Tag Archives: Imports

OIG Critiques USDA-FSIS Foreign Food Safety Protocols

The Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act require foreign countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products to the U.S. to establish and maintain systems equivalent to the U.S. inspection system. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for ensuring these products meet all … Continue Reading

Senators Press for Reopening of China to U.S. Poultry

As previously covered on this blog, as part of a deal to resume U.S. beef exports to China, the U.S. pledged that it would remove obstacles to importing cooked Chinese poultry meat.  In support of this pledge, on June 16, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a proposed rule (82 FR 27625) amending its inspection regulations to … Continue Reading

BSE Case in AL Prompts S. Korea to Boost Quarantine Checks of U.S. Beef

Earlier this week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama (AL).  APHIS reports that this animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to … Continue Reading

USDA Releases Proposed Rule to Facilitate Cooked Chinese Chicken Imports

As part of a deal to resume U.S. Beef exports to China, the U.S. recently pledged that it would remove obstacles to importing cooked Chinese poultry meat. (See previous blog coverage here.) Currently, China is only eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. that have been processed from birds slaughtered in U.S. establishments or at slaughter … Continue Reading

China Slated to Resume US Beef Imports by July

As previously covered on this blog, U.S. beef has been denied access to China for nearly 14 years due to concerns stemming from a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy that occurred in Washington state in December 2003.  In September 2016, China announced that it had lifted its ban on imports of U.S. beef, but attempts to negotiate the … Continue Reading

China Agrees (Again) to Import U.S. Beef

As previously covered on this blog, U.S. beef has been denied access to China since 2003.  Last September, China announced that it had lifted its ban on imports of U.S. beef, but attempts since then to negotiate the technical terms of access have faltered and so American beef producers are effectively blocked from selling any U.S. beef … Continue Reading

U.S. Beef Industry Presses For Access to Chinese Market

U.S. beef has been denied access to China since 2003.  Last fall, China announced that it had lifted its ban on imports of U.S. beef, but attempts since then to negotiate the technical terms of access have faltered and so American beef producers are effectively blocked from selling any U.S. beef to Chinese consumers. On … Continue Reading

FSIS Increases Beef Import Inspection From Certain Countries

By way of background, all meat and poultry food products are potentially subject to regulation by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) upon import into the U.S.  Turning to raw beef, in particular, when FSIS has determined that a foreign country is “equivalent” to export raw beef, FSIS may assign an E. coli O157:H7 … Continue Reading
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