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China Equivalency Audit Report Now Available

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published an audit of China’s poultry slaughter system, along with a follow-up audit of China’s poultry processing system. In the document, FSIS concludes that the components of China’s poultry inspection system, as designed and implemented, meet FSIS equivalence criteria. Furthermore, the components of the poultry slaughter inspection system meet the food safety requirements of the U.S. Therefore, FSIS will move forward with a proposed rule to list the poultry slaughter inspection system of China as equivalent to FSIS. However, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regulations would still prohibit raw poultry from entering the U.S. from China due to the presence of certain animal diseases in the country. Meanwhile, the follow-up audit of China’s poultry processing system shows that system is still equivalent and China remains eligible to export processed poultry from approved establishments to the U.S.

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