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Export Requirements for Hong Kong

HK-85 (Oct 15, 2014)

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Red Meat Export Requirements for Hong Kong

Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible product
    1. All fresh/frozen beef and beef products (excluding ineligible product as stated in B.1. below) derived from cattle of any age slaughtered on or after June 17, 2014. An AMS Export Verification (EV) program is no longer required for these products.
    2. Beef ribs and other bone-in beef products (excluding cuts containing the vertebral column) derived from cattle less than 30 months of age slaughtered on or after February 25, 2013 through June 16, 2014 must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification program.

      Eligible bone-in beef and bone-in beef products listed above must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification (EV) program for beef to Hong Kong. Information about the EV program for bone-in beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age and a list of EV approved establishments can be obtained from AMS' Web site. Eligible product must be derived from cattle slaughtered on or after the approval date on the AMS list.

      FSIS inspection personnel are to verify the eligibility of the establishment and product. The unique product identification system can be accessed by authorized FSIS inspection personnel from FSIS' Intranet site. Details of the Export Verification program can be accessed from the Export Verification (EV) Programs Additional Requirements page on the AMS' Web site.

      If FSIS inspection personnel become aware of concerns that an AMS approved EV establishment is not properly executing its EV program, export certification should not be issued for the product in question and AMS should be notified at ARCBranch@usda.gov. Inspection personnel should include their immediate supervisor on messages to AMS. The following information should be included in the message:
      • Establishment name, address, and establishment number
      • Product type, product code, and quantity of product
      • Date of production, lot number, and shift
      • Date and nature of observation
      • Name of country product is intended for export
      • Export certificate number (if applicable)
      • Any other information to verify claim
      • Name of inspection official
    3. Ground beef (excluding ineligible product as stated in B.1. below) from cattle slaughtered on or after June 17, 2014 is eligible.  For this item, exporters are advised to work closely with importers to ensure requisite import permits are issued by appropriate Hong Kong officials.
    4. Fresh/ frozen pork and lamb products.
    5. Wild boar.
  2. Ineligible product
    1. Mechanically separated meat, lean finely textured beef (LFTB), scrap meat, trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) from skeletal muscle indistinguishable from beef trimmings, and product from advanced meat recovery systems.


Labeling Requirements

  1. Tenderized meat shall be clearly and legibly marked with the words "TENDERIZED" in capital letters and must be written in English and Chinese.


Note: Hong Kong will permit entry of eligible pork products labeled for China.

Documentation Requirements

All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product must be signed by a FSIS veterinarian. The veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the signature.

