China will begin implementing its new electronic notification procedures Oct. 15, 2009. This requires U.S. poultry exporters to the country to e-mail scanned health certificates to U.S. officials.

The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) will then forward the information to China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).


This change stemmed from incidents of U.S. poultry containing fraudulent FSIS health certificates entering China.