| FSIS Proposes Rule Allowing China
to Export Processed Poultry Products
FSIS is proposing to add the People's Republic of China to the list
of countries eligible to export processed poultry and poultry products
to the United States.
China is not currently eligible to export poultry products to the
United States; however, reviews of China's laws, regulations and other
materials show that the country's poultry processing system includes
requirements equivalent to all provisions in the Poultry Products
Inspection Act (PPIA) and its implementing regulations.
China will only be eligible to export poultry products processed from
birds slaughtered in certified slaughter establishments in other countries
eligible to export poultry products to the United States. Products
from birds slaughtered in China's domestic slaughter establishments
are not allowed for export to the United States.
All processed poultry products exported from China to the United States
will be subject to reinspection at U.S. ports-of-entry by FSIS inspectors
as required by law.
Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before January
Further information on the proposed rule can be found in Federal Docket
No. 05-012P by visiting FSIS' Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=
http://www.fsis.usda.gov//OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/05-012P.htm, or by
contacting Sally White, Director, International Equivalence Staff,
Office of International Affairs at (202) 720-6400.
coli Positive Samples Reported
The 15th, 16th and 17th E. coli O157:H7 positive cases this
year were reported from samples collected October 26 and November
2 in FSIS' microbiological sampling program. The sample for positive
15 was collected in Missouri, the 16th positive sample was collected
in Colorado, and the 17th was collected in Pennsylvania.
These reports bring to 277 the overall number of positive samples
analyzed since the inception of the program. There have been 9,426
samples analyzed so far this year; 78,361 samples have been analyzed
For more information about results from the sampling program, visit
FSIS' Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
FSIS Talks Turkey for the Holidays
FSIS has posted on its Web site information about how to safely roast
a turkey for the holiday season.
The Web site includes information on how to safely prepare frozen
or fresh turkeys.
For information on how to safely prepare a turkey, visit FSIS' Web
site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/
FSIS to Review State Inspection Programs
On November 23, FSIS notified state program officials in New Mexico,
North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina that the Agency will conduct
on-site reviews of the meat and poultry inspection programs in those
states beginning in January 2006. FSIS also notified the congressional
delegations for each state about the reviews.
In 2003, FSIS began comprehensive reviews of the 28 state meat and
poultry inspection programs.
Reminder for Meeting on Amenability
A public meeting to discuss possible changes to the jurisdiction over
certain foods that contain meat and poultry will be held by FSIS and
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 15 at the Donald E. Stephens
Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
Amenability is the only issue that will be discussed at this meeting.
Seating is limited. Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to register
in advance at http://register.grad.usda.gov/conferences/fda/fda-fsis_reg_form.cfm.
FSIS encourages those interested in attending to indicate their desire
to submit comments at the meeting at the time of registration.
Export Requirement Updates
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated to reflect changes
in export requirements for the following countries: Canada, European
Union, Guatemala, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates. Complete information
can be found at
March 28, 2006