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
4. Background

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The United States is eligible to export raw and processed red meat products, raw and processed poultry products to Canada. Between January and December 31, 2012, the United States exported 713 073 375 kilograms of raw and processed meat and poultry products to Canada.

The USDA-FSIS inspection system was last audited by the CFIA in an audit that was delivered in two (2) phases. The first phase took place from December 1 to 11, 2009 where twelve (12) Ready to Eat (RTE) meat establishments were audited. The second phase took place from February 24 to March 11, 2010, where twenty-seven (27) slaughter and processing establishments were audited.

During the scope of this two-phase audit in 2009-2010:

  • Four (4) establishments were temporarily removed from the USDA-FSIS list of establishments that are eligible for export to Canada;
  • One (1) establishment was found to have conditions that were not immediately rectifiable, that did not pose an imminent threat to public health but would warrant decertification if not corrected within thirty days from the time of issuance; and
  • Three (3) establishments were found to have conditions that would normally have warranted delistment but were not delisted as adequate corrective measures were taken and/or acceptable action plans were presented at the time of the audit.

Acceptable action plans were presented by USDA-FSIS for all of the above establishments of concern and all have retained or regained the eligibility to export to Canada.

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