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United States of America - Export requirements for meat and poultry products


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1. Eligible/ineligible product



2. Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country

2.1 General information

2.2 Equivalence of inspection systems

2.3 Establishments

2.4 Product

2.5 Product segregation and animal health restrictions

Animal health restrictions related to the receiving of raw poultry meat from Argentina, Brazil or Hungary

2.6 Inedible products exported for animal foods (undenatured)

2.7 Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) audit of Canadian establishments

Establishments given a thirty (30) day notice of intent to delist (NOID)

Establishments judged unacceptable and marked for immediate delisting

3. Product specifications

3.1 Microbiological requirements

Pathogen Reduction - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems

Ready-to-Eat (RTE) meat

Ready-to-Eat (RTE) products

Raw beef products

4. Production controls and inspection requirements

4.1 Restrictions on meat products

Poultry products

Chilling poultry carcasses
Weight of carcass Time (hours)
Under 1.8 kg (4 lb) 4
Between 1.8 - 3.6 kg (4 to 8 lb) 6
Over 3.6 kg (8 lb) 8

Freezing of poultry meat

Poultry carcasses prepared under religious dietary laws


Poultry feet and heads detached from the carcasses cannot be exported for edible purpose under Buddhist ritual. They are considered as inedible meat product and may be exported for animal food only.

Pork jowls

Pork meat - Trichinella control

Meat products derived from ruminants

Products encased in casings


A mention to the effect that the casings are regenerated collagen casings must be indicated on the label.

Retained water in raw meat products



Imported meat products

4.2 Compliance with United States products standards requirements

Specific standards for certain raw meat products

Products falling under the jurisdiction of the U.S. FDA

4.3 Ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection

4.4 Continuous supervision

Frequency of CFIA visits to establishments eligible to export to the United States


This requirement does not apply to establishments when they are only producing meat products that fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) (example: bison meat), or when the establishment is not processing meat products (example: meatless/vegetarian products).

4.5 Export of samples

4.6 Products for personal consumption

4.7 Products consigned to in-bond storage (ship stores) located within the United States

4.8 High security seals requirement of United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

4.9 Port-of-Entry (POE) procedures

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)


United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

4.10 Export of products returned to the United States

4.11 Return of Canadian meat products from the continental United States

Products refused entry by the USDA-FSIS

Products inspected and passed by the USDA

Other considerations

4.12 Import violations in meat product exported to the United States

5. Labelling, marking and packaging requirements

5.1 Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)

5.2 United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

5.3 Special marking and packaging requirements

Net weight

Stamping requirements for carcasses, halves, quarters, primal cuts, and offal


Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)


The difference between Canadian and United States requirements of "Product of Canada" may require exporters to develop procedures to ensure the correct labelling for export to the United States.

Label declaration requirements (microbial claims)

Product in casings


APHIS has restrictions on the use of casings of ruminant origin. Please refer to Pork meat – Trichinella control for details.

6. Documentation requirements

6.1 List of annexes

6.2 Certification

Thirty (30) day guaranteed replacement certificates

Certification of animal health requirements


Animal health declarations apply to products exported to the United States and to products exported that will transit in the United States (in transit).

Poultry meat products
Meat products derived from ruminants

Certification of public health requirements

Meat products under FSIS jurisdiction
Meat products under U.S. FDA jurisdiction

Canadian meat (beef, pork and poultry) used in production of U.S. meat products exported to Mexico


Canadian pork used in the production of U.S. pork products exported to Japan

Products consigned to in-bond storage (ship stores) located within the United States

Products not intended for human consumption

7. Other information

7.1 United States acts and regulations

7.2 United States official webpages

United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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