IMPORT SAFETY / New proposed rules from U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service for U.S. importer reporting by electronic means on import inspection application and certification relating to meat, poultry, and egg products from outside the United States.

Who is affected? Companies who import covered categories of food products into the United States.

(November 27, 2012, Proposed rule):

“The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the meat, poultry, and egg products import regulations to provide for the Agency’s Public Health Information System (PHIS) Import Component. The PHIS Import Component, launched on May 29, 2012, provides an electronic alternative to the paper-based import inspection application and imported product foreign inspection and foreign establishment certificate processes. In addition, the Agency is proposing to delete the discontinued ‘streamlined’ import inspection procedures for Canadian product and to require Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at official import inspection establishments. In addition to the proposed regulatory amendments outlined above, FSIS is announcing its intention to discontinue its practice of conducting imported product reinspection based on a foreign government’s guarantee to replace a lost or incorrect foreign inspection certificate and is clarifying its policy of addressing imported product that is not presented for reinspection.