Export Requirements for Lebanon
LE-11 (Mar 12, 2012)
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- Eligible Products
- Poultry and poultry products.
- Meat and meat products, including bone-in and boneless beef products. A Beef Export Verification (BEV) program is required. Refer to the "Documentation Requirements" section for further information.
Effective March 19, 2012, a Statement of Verification (SOV) is no longer required as part of the export certification process for Lebanon. FSIS inspection personnel will continue 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.*
- Ineligible Products
- The restriction on raw poultry and poultry products has been removed.
Processed meat/poultry products should have the manufacturing date on the immediate container. If coded, explain each code on the export certificate. Meat and poultry products must reach Lebanon within 180 days of slaughter.
- Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5--Export Certificate of Wholesomeness for all meat and poultry products.
- Meat and meat products, including bone-in and boneless beef products.
Plants are required to export bone-in and boneless beef under an approved Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) BEV program. Information regarding the AMS USDA Beef Export Verification program and a list of eligible establishments can be accessed from AMS' Web site.
If FSIS inspection personnel become aware of concerns that an AMS approved BEV establishment is not properly executing its BEV program, 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
The export applicant must certify on the FSIS 9060-6, Application for Export, in the Remarks section, "The product was produced under a Beef Export Verification (BEV) program that was audited and approved by the United States Department of Agriculture´s Agricultural Marketing Service." In addition, slaughter and all subsequent processing plants must appear on the AMS´ list of BEV Lebanon approved establishments.
In addition to FSIS Form 9060-5, obtain an FSIS letterhead certificate with the following certification statements:
- The United States is free from the following significant OIE listed diseases for the relevant species: foot and mouth disease, rinderpest, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, lumpy skin disease, Rift Valley fever, peste des petits ruminants, heartwater, swine vesicular disease, sheep and goat pox, African horse fever, and African swine fever.
- With regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE):
- The United States has an active BSE surveillance program which meets or exceeds OIE recommendations.
- BSE is a mandatory reportable disease in the United States.
- BSE confirmed positive animals and identified at-risk cohorts are destroyed and prevented from entering the human or animal food chain, in accordance with OIE guidelines.
- The United States has prohibited the feeding of ruminants with ruminant meat-and-bone meal and greaves since 1997.
- The use of hormonal growth promoters for ruminants in the U.S. is in accordance with the relevant Codex Alimentarius norms or U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards.
- The meat was subject to residue testing in accordance with the U.S. National Residue Plan.
- The animals from which the meat was derived were born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States or were legally imported.
- The animals from which the meat was derived received ante and post mortem inspection under veterinary supervision and showed no evidence of systemic contagious or infectious diseases.
- The animals from which all bovine meat and bovine meat products and byproducts were obtained were less than 30 months of age.
- The meat was derived from official slaughter, cutting, and processing establishments approved and inspected regularly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Bovine meat, bovine minced meat, bovine meat preparations, and bovine processed meat products were processed from the carcasses of healthy animals determined to be fit for human consumption. The products were not derived from the following specified risk materials: 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 or older, or the tonsils and distal ileum of the small intestines regardless of the age of the cattle.
- The meat preparations and processed meat products do not contain any harmful additive.
- The meat, minced meat, meat preparation or processed meat products described in this certificate were obtained under hygienic conditions and therefore are considered to be fit for human consumption.
- The wrapping and/or packing of the meat or products bear the US inspection legend showing the official establishment number of the production plant.
- Include slaughter dates and expiration dates in the "remarks" section of FSIS Form 9060-5. Meat and poultry products must reach Lebanon within 180 days of slaughter.
- Meat and meat products must be loaded onto the ocean vessel within 30 days of the date on the FSIS export certificate.
- An import permit is required for fresh (unfrozen) poultry meat. Imports of frozen meat, frozen poultry (including livers) no longer need a prior import license.
Plants Eligible to Export
All federally inspected establishments are eligible to export to Lebanon. However, beef products must originate from AMS EV approved establishments.
LE-11 (Mar 12, 2012)