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FSIS Issues Notice Requiring Special Certification of U.S. Poultry Exports to Canada

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice providing instructions to Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs) for including a special certification statement indicating that raw poultry or raw poultry products exported to Canada are free of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). The notice instructs PHVs to include this special certification statement in the remarks section of the "Certification for Export of Meat and Poultry Products to Canada" (FSIS Form 9135-3), or on a FSIS Letterhead Certificate. Canada recently implemented a new animal health requirement restricting raw poultry and poultry product imports originating from flocks in designated geographic control zones and specific U.S. states, as outlined in USDA's Export Library for Canada .

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