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Export Requirements for Switzerland

SZ-55 (Nov 3, 2014)

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Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible Product
    1. Meat Products
      1. Fresh/frozen beef is eligible for export to Switzerland.
      2. Meat derived from cattle treated with growth promoting hormones is eligible for export to Switzerland. Switzerland conducts imported product residue testing. Detection of residues of growth promoting hormones at any level will be considered a violation by Switzerland.
    2. Fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products.
    3. Ostrich meat.
    4. Wild boar meat.
    5. Pork and pork products


Facility, Slaughter, and Processing Requirements

Meat and poultry slaughter and processing plants and cold storages exporting to Switzerland must meet the same facility, slaughter and processing requirements as are required for export to the European Union. Exporters should consult the Facility, Slaughter, and Processing sections of the European Union Export Requirements for further information.

Labeling Requirements

  1. All chilled and frozen meat products packaged and ready for delivery to the final consumer must have the packing date shown on each package.*
  2. Expected shelf life (end-of-use date) must be indicated only on chilled (unfrozen) consumer-size packages having a net weight of 4.4 lbs. (2 kg.) or less.
  3. Tamper evident labels
    1. Special tamper evident labels must be used on boxes or packaging of beef not produced according to the EU Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program and shall consist of the following:
      1. Pressure sensitive labels that bear the official USDA inspection legend of the establishment must be used to seal boxed or packaged product for export to Switzerland. The legend must follow 9 CFR 312.2. These special labels must be serially numbered, e.g., 10,000 labels printed, numbered 1 through 10,000. Establishments may develop their serial numbering systems independently.
      2. These labels must be applied to packaging in such a manner that the official inspection legend on the labeling is destroyed when the package is opened.
    2. Beef produced according to the EU Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program must be sealed with the EU health mark label as described in the European Export Requirements.


Documentation Requirements

  1. Fresh meat of domestic bovines
    1. For fresh meat of domestic bovines not produced according to the EU NHTC program, obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and an FSIS letterhead certificate, Veterinary Certificate for Fresh Meat of Domestic Bovines, Consigned to Switzerland. See Guidelines to complete the certificate.
    2. Non-hormone treated cattle program: beef and veal. For fresh meat of domestic bovines produced in compliance with the EU NHTC program and bearing the EU health mark label, obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and an FSIS letterhead certificate, Veterinary Certificate for Fresh Meat of Domestic Bovines Consigned to the European Community. See guidelines to complete the letterhead certificate.
    3. For bison (an NHTC Program is not required for Bison), obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and an FSIS letterhead certificate, Veterinary Certificate for Fresh Meat of Bison, Consigned to the European Community. See Guidelines to complete the certificate.
    4. FSIS Form 9180-3 (Form MP 141) - Certificate of Authenticity--may be issued for high quality beef upon request by exporter. Effective May 1, 2001, product certified by FSIS Form 9180-3 must be either graded USDA Prime or Choice or be produced under an AMS approved program which verifies that production practices meet the definition of &quotHigh-Quality beef&quot (see reverse side of form). This form should not be issued on or after July 14, 2014.
    5. FSIS Form, 9180-3 (Form MP 141) — Certificate of Authenticity may be used for bison upon request of the applicant when producer affidavits are provided to FSIS personnel as part of the export certificate application. The affidavits must attest to the origin of the animals (U.S. or Canada) and that the animals meet the age and feeding requirements stated on the certificate. This form should not be issued on or after July 14, 2014.
    6. Starting July 14, 2014, the FSIS Letterhead Certificate for High Quality Beef may be issued for beef if the  product is shipped under the high quality beef quota.  

      For cattle not produced under the NHTC program that is graded USDA Choice or Prime meets the requirement of Section 2 of the High Quality Beef definition of the Swiss certificate.

      For cattle not produced under the NHTC program that meet the requirement of Section 1 of the High Quality Beef definition of the Swiss Certificate, companies must implement an in-plant carcass specification program that is approved by AMS Meat Grading and Certification.  For information about the approval process please contact the local Meat Grading Supervisor in your area.

      For cattle produced under the NHTC program please contact AMS Quality Assessment Division at  QAD.AuditService@ams.usda.gov.  Only cattle that have been verified under the NHTC Program to meet the requirements for High Quality Beef may be shipped using this option. The applicant must provide a completed and signed  AMS Statement of Verification (SOV) for High Quality Beef and have documentation that associates the SOV with the specified product.
    7. Starting July 14, 2014, the FSIS Letterhead Certificate for High Quality Beef may be issued for bison upon request of the applicant when producer affidavits are provided to FSIS personnel as part of the export certificate application. The affidavits must attest to the origin of the animals (U.S. or Canada) and that the animals meet the age and feeding requirements stated on the certificate.
  2. For meat preparations and meat product exports, the appropriate European Union certificates should be used.*
  3. Wild Boar - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and an FSIS letterhead certificate, Veterinary Certificate for Fresh Meat of Wild Suidae Consigned to the European Union. See guidelines to complete the letterhead certificate.
  4. Additional requirements that apply to all certificates.
    1. All required certificates and supplementary statements must be dated and signed by the same FSIS veterinarian (name, degree [DVM or equivalent] must be typed after the signature). The signature of the veterinarian must be in an ink color other than black and in a color that is visible on faxed certificates.
    2. All required certificates and supplementary statements must be stamped with the FSIS rubber export stamp indicating the certificate number or replacement certificate number if a replacement certificate is issued. The ink color must be in a color other than black and in a color that is visible on faxed certificates.


Other Requirements

  1. There are no exceptions for products intended for personal consumption. They must comply with the same requirements as commercial shipments.


Plants Eligible to Export

  1. Plant Approval
    1. Fresh/frozen meat and meat products must be slaughtered, processed, and stored in establishments that meet the EU facility, slaughter, and processing requirements, and must appear on the EU list of approved establishments. See the EU Export Requirements for information about obtaining EU approval.
    2. Fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products must be slaughtered, processed, and stored in establishments that meet the EU facility, slaughter, and processing requirements, and must appear on the EU list of approved establishments. See the EU Export Requirements for information about obtaining EU approval.
    3. Meat and poultry and meat and poultry products supplied to airline catering services must comply with the same requirements as shipments imported into Switzerland.
  2. List of Eligible Plants

    The List of Approved Meat Plants for Export to the European Union is updated periodically and is available through the Export Requirements Library.

    Beef and bison originating from Est. 889A, J.F. O'Neill Packing Co., Omaha, NE that were produced prior to July 28, 2011, and on or after October 11, 2011, are eligible for export to Switzerland. Beef and bison originating from this establishment that were produced on or after July 28, 2011, and prior to October 11, 2011, are ineligible for export to Switzerland.


Plants Not Eligible to Export

Plants not approved according to the requirements in the Plants Eligible to Export section above.

 

Last Modified Nov 03, 2014