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FSIS Issues Notice Announcing Eligibility of Argentina to Export Raw Beef to U.S.

Monday, December 3, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), upon completion of an audit of Argentina’s inspection system for beef slaughter and further processing, reinstated the country’s raw beef equivalency, and approved Argentina as eligible to export raw beef to the U.S. from cattle slaughtered on and after November 27, 2018. FSIS issued a notice instructing inspection program personnel at official import inspection establishments regarding actions to take when verifying the accuracy of inspection certificates for imported raw beef products from the central competent authority of Argentina. The certificates provide assurance that these products meet FSIS requirements. Although Argentina has been eligible to export cooked and ready-to-eat processed beef products to the U.S., it has not been eligible to export raw beef products for 17 years.

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