USDA approves import of South Korean poultry

chicken1-Asif Akbar sxc.huThe final rule grants equivalency status to South Korea and will become effective 27 May 2014, according to reports. (Image source: Asif Akbar/sxc.hu)USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has granted South Korea the eligibilty to export poultry products to the US

In a statement, FSIS said that it has reviewed the country’s poultry laws, regulations and inspection system and has determined that they are equivalent to the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), the US food safety system for poultry.

“All such products will be subject to re-inspection at United States ports of entry by FSIS inspectors.”

The USDA said it decided to approve the sale of cooked South Korean poultry after on-site audits by USDA officials in 2008 and 2010 of the country’s inspection system.

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