Final Report Of An Audit Conducted In The United States February 5th, through February 22nd, 2013 Evaluating The Food Safety Systems Governing The Production Of Meat And Poultry Products Intended For Export To Canada
12. Conclusions And Action Items

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The USDA-FSIS has addressed the audit findings that were identified in 2 establishments during the audit visit.

CFIA accepts different Central Competent Authority (CCA) inspection requirements and procedures in approved foreign establishments eligible to export to Canada where an equivalence determination has been completed. When changes to CCA requirements and procedures are implemented, a re-assessment of the changes is needed to verify the suitability of the new requirements and procedures – this process also helps ensure that any appropriate adjustments to Canadian export requirements for the US are made at the same time to ensure ongoing bilateral equivalency.

The audit process underscores the need for ongoing technical discussions to occur between the Central Competent Authority (CCA) and the CFIA to maintain equivalency between our two systems.

However, the following items need particular attention from the FSIS:

  • Animal welfare requirements for poultry and pork in the US
  • Ante-mortem inspection procedures for poultry
  • SRM controls in inedible products and appropriate validation regarding edible product
  • Implementation of FSIS requirements for validation for 5-7 D reduction of Salmonella in US establishments producing non-heat treated RTE products
  • HACCP requirements and implementation in FSIS regulated establishments

Overall, the audit showed USDA-FSIS's food safety system is performing as intended in an adequate manner.

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