USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week solicited comments through April 25 on information collection concerning the importation and transportation of meat and poultry products.

Meat and poultry products not marked with the mark of inspection and shipped from one official establishment to another for further processing must be transported under FSIS seal to prevent such unmarked product from entering into commerce. To track product shipped under seal, FSIS requires shipping establishments to complete a form (7350-1, Request and Notice of Shipment of Sealed Poultry) that identifies the type, amount, and weight of the product.

Additionally, foreign countries exporting meat and poultry products to the United States must first establish eligibility for importation of product into the United States and certify on an annual basis that their inspection systems are equivalent to that of the United States.

Any meat and poultry product intended for import into the United States is required to be accompanied by a health certificate signed by the trade partner’s government official, stating that products have been produced by certified foreign establishments.

The Federal Register notice is available here.