Meat and Poultry Letterhead Certificates Required

A Lastest News about Poultry in Mexico

Posted on: 25 Dec 2011

The National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA) provided clarification on the appropriateness of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 12/6/2011 GAIN Report Number: MX1092 Mexico Post: Mexico New Meat and Poultry Letterhead Certificates Required Report Categories: Livestock and Products Poultry and Products Agriculture in the Economy FAIRS Subject Report Policy and Program Announcements Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Agriculture in the News Approved By: Dan Berman Prepared By: Gabriel Hernandez and Adam Branson Report Highlights: The National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA) provided clarification on the appropriateness of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Letterhead Certificates that must accompany shipments of certain meat and poultry as well as related products exported from the United States to Mexico. SENASICA indicated that new Letterhead Certificates must accompany all shipments arriving at the border when an agreement has been reached between the two governments (see accompanying product list) unless it was certified prior to Mexico’s Nov. 22, 2011, communication. Products have been held up at the border if they are not accompanied by the new certificate. General Information: On December 6, 2011, SENASICA’s Import and Export General Directorate announced that between now and December 15, 2011, Mexico will only be accepting the newest version of the FSIS Letterhead Certificates that were agreed upon and included in SENASICA’s official communication 0805/11 and dated November 22, 2011. If shipments are not accompanied with these new Letterhead Certificates they will likely be held up at the border until a new certificate can be issued. The Letterhead Certificates have been posted on USDA’s FSIS Export Library and the