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FSIS proposes to add Lithuania to US egg export-eligible list

Only egg products from certified establishments will be eligible for export
calendar icon 10 January 2022
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After extensive review, the US's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined that Lithuania’s egg product laws, regulations, and inspection system achieve an equivalent level of protection as applied domestically in the US.

FSIS has followed up with a request for public comment. The regulatory body will make its final decision following review of those comments. Should FSIS decide to add Lithuania to the list of countries eligible to ship egg products to the US, only egg products produced in certified Lithuanian establishments would be eligible for export.

All such products would be subject to re-inspection at US points-of-entry by FSIS inspectors.

FSIS said it plans to continue to evaluate and verify the equivalence of Lithuania’s food safety inspection system for egg products through document reviews, on-site audits, and point-of-entry re-inspection. This process applies to all egg-product importers.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.