The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on November 5 posted the names of four establishments in China that are eligible to export processed poultry products to the United States. The four poultry processing establishments, all located in the Shangdong province, are Shangdong Delicate Food Co. (3700/03409), Weifang Legang Food Co., Ltd (3700/03435), Qingyun Ruifeng Food Co., Ltd (3700/03439) and Qingdao Nine-alliance Group Co., Ltd (3700/03447).
The four Chinese poultry processing plants gained approval to export to the United States after FSIS conducted an audit in March, 2013. The audit found no significant deficiencies or problems with the four plants, and determined that the poultry plants in China were operating under requirements equivalent to those in the United States.
Poultry products to be imported into the United States must be processed in countries that have been determined by FSIS to have an equivalent poultry slaughter inspection system. China is eligible to export poultry products that are fully cooked and not shelf-stable.
After discussion and review of the export inspection certificate from China, FSIS has accepted the certificate.
FSIS will reinspect any product exported by the four establishments when it is brought to a United States port before it will be allowed into domestic commerce.