Seeing minimal risk concerning the possible spread of avian influenza or Newcastle disease, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to add Poland to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States.
The FSIS review of Poland’s laws, regulations, and inspection system indicate that its poultry inspection system is equivalent to the system FSIS has established under the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and its implementing regulations.
Under this proposal, Poland would be eligible to export raw and processed poultry products to the United States. Although Poland may be listed in FSIS’ regulations as eligible to export to the United States, exported products must comply with all other applicable requirements of the United States, including USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) animal disease requirements. At this time, APHIS has recognized Poland as part of the EU Poultry Trade Region and considers them not affected with either highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or Newcastle disease.
Should this rule become final, all products that Poland exports to the U.S. will be subject to re-inspection at United States ports of entry by FSIS inspectors.
Public comments are being accepted and must be received within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register and may be submitted online via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by mail sent to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700, or by hand- or courier-delivery to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700. All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS 2015-0042.