Checking a Country's Approved Plant List
Before issuing FSIS Form 9060-5 titled, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness, FSIS inspection officials should check to make sure the plant is eligible to export meat and/or poultry products to the country of destination.
There are approximately 12 countries that maintain an approved plant list for imports of meat and/or poultry products from the United States, including Australia, Mexico and Russia. Some of these countries import meat products from over 1,000 plants and some from as few as five. Plants may apply to be included on an approved plant list for most of these countries, but it is also important to check the country requirements for any additional information regarding the procedures that should be followed filing an application to be included on an approved plant list for the importing country.
It is the plant's responsibility to check a country's approved plant list and to file an application to be included on the list for that particular country. However, it is the obligation of the FSIS inspector signing the health certificate to verify that the plant is eligible to export product to the country of destination prior to signing the health certificate.