  1. Fresh/Frozen pork, wild boar, and lamb products, except beef and beef products.
    1. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness.
      1. Use of the terminology "miscellaneous meat products" is unacceptable on FSIS Form 9060-5.
      2. For wild boar, the scientific name ( Sus scrofa), should be included in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5.
  2. Beef and beef products
    1. The export applicant must provide information about the consignment that includes specific product identification information, production date, number of boxes, and manufacturer.
    2. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
    3. FSIS Form 9297-1 (02/15/2006), Export Certificate of Wholesomeness for Beef, is required.
      1. The following information must be provided in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9297-1:
        1. Slaughter dates in month/day/year format. Date ranges are acceptable.
        2. Processing dates in month/day/year format. Date ranges area acceptable.
      2. FSIS Form 9297-1 must be accurately completed. Errors such as incorrect establishment numbers, names and addresses of establishments may result in delayed or denied entry. In addition, the establishment number, name and address must agree with the information published on the AMS website. Also, if the product was certified at a slaughter/cutting plant, then both "slaughtering plant" and "processing plant" blocks must be checked in the section entitled "Product Exported From". The Government of Hong Kong is checking accompanying export certificates very closely and errors of this nature may result in delayed or denied entry.
      3. Additional certification statements in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5 and 9297-1 are prohibited. The only information that can be entered in the Remarks section is that information indicated in the country requirements.
    4. For deboned beef, hanging tenders, dry aged deboned beef, beef inside skirts, and further processed deboned product from cattle less than 30 months of age slaughtered prior to February 25, 2013, obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the statements indicated below:
      1. The boneless bovine meat and meat products are derived from cattle of less than 30 months of age.
      2. The feeding of ruminants with meat and bone meal and greaves derived from ruminants has been banned and the ban has been effectively enforced.
      3. Antemortem inspection is carried out on all bovines.
      4. Cattle from which the meat or meat products originate were not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity or to a pithing process.
      5. The following material was hygienically removed from bovine meat and meat product prepared for Hong Kong: skull, including brain, eyes and trigeminal ganglia, tonsils, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia (with the vertebral column) and intestine (pylorus to rectum).
      6. The boneless bovine meat and meat products do not include diaphragm (except the hanging tender), cheek and head meat, any trimmings, any mechanically separated meat or product from advanced meat recovery systems.
      7. Product meets EV Program Requirements for Hong Kong.
    5. For eligible beef products derived from cattle slaughtered on or after February 25, 2013 through June 16, 2014, as reflected in A.2. of the Eligible Product section, obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the following statements indicated below:
      1. The deboned beef was derived from cattle of all ages. The ribs and other bone-in beef products (excluding cuts involving vertebral column) were derived from cattle less than 30 months of age. The beef or beef products exclude mechanically separated beef, products from advanced recovery system, ground beef, scrap meat, trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) of such shape or in such condition as to afford insufficient means of identification with a definite part of a carcass.
      2. The feeding of ruminants with meat and bone meal and greaves derived from ruminants has been banned and the ban has been effectively enforced.
      3. The beef or beef products were neither derived from nor contaminated with the following specified risk materials: the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older, and the tonsils and distal ileum of any cattle regardless of age.
      4. The cattle from which beef or beef products were derived were not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity or to a pithing process.
      5. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that passed ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that were slaughtered under official supervision in FSIS-inspected establishments. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle free from systemic contagious, infectious and parasitic disease at the time of slaughter.
      6. The beef or beef products were produced in accordance with the FSIS National Residue Program, which ensures that the product is free of harmful residues.
      7. The United States has been evaluated and classified by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as a country with a controlled-risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
      8. The products meet EV Program requirements for Hong Kong.
    6. For all products identified in section A.1. of the Eligible Product section from cattle slaughtered on or after June 17, 2014, obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the following statements indicated below:
      1. The beef or beef products exclude mechanically separated beef, products from advanced recovery system, lean finely textured beef, scrap meat, and trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) indistinguishable from trimmings.
      2. The feeding of ruminants with meat and bone meal and greaves derived from ruminants has been banned and the ban has been effectively enforced.
      3. The beef or beef products were neither derived from nor contaminated with the following specified risk materials:  the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older, and the tonsils and distal ileum of any cattle regardless of age.
      4. The cattle from which beef or beef products were derived were
        not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity or to a pithing process.
      5. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that passed ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection.  The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that were slaughtered under official supervision in FSIS-inspected establishments.  The beef or beef products were derived from cattle free from systemic contagious, infectious and parasitic disease at the time of slaughter.
      6. The beef or beef products were produced in accordance with the FSIS National Residue Program, which ensures that the product is free of harmful residues.
      7. The United States has been evaluated and classified by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as a country with a negligible-risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
    7. Hong Kong requires that the state of refrigeration at the time of certification be indicated in the "PRODUCT AS LABELED" block of FSIS Form 9060-5. For example, a product labeled as "pork tongues" must be entered as "frozen pork tongues" when the product is shipped frozen. The term frozen may be entered in the block if the product is frozen at the time of export inspection even if "frozen" is not part of the product name. Should fresh product be shipped, (e.g. air shipment) the term "chilled" would be used.
    8. All FSIS certificates must include the species under product description.


Other Requirements

  1. Products may be subjected to laboratory examination, as the Hong Kong officials reserve the right to sample for microbiological examination and refuse entry to unsatisfactory product.
  2. Ship Stores: All meat and poultry products exported to ship stores must comply with the export requirements for Hong Kong.


Plants Eligible to Export

All Federally inspected establishments are eligible to export meat and meat products other than bone-in beef to Hong Kong.

Effective February 25, 2013, federally inspected establishments producing bone-in beef intended for export to Hong Kong must participate in an AMS, BEV program and be present on the "Official Listing of Eligible Suppliers for USDA Bovine EV Program". The beef must be derived from cattle slaughtered on or after the approval date on the AMS list.


