dark overlay
nav button USDA Logo

FSIS

Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...

Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...

Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...

Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...

Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...

Export Requirements for India

IN-8 (Aug 17, 2018)

Asterisks (*) indicate the most recent revision to these requirements. To search, click on your browser's "Edit" menu, then click on "Find (on this page)". Enter "*" in the "Find What" field, then click "Find" or "Find Next" until all asterisks have been identified.  

Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible
    1. Fresh/Frozen Poultry and Poultry Products
    2. All products destined to the U.S. Embassy (See Documentation Requirements below) *
  2. Ineligible
    1. Fresh/frozen pork and pork products.
    2. Fresh/frozen meat/offal and meat products of ruminant origin.

Documentation Requirements

  1. Certification Requirements
    1. Fresh/Frozen Poultry and Poultry Products
      1. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
      2. The following statements must be provided on an FSIS Letterhead Certificate:
        1. The poultry or poultry products were derived from birds which either:
          1. For products not meeting the procedures outlined in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code for the inactivation of the avian influenza viruses in meat:
            1. have been kept in a U.S. county free from infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza and Newcastle Disease, as defined by OIE, in commercial poultry since they were hatched or for at least the past 21 days
              and
            2. have been slaughtered in an U.S. abattoir approved for poultry slaughter in a U.S. county free from infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza and Newcastle Disease, as defined by OIE, in commercial poultry and have been subjected to ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections and have been found free from any signs suggestive of avian influenza.
              OR
          2. In the case of processed poultry products, the procedures outlined in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code for the inactivation of the avian influenza viruses in meat were met.
        2. The poultry products were produced in accordance with the U.S. National Residue Program, which assures that the products do not contain harmful levels of veterinary drugs, pesticides, or environmental contaminants.
        3. The poultry meat was derived from federally certified slaughter and processing facilities that adhere to the U.S. performance standards for Salmonella, which would include, in part, Salmonella typhimurium, Salmonella enteritidis, and Salmonella typhi, among other Salmonella species, which have been verified by FSIS through monitoring of the pathogen reduction and HACCP programs implemented in these facilities.
      3. The following Self-Certification statements must be provided on Company Letterhead and signed by the USDA/APHIS accredited veterinarian:
        1. The consignment(s) destined to India do not contain beef and beef products in any form.
        2. The source birds were not fed with feeds containing materials of internal organs, blood meal and tissue of bovine origin.
    2. U.S. Embassy Shipments *
      1. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
        1. These shipments are not required to meet India requirements and FSIS can issue basic export certification only if the following statement is provided in the “Remarks” section of FSIS Form 9060-5: “Product Destined to U.S. Embassy”.

Processing Requirements

  1. Processed Poultry Products must meet the processing parameters outlined in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code Article for Avian Influenza for the inactivation of the avian influenza viruses in meat as shown below:
  Core temperature (°C) Time
Poultry meat 60.0 507 seconds
65.0 42 seconds
70.0 3.5 seconds
73.9 0.51 seconds

 

Labeling Requirements 

  1. In addition to meeting all U.S. labeling requirements, poultry and poultry products exported into India must bear all the following prefix labeling features, and exporters are to follow the specific guidelines presented in the attached Table: Indian Food Product Label Requirements for Imported Non-Vegetarian Products.
    1. Product
    2. Origin
    3. Ingredients
    4. Producer/Manufacturer OR Produced/Manufactured By
    5. Net Weight (kg)
    6. Lot/Batch Number
    7. Manufacturing Date OR Packed Date
    8. Best Before
    9. Storage Conditions
    10. Nutritional Information
    11. Non-Vegetarian Alert
    12. Imported By
    13. Customer Care India
    14. FSSAI FBO No.
    15. Maximum Retail Price (MRP) OR for Institutional Use Only
  2. The use of a single second affixed label to declare certain India-specific label elements is permitted in the principal display area (please see the link for guidance on specific label elements). If two labels are affixed, the name of the product printed on both labels must match exactly (i.e. “poultry meat”, “chicken leg quarters”, etc.) and neither label may be easily separated from the packaging. 
  3. The smallest individual unit of packaging must be labeled for all retail products (i.e. both the outside carton or container and the individually wrapped packages inside). For wholesale products only, the outside carton or container must be labeled, but the individually-wrapped products inside do not need to be labeled.

FSIS advises exporters to work with their importers in India to ensure that the India-specific labeling requirements are met. Examples of compliant labels for poultry and poultry products are attached here for reference.

Plants Eligible to Export

  1. All Federally inspected establishments are eligible to export to India.

 

Last Modified Aug 17, 2018