Constituent Update - June 11, 2021
FSIS to Post Updated Dataset on Import Refusals
On June 15, 2021, FSIS will update the publicly posted dataset on import refusals for products that it regulates. Federal law requires every commercial shipment of imported meat, poultry, and egg products to be re-inspected prior to product entering U.S. commerce. FSIS re-inspects each shipment to verify labeling, proper certification, general condition, and any signs of tampering and to identify product adulterated by transportation damage. FSIS also performs additional activities on a random and/or for-cause basis, such as physical product examination and laboratory sampling for pathogens and chemical residues.
Any product that does not meet FSIS requirements is refused entry, and the importer has up to 45 days (30 days for egg products) to have the product destroyed for use as human food, re-exported/returned to the foreign country, converted to animal food, or brought into compliance with FSIS requirements, if applicable (e.g., relabeled, remarked, or issued a replacement certificate).
This dataset is updated around the 15th of each month and contains each shipment with product that was refused entry. To access these datasets or view more information about them, please visit the Import and Export Data page.
South Dakota Joins CIS Program
FSIS and the State of South Dakota have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement, which provides an opportunity for selected state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines. Under the CIS agreement, the State of South Dakota may inspect meat in selected establishments for shipment throughout the United States.
The CIS program was launched in 2012 under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after being authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Currently, nine states participate in the program to promote the expansion of business opportunities for state-inspected meat and poultry establishments. Under CIS, selected state-inspected establishments that comply with federal inspection requirements are permitted to ship their product in interstate commerce.
The CIS program is limited to establishments located in the 27 states that have established a Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) program. To be eligible to participate in the CIS program, state MPI programs must meet a number of criteria to demonstrate that the inspection that it provides to state-inspected plants will be the “same as” the inspection that FSIS provides to official federal establishments.
In addition to South Dakota, FSIS has signed agreements with Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin. For more information about CIS, visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/cis.
The full press release can be found at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/10/usda-expands-cooperative-interstate-shipment-program-meat.
Export Requirements Update
The Library of Export Requirements has been updated for products for the following:
- European Union
- Hong Kong
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
Complete information can be found at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/inspection/import-export/import-export-library.
FSIS notices and directives on public health and regulatory issues are available at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/policy/directives-notices. The following policy updates were recently issued:
FSIS Notice 20-21 - 2021 Yearend Closing Instructions
FSIS Notice 21-21 - Continued Availability of Protective Equipment for Inspection Program Personnel and In-Commerce Personnel
FSIS Notice 22-21 - Cloth Face Coverings, Disposable Face Masks, Disinfectant Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer for Employees Stationed at USDA and FSIS Facilities