October 18, 2021

 

Poland permitted to export poultry products to US


 

Poland has obtained approval to export poultry products to the United States.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reviewed Poland’s poultry laws, regulations and inspection system, and judged that they are equivalent to the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), and the US food safety inspection system.

 

Products from poultry slaughtered and processed in certified Polish establishments are now eligible for export to the US. This includes raw and processed items. All products will be subject to re-inspection at points-of-entry by FSIS inspectors.

 

Poland also has to comply with other requirements, including those of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), on controlling the spread of certain animal diseases.

 

Poland is the largest poultry producer within the European Union. According to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, exports exceeded 1.3 million tonnes in 2019.

 

Almost 200 reports have been posted on the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal concerning salmonella in poultry from Poland so far this year. However, most of them were reported by Poland as part of official controls.

 

Between 2016 and 2020, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to eggs from Poland. It affected 18 EU countries and was associated with 1,656 infections and two deaths, making it the largest European outbreak reported so far.

 

- Food Safety News