Certification of Boneless Beef
Since the reopening of markets to U.S. boneless beef, it has become clear that some countries implement defect criteria for boneless beef which include bone fragments.
While FSIS does not consider this to be a food safety issue, exporters should be aware that this policy does exist in certain countries.
It is imperative that exporters work closely with importers to determine if such policies exist and, if so, that boneless beef products exported to these countries will meet their requirements and will be allowed entry upon their arrival at the port.
FSIS inspection officials should continue to certify boneless beef products, provided the product meets all USDA regulatory requirements (including labeling) as a boneless beef product.
FSIS re-inspection activities related to exports of meat products should continue to be applied as they are today; that is, in accordance with FSIS policy as outlined in FSIS Directive 9040.1, Revision 3, Re-inspection of Product Intended for Export (PDF only).
Visit FSIS' website to learn more about exporting products.