Poultry Export Requirements for Hong Kong 

Eligible/Ineligible Product

  1. Eligible
    1. Poultry meat and poultry meat products with the exception of poultry products indicated in Section B.
    2. Poultry feet/paws with production dates on or after April 30, 2005, must bear the U.S. inspection legend to be eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    3. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised or processed in Kings County, New York, on or after February 22, 2013, are eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    4. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised or processed in Scott County, Arkansas on or after October 24, 2013, are eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    5. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised or processed in Stanislaus County, California before April 23, 2014, and on or after October 10, 2014, are eligible for export to Hong Kong.*
    6. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, processed, or slaughtered in Salem County, New Jersey on or before July 30, 2014, and shipped on or before August 28, 2014 are eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    7. Fully cooked or heat treated poultry products are exempt from poultry restrictions if heat processed according to the parameters in Poultry Processing Requirements.
  2. Ineligible
    1. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised or processed in Kings County, New York, before February 22, 2013.
    2. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised or processed in Stanislaus County, California on or after April 24, 2014 and before October 10, 2014.*
    3. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, processed, or slaughtered in Salem County, New Jersey on or after July 31, 2014, and shipped on or after August 29, 2014.


Poultry Processing Requirements

Heat treated poultry products must be heat processed to 158 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 3.5 seconds.

Labeling Requirements

Hong Kong will permit entry of eligible products labeled for China.

Documentation Requirements

All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product must be signed by a FSIS veterinarian. The veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the signature.

  1. Uncooked poultry, poultry paws, and poultry - Obtain FSIS 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness, and an FSIS letterhead certificate with the additional statements below:  For fully cooked or heat treated poultry, statement(s) regarding county / State restrictions should be deleted in cases where the poultry meat was heat processed according to the parameters in Poultry Processing Requirements.
    1. The meat was derived from birds found clinically free from generalized contagious, infectious and parasitic diseases.
    2. The meat was derived from birds that were free from clinical signs of avian influenza (AI) and Newcastle disease (ND). The birds have been kept on farms free from AI and ND and not situated in an AI or ND infected zone, as defined by OIE. The birds were slaughtered in an establishment not situated in AI or ND infected zone and were found to be healthy upon ante- and postmortem inspection.
    3. The birds, from which the meat was derived, were subject to ante- and postmortem veterinary inspection by an official veterinarian and the meat was found to be sound, wholesome and fit for human consumption.
    4. The birds were slaughtered, processed, cut and stored in establishments approved by USDA/FSIS and are eligible to produce and store poultry meat for domestic and international commerce.
    5. The birds have been slaughtered and processed hygienically and the meat complies with all current USDA laws and regulations.
    6. The poultry meat was packed and transported under hygienic conditions.
    7. The poultry meat has been produced subject to the U.S. National Residue Program. The results of the tests have not provided any evidence of the presence of chemical/drug residues or toxic substances which could be harmful to human health.
    8. The consignment of poultry meat was derived from live poultry which had been subjected to ante- and postmortem inspection and were found free of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
    9. Poultry meat and poultry meat products are not derived from birds raised or processed in Kings County, New York before February 22, 2013.
    10. Poultry meat and poultry meat products are not derived from birds raised or processed in Scott County, Arkansas before October 24, 2013.
    11. Poultry meat and poultry meat products are not derived from birds raised or processed in Stanislaus County, California on or after April 24, 2014 and before October 10, 2014.*
    12. Poultry meat and poultry meat products are not derived from birds raised, processed, or slaughtered in Salem County, New Jersey on or after July 31, 2014, and shipped on or after August 29, 2014.

    In addition, slaughter dates in month/year format must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5. Date ranges are acceptable.
  2. Fully cooked poultry and poultry products - Obtain FSIS 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness.
  3. Ostrich meat - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness. Exporters must present the scientific name of the bird to show that it is not from endangered species along with certification from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and FSIS Form 9060-5 to the Hong Kong Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene for import approval.
  4. Hong Kong requires that the state of refrigeration at the time of certification be indicated in the "PRODUCT AS LABELED" block of FSIS Form 9060-5. For example, a product labeled as "chicken leg quarters" must be entered as "frozen chicken leg quarters" when the product is shipped frozen. The term frozen may be entered in the block if the product is frozen at the time of export inspection even if "frozen" is not part of the product name. Should fresh product be shipped, (e.g. air shipment) the term "chilled" would be used.
  5. All FSIS certificates must include the species under product description.


Other Requirements

  1. Products may be subjected to laboratory examination, as the Hong Kong officials reserve the right to sample for microbiological examination and refuse entry to unsatisfactory product.
  2. Ship Stores: All meat and poultry products exported to ship stores must comply with the export requirements for Hong Kong.
  3. Hermetically sealed (canned) chicken broth - Hong Kong does not require health certification (FSIS Form 9060-5) for this product. Caution: Exporters should be aware that the product will not be able to move into any other country that requires export certification if the documents are not issued prior to leaving the U.S.


Plants Eligible to Export

All Federally inspected establishments are eligible for export of poultry products to Hong Kong.
 

Last Modified Oct 15, 2014