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Eligible Categories and Products: The People's Republic of China

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The products identified in the table below are eligible for export from the People’s Republic of China to the United States as determined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Equivalence Process

The USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) restricts certain animal products from entering the United States because of animal disease conditions in the country of origin. Applicable APHIS animal disease requirements that may have an impact on the People’s Republic of China’s eligibility to export product to the United States are referenced below the People’s Republic of China’s eligibility table.

Cooked Poultry products derived from birds slaughtered in a country eligible to export poultry to the United States are currently eligible for export from the People’s Republic of China to the United States.  Additionally, birds that are slaughtered in the People’s Republic of China are eligible source materials for cooked poultry products from the People’s Republic of China, effective December 8, 2019 (84 FR 60318).

The People’s Republic of China has been allowed to export Siluriformes fish and fish products to the United States under the conditions described in the proposed rule (83 FR 47524).  On November 5, 2019, FSIS published a final rule to list the People’s Republic of China in the regulations as eligible to export Siluriformes fish and fish products to the United States.

Raw source materials used to produce product intended for export to the United States must originate from a certified establishment in an eligible country that has an equivalent raw products inspection system.

These are the Process Categories, Product Categories, and Product Groups as listed in the FSIS Product Categorization document and defined in the Public Health Information System (PHIS).

  • For poultry, RTE = Ready-to-eat
  • For raw Siluriformes products, the Order Siluriformes includes the following Families: Ictaluridae (Catfish), Clariidae, Pangasius, and others. For guidance on acceptable common or usual names, see Siluriformes Fish Species List.

People's Republic of China

Eligible Process Category Eligible Product Category Eligible Product Groups
Raw - Non Intact Raw Ground, Comminuted, or Otherwise Non-Intact Siluriformes Siluriformes - All Products Eligible
Raw - Intact Raw Intact Meat - Other Siluriformes - All Products Eligible
Fully Cooked - Not Shelf Stable RTE Fully Cooked Poultry Chicken and Duck - All Products Eligible 
Fully Cooked - Not Shelf Stable RTE Poultry Fully Cooked Without Subsequent Exposure to the Environment Chicken and Duck - All Products Eligible 

APHIS Animal Disease Requirements for the People’s Republic of China:

Chicken and Duck imported from the People’s Republic of China is subjected to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Newcastle Disease (ND) requirements specified in 9 CFR 94.6.

For information or questions concerning a country’s animal disease status and restrictions please contact the APHIS Veterinary Services, Strategy and Policy, Animal Product Import and Export at:

USDA-APHIS
Veterinary Services, Strategy and Policy, Animal Product Import and Export (APIE)
4700 River Road, Unit 40
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: (301) 851-3300, option 4
E-mail: APIE@USDA.GOV

Link to the People's Republic of China’s Establishment List:

A certified establishment is an establishment that the Central Competent Authority (CCA) of the foreign country has certified as meeting the requirements of the inspection system that FSIS has determined equivalent to the United States inspection system and, therefore, eligible to export meat, poultry, or egg products to the United States.  

 

Last Modified Nov 05, 2020