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Netherlands Equivalency Reinstated to Export Beef to the U.S.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) concluded that the Netherlands’ beef slaughter inspection system is considered equivalent to FSIS’ domestic inspection system. FSIS performed a reassessment of the laws, regulations and inspection procedures maintained by the Netherlands, and conducted on-site audits of the Netherlands’ food safety inspection system, most recently from July 13-23, 2015. The Netherlands has been ineligible to export beef products to the U.S. due to animal health restrictions imposed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) after the 1997 detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). In March 2014, APHIS published a final rule that lifted U.S. restrictions on beef imports from the Netherlands after the World Organization for Animal Health classified the risk for BSE as ‘controlled’ or ‘negligible.’ The Netherlands intends to export only raw intact beef (veal) products to the United States.

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