The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will allow Chile to export poultry and poultry products processed in certified establishments to the US effective December 3, 2007.
FSIS has determined that Chile’s laws, regulations and other materials showed that its poultry inspection system includes requirements equivalent to all provisions in the Poultry Products Inspection Act and its implementing regulations. FSIS, through annual on-site reviews, will verify that establishments certified by the government of Chile continue to meet all US requirements.
In addition to relying on its initial determination of a country’s eligibility and performing ongoing audits to ensure that products shipped to the US are safe, properly labelled and packaged poultry and poultry products exported to the US from Chile will be subject to FSIS re-inspection at ports of entry for proper certification, labelling, transportation damage and general condition. Selected shipments will be subject to additional re-inspection procedures, including examinations for product defects, laboratory analyses to detect harmful chemical residues, or pathogen testing appropriate for the product.
The proposed rule to allow the export of poultry and poultry products from Chile was published in February 2007 following a thorough evaluation of Chile’s poultry inspection system, laws, regulations and on-site reviews that began in 1997 after Chile requested approval to export these products to the US.