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USDA completes equivalency audits for Netherlands, Ireland and Costa Rica

Christian Fernsby |
Non ambulatory veal slaughtered in the Netherlands will no longer be exported to the United States.

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Dr. C.J.M. Bruschke, the chief veterinary officer for the Netherlands, has promised to keep veal calves that cannot walk from entering the U.S. food supply.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently completed on site audits of the meat inspections systems of the Netherlands, Ireland, and Costa Rica.

The audits were to determine if the food inspection systems of the foreign counties for meat and eggs are “equivalent to that of the United States, with the ability to export products that are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and correctly labeled and packaged.”

The Netherlands exports raw intact veal, raw intact pork, thermally processed commercial sterile pork, heat treated but not fully cooked non shelf stable pork, and processed egg products.

Ireland exports raw beef and raw pork products to the United States. Costa Rica exports raw intact beef products to the United States.

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