not derived from :
bovine, ovine, caprine materials other than those derived from animals
born, continously reared and slaughtered in the following
*Annex I countries - Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Chili, El
Salvador, Island, Namibia, New-Caledonia, New-Zealand,
Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, Swaziland, Uruguay, Vanuatu
-
Soit
Ce produit ne contient pas et nest pas dérivé :
de matériels de bovins, dovins, et de caprins autres que ceux danimaux
nés, élevés et abattus dans les pays suivants
*liste des pays annexe I - Argentine, Australie, Botswana, Brésil,
Chili, El Salvador, Islande, Namibie, Nouvelle-Calédonie,
Nouvelle-zélande, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapour, Swaziland,
Uruguay, Vanuatu
_____________________________________________________
Signature of Official Veterinarian; Signature du vétérinaire officiel
(Color other than black) (autre couleur que noir)
Page 1 of 2
Export Stamp Here
FSIS Form 2630-9 (6/86) EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EMPLOYMENT AND SERVICES
United States Food Safety Washington, D.C.
Department of and Inspection 20250
Agriculture Service
DATE ISSUED _________________ CERTIFICATE NUMBER _______________________
DATE DEMISSION NUMERO DU CERTIFICAT
Additional Statement required in article 5 of French decree dated 10 Aug
2001
Attestation complémentaire prévue par larticle 5 de larrêté du 10 Août
2001
In case the products are obtained from materials from ovine, caprine,
bovine that are not born, bred and slaughtered in an Annex I country
(page 1*)
the following attestation, in addition to the SRM statement found in
ANNEX XI Chapter A 15(b) above, must be made:
Statement required in article 5 of French decree dated 10 Aug 2001
This product does not contain and is not derived from:
spleen from bovine at any age;
thymus from bovine;
whole or part of the head, including eyes and tonsils, but excluding
encephalon, tongue and cheeks from
ovine, and caprine aged less than 6 months;
whole or part of the head, including encephalon, eyes and tonsils, but
excluding tongue and cheeks from
ovine, and caprine aged more than 6 months;
whole or part of the head, including encephalon, eyes and tonsils, but
excluding tongue and cheeks from ovine, and caprine born and bred in the
United Kingdom;
melted animal fats issued wholly or partly from ruminants melted bones
or produced from ruminants fatty tissues saved after vertebral columns
split;
gelatin issued wholly or partly from bones obtained from ruminants born,
bred and slaughtered in countries or regions of category 4;
gelatin issued wholly or partly from bones obtained from ruminants born,
bred and slaughtered in countries or regions of category 2 ou 3 and that did
not undergo alkaline processing;
spinal cord from ovine and caprine of a net weight carcass over twelve
kilograms.
Mentions prévues à l article 5 de l( l( arrêté du 10 août 2001
Dans le cas où les produits sont obtenus à partir de matériels dovins,
caprins, bovins qui ne sont pas nés, élevés et abattus dans un pays en
annexe I
(page 1 *) lattestation est complétée des mentions suivantes:
Le produit dorigine animale ne contient ni nest issu:
de rate de bovins, quel que soit leur âge;
de thymus de bovins;
de tout ou partie de la tête, y compris les yeux et les amygdales, mais
à lexclusion de lencéphale, de la
langue et des masséters, dovins et de caprins âgés de moins de six mois;
de tout ou partie de la tête, y compris lencéphale, les yeux et les
amygdales, mais à lexclusion de la langue
et des masséters, dovins et de caprins âgés de plus de six mois;
de tout ou partie de la tête, y compris lencéphale, les yeux et les
amygdales, mais à lexclusion de la langue et des masséters, dovins et
de caprins
nés ou élevés au Royaume Uni;
de graisses animales fondues issues pour tout ou partie de la fonte dos
de ruminants ou préparées à partir de tissus adipeux de ruminants collectés
après la fente de la colonne vertébrale;
de gélatine issue pour tout ou partie dos obtenus à partir de ruminants
nés, élevés et abattus dans des pays ou régions de catégorie 4;
de gélatine issue pour tout ou partie dos obtenus à partir de ruminants
nés, élevés et abattus dans des pays ou régions de catégorie 2 ou 3 et
nayant
pas subi de traitement de type alcalin;
de moelle épinière dovins et de caprins dun poids net carcasse
supérieur à douze kilogrammes.
_______________________________________________________
Signature of Official Veterinarian; Signature du vétérinaire officiel
(Color other than black) (autre couleur que noir)
PRINTED NAME ______________________________________
NOM EN LETTRES MAJUSCULES
TITLE/PROFESSIONAL DEGREE ________________________
TITRE/DIPLOME
(Apply Export Stamp in color other than black)
(Cachet Export dune couleur autre que noir)
Page 2 of 2
Export Stamp Here

