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From: TSS ()
Subject: Red Meat Export Requirements for Japan (BSE mad cow safe guards exporting from USA to Japan update)
Date: July 21, 2005 at 1:56 pm PST


Red Meat Export Requirements for Japan

Jarev83--7/21/2005

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Inedible products intended for pet food must comply with the same requirements as edible meat.

Pork casings.

Non-ruminant origin meat products produced using natural ruminant casings (See Processing Section, H. and Documentation Section A.4.a. and b. and Plant Eligibility Section)*

Non-ruminant origin meat products produced using natural pork casings (See Documentation Section A.4.c.)*

Non-ruminant origin meat products produced using artificial casings derived from cattle hides and pork skins. (See Documentation Section A.4.d. and e.)*

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Processing Requirements


Non-ruminant origin meat products produced using natural ruminant casings.*

The natural casings must be derived from animals which were born and raised in countries other than the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Ireland, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Canada, or the USA.

U.S. establishments that process or repackage the imported natural casings and establishments that produce the meat product must only handle ruminant casings that comply with the source requirement in 1. for all production. Segregation programs are not permitted.

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Documentation Requirements

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For meat products using natural bovine casings the following statements must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5 or on an FSIS letterhead certificate:*

(1) “The casings are derived from animals which were born and raised in countries other than the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Ireland, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Canada, or the USA. At the time of import to the United States it has been confirmed that the casings do not have risk of infection with contagious animal disease by health certificates issued by the originating government.”

(2) “Natural casings from (country of origin) of bovine origin.”

(3) “The cattle origin raw material from which the certified casing were derived originate from raw materials from cattle slaughtered in countries other than those listed above, and these materials and final products were kept separate from any bovine materials from animals slaughtered in countries listed above.”

(4) “The casings production facility is under official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supervision and maintains a system for tracing the animal origin materials, which guarantees the origin (collagen production facility for artificial casings and country of origin for intestinal casings) can be identified.”

For meat products using natural pork casings the following statements must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5:

(1) “The casings are free from animal infectious disease as a consequence of ante- and postmortem inspection conducted by official USDA inspectors. If the casings are imported from third countries, at the time of import into the United States, it has been confirmed that the casings do not have risk of infection with contagious animal disease by health certificates issued by the originating government.”

(2) “Natural casings from (country of origin) of porcine origin.”

For meat products using artificial casing derived from pork skins the following statements must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5:

(1) “Artificial casings prepared exclusively from hides and skins.”

For meat products using artificial casing derived from cattle hides the following statements must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5 or on an FSIS letterhead certificate: *

(1) “Artificial casings prepared exclusively from hides and skins.”

(2) “The cattle origin raw material from which the certified casing were derived originate from raw materials from cattle slaughtered in countries other than those listed in the annex, and these materials and final products were kept separate from any bovine materials from animals slaughtered in countries listed in the annex.”


(3) “The casings production facility is under official US Department of Agriculture (USDA) supervision and maintains a system for tracing the animal origin materials, which guarantees the origin (collagen production facility for artificial casings and country of origin for intestinal casings) can be identified.”


“Annex: United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Ireland, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Canada, or the USA.”

Note: APHIS regulation (9 CFR 96.3) requires imported natural casings to be certified by the originating country as coming from healthy animals which received antemortem and postmortem inspection and are clean and sound and were prepared in a sanitary manner. Producers must be able to demonstrate that the casings comply with the country of origin requirements indicated above.*

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Pharmaceutical requirements. Export certification of inedible products, other than technical animal fat (9 CFR 351) and certified pet food (9 CFR 355), is no longer provided by FSIS. Exporters should contact APHIS field offices to obtain information about certification of inedible products. A list of APHIS offices is available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ncie/iregs/products/vsavic.pdf. See FSIS Notice 17-05 for additional information.*

FSIS NOTICE 17-05 3/9/2005


CERTIFICATION OF INEDIBLE ANIMAL PRODUCTS

FSIS provides certification services under the Agricultural Marketing Act, 7 U.S.C. 1622 and 1624. These services are available only for livestock and poultry products specifically identified by FSIS in 9 CFR 351, Certification of Technical Animal Fats for Export and 9 CFR 355, Certified products for dogs, cats, and other carnivora; inspection, certification, and identification as to class, quality, quantity, and condition. FSIS is not authorized to provide such services under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA). Moreover, FSIS is not authorized to provide certification services for any non-food animal products.

Therefore, FSIS personnel are not to perform certification services for any products other than those specifically identified in 9 CFR 351 and 355. If establishments or businesses request certification services for inedible animal products not specifically identified in FSIS regulations, such as inedible livestock hides, FSIS program employees are to refer the establishment or business to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, Import and Export Products Staff at (301) 734-3277 to arrange for the service and obtain the necessary forms.


/s/ Philip S. Derfler
Assistant Administrator
Office of Policy, Program, and Employee Development


DISTRIBUTION: Inspection Offices; T/A Inspectors; Plant Mgt; TRA; ABB; TSC; Import Offices NOTICE EXPIRES: 3/1/2006 OPI: OPPED


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Notice_17-05/index.asp

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Casings establishments that process or repackage natural ruminant casings for use in the production of meat products for export to Japan and the meat processing establishments that produce meat products with natural ruminant casings must comply with the specific establishment requirements indicated in the Processing Section, H. and must be notified to Japan prior to export. Establishments that comply with these requirements should submit FSIS Form 9080-3 as directed on the Form. FSIS will notify Japan of eligible establishments and maintain the list of eligible establishments in the Export Library.*

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http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=/OFO/export/japan.htm

TSS




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