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Import Information
FSIS is responsible for assuring that U.S. imported meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged.
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group of inspectors Public Health Information System (PHIS) - Import Component
FSIS has launched the import component of PHIS on May 29, 2012.
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Overview of the basic steps you need to follow to import meat, poultry and egg products to the U.S.
Eligible Countries, Products & Certified Establishments
Access list of eligible countries and the types of products eligible for import from each, certified and decertified establishments, and reports of audits of foreign countries.

Equivalence Process
Access to information on the equivalence process and regulations.

Imported Food Products Containing a Small Amount of Meat, Poultry, or Procesed Egg Product Ingredients
Information regarding imported food products containing a small amount of meat, poultry, or processed egg product ingredients.

Egg Products and Shell Eggs
FSIS has authority over the import of egg products and shell eggs for breaking. FSIS also verifies temperatures of shell eggs packed for the consumer.

FSIS Labeling Requirements
All labels with special claims require an evaluation by FSIS before they can be applied to imported products. Foreign establishments should consult the Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products to determine the process for label approvals.

U.S. Port of Entry Procedures
Learn about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirements, APHIS requirements, FSIS requirements, FSIS Import Reinspection, and access to the Import Inspection Manual.

Undenatured Inedible Meat Products
Information on the control of undenatured inedible meat and egg products that have the appearance of being fit for human consumption, but are intended for the manufacture of articles not for human food. Note that inedible poultry must be denatured regardless of the intended use.

Products for Personal Consumption
Information on bringing in small amounts of meat, poultry and egg products for personal consumption.

Samples for Research & Testing
Information on the importation of samples of meat, poultry, or processed egg products destined for laboratory examination, research, evaluative testing, or trade show exhibition.

Last Modified: August 24, 2012



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