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/frsrm.pdf

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

New Orleans District
Southeast Region
6600 Plaza Drive, Suite 400
New Orleans, Louisiana 70127
Telephone: 504-253-4519
Facsimile: 504-253-4520


December 9, 2004

WARNING LETTER NO. 2005-NOL-07

FEDERAL EXPRESS
OVERNIGHT DELIVERY

Mr. Alan O. Bostick, President
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
500 6th Street SW
Red Bay, Alabama 35582

Dear Mr. Bostick:

On September 7 and 14, 2004, a United States Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) investigator inspected your animal feed
manufacturing facility, located at 2103 South Gloster Street, Tupelo,
Mississippi. The inspection revealed significant deviations from the
requirements set forth in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part
589.2000 (21 CFR 589.2000) - Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant
Feed. The regulation is intended to prevent the establishment and
amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Because you
failed to follow the requirements of this regulation, products you
manufactured and/or distributed are misbranded within the meaning of
Section 403(a)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act).

The inspection indicated you manufacture products containing beef meat
and bone meal. Products that contain or may contain protein derived from
mammalian tissues, as defined by 21 CFR 589.2000(a), and are intended
for use in animal feed, must be labeled with the cautionary statement
Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants. This is required by 21 CFR
589.2000(c)(1)(i). Your firm failed to label your non-ruminant products
with this required cautionary statement. Specifically, the products that
contained protein derived from mammalian tissues but lacked the required
statement included your Happy Fisherman and Premier catfish feeds.
Under 21 CFR 589.2000(g)(2), failure of these feeds to bear the required
cautionary statement causes them to be misbranded under Section
403(a)(1) of the Act.

The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of deviations from
regulations. As a manufacturer of materials intended for animal feed
use, you are responsible for assuring your overall operation and
products you manufacture and distribute are in compliance with the law.
A copy of FDAs Small Entity Compliance Guide is enclosed to assist you
in complying with the regulations.

You should take prompt action to correct these violations and establish
a system whereby such violations do not recur. Failure to promptly
correct these violations may result in regulatory action, such as
seizure and/or injunction, without further notice.

We are aware you sent label corrections for the last shipment of each of
the mislabeled products. You also stated you plan [redacted] However,
you should notify this office in writing, within 15 working days of the
receipt of this letter, of the steps you have taken to bring your firm
into compliance with the law. Your response should include an
explanation of each step taken to correct violations and prevent their
recurrence. If corrective action cannot be completed within 15 working
days, state the reason for delay and date by which corrections will be
completed. Include copies of any available documentation demonstrating
corrections have been made.

Please send your reply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
Attention: Nicole F. Hardin, Compliance Officer, at the above address.
If you have questions regarding any issue in this letter, please contact
Ms. Hardin at (504) 253-4519.

Sincerely,

/s

H. Tyler Thornburg
District Director
New Orleans District

Enclosures:
FDA Form 483
FDAs Small Entity Compliance Guide
21 CFR 589.2000

cc:
[redacted]
General Manager
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
2103 South Gloster Street
Tupelo, Mississippi 38801

http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g5105d.htm

Dec. 20, 2004, 10:52PM


Union says safe practices ignored


USDA's rules to fight mad cow allegedly violated

By RANDY FABI
Reuters News Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. meat plants are allowing brains and spinal cord from
older cattle to enter the food supply, violating strict government
regulations aimed at preventing the spread of mad cow disease, a federal
meat inspectors union said Monday.


Nearly a year after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, meat plants
have yet to implement measures required by the U.S. Agriculture
Department to protect consumers, said the National Joint Council of Food
Inspection Locals.

"We are seeing little to no change at these plants," said Stan Painter,
the union's chairman.

The USDA has said its ban on brains, spinal cord, eyes and other
so-called specific-risk material was the most important action it has
taken since the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States.

The deadly disease is carried within the infected animal's brain and
nervous system and can be a threat to humans when eaten.

Older cattle, over 30-months of age, are thought to be at higher risk
for mad cow disease than younger animals.

"We know USDA's zero tolerance is not being met," Painter said. "We
believe this is a widespread problem." He declined to say how many
plants were in violation.

The USDA disagreed with the union, saying no prohibited cattle parts,
called SRMs, were slipping into the food supply.

"Parts that are defined as SRMs are being removed and being disposed of
according to regulations implemented in January 2004," said Steve Cohen,
spokesman for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The American Meat Institute, a trade group representing U.S.
meatpackers, said it was unaware of any plants in violation of the
regulations.

The labor union's allegations come as the United States tries to
convince Japan and South Korea, previously its top buyers, to ease their
bans on U.S. beef.

In October, U.S. meat inspectors began alerting the union that plant
employees were incorrectly identifying carcasses of animals over 30
months old, Painter said. Under USDA procedures, plant employees are
responsible for identifying older cattle by examining their teeth.

Inspectors said plants were also violating a trade agreement with Mexico
by shipping kidneys from cattle over 30 months old.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2957093


TSS





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