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USDA International Egg and Poultry


03 February 2015

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USDA International Egg and Poultry

Poultry production for January through November 2014 was down 7% compared to the same period in 2013.

Broiler production fell 7%; hen production was up 1 percent, turkey production was down 9% and others (ducks, geese, ostriches and others) was down 29%.

 

Chile’s poultry meat exports for 2014 totaled 96,415 tons, slightly higher compared to 96,085 tons in 2013. The value of those exports rose 12%
from $254 million in 2013 to $285 million in 2014.

Draft Order on Meat and Poultry Products in the Indian Market

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a draft Order for domestically produced and imported meat and poultry products that notes a procedure will be developed to inspect and monitor slaughtering and processing plants before granting market access to trading partners, and requires a country’s competent authority to certify to Indian import requirements. Furthermore, the draft Order has introduced modified text for some requirements currently included in veterinary import certificates for imported meat and poultry products. Although not notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO), FSSAI has requested interested parties to submit comments and/or suggestions by March 20, 2015. The draft Order notes it will come into effect on July 1, 2015.

DISCLAIMER: The summary below is based on a cursory review of the subject document and, therefore, should not under any circumstances be viewed as a definitive interpretation of the regulation in question, or of its implications for U.S. agricultural trade interests. The information contained in this report was retrieved from the Government of India website http://www.fssai.gov.in/. The U.S. Government makes no claim of accuracy or authenticity.

Introduction: On January 16, 2015, the FSSAI published a draft Order for domestically produced and imported meat and poultry products that notes FSSAI will work with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries to modify veterinary import certificates, and will require a country’s competent authority to certify to Indian import requirements. It also notes that a procedure will be developed to inspect and monitor slaughtering and processing plants before granting market access to trading partners. However, no details are provided in the text on what these new modifications or procedures may be. The draft Order introduced modified text for some requirements currently included in veterinary import certificates for imported meat and poultry products. For example, in para 12, sub-para a, allowing “milk and milk products (sic)” to be used as feed is not mentioned in most veterinary import certificates (except in the pet food veterinary import certificate).

Moreover, para 12, sub-para b, specifically prohibits poultry meat from being slaughtered and processed in the same facility as bovine and porcine meat. Para 12, sub para c, emphasizes regulations (see web links in the main highlights section below to access these documents) on the management and use of antibiotics and antimicrobials, including withdrawal periods. FSSAI officials stated that the draft Order has been submitted to the WTO, although to date it is not published on the WTO website for comment. FSSAI has requested interested parties to submit comments and/or suggestions by March 20, 2015. The draft Order notes it will come into effect on July 1, 2015.

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