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FSIS Issues Notice on Use of Barcodes to Verify Eligibility of Certain Imported Products

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice regarding the use of barcodes to verify the eligibility of imported products with missing or completely illegible shipping marks. The notice informs import inspection personnel of actions to take when using barcodes as a way to verify whether containers of imported product with missing or completely illegible shipping marks are part of a lot certified on the accompanying foreign inspection certificate. The notice applies only to shipping units and certifications from countries that have provided a written procedure and a list of foreign establishments eligible to participate in this procedure to FSIS. Foreign establishments may apply barcodes in addition to a shipping mark to units of products imported into the U.S. to assist with tracing and identification purposes.

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