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FSIS Issues Notice Delaying Implementation of New Procedures for Issuing Replacement Export Certificates; Meat Institute Submits Comments Urging Revisions to Replacement Certificates Policy

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service issued Notice 79-15, which cancels Notice 62-15, “Replacement Certificates,” saying it is re-evaluating procedures concerning the issuance of replacement export certificates for FSIS Form 9060-5, “Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.”

The Meat Institute and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) earlier this month filed joint comments to FSIS requesting a delay in the implementation of revisions to the policies and procedures for issuing replacement export certificates. NAMI and USMEF urged FSIS to consult import control authorities in the countries that are the leading export markets for beef, pork and lamb prior to implementing the new policy. The comments also contend that using a later date than the time of initial export on replacement certificates will likely result in rejections by import control authorities in some countries and cause confusion in others. Instead, the organizations argue the replacement certificates should carry a statement in the ‘Remarks’ section stating the replacement is “in lieu of” the original certificate.

Meanwhile, the comments seek an extension in the time limit for issuing a replacement certificate without re-inspection from 45 to 180 days, citing transit and customs delays as reasons for this extension. NAMI and USMEF also asked that the list of permissible reasons for issuing replacement certificates be expanded to include circumstances in which the consignee defaults on its contract after the vessel has left the U.S. port; instances when the original destination country delists the plant where the product was produced after the original export certificate was issued and the vessel has left the U.S. port; cases of “soft” border closings, such as when the original destination country stops issuing import permits after the original certificate is issued or rejects the shipment for unspecified reasons; and during periods of inclement weather or other natural disasters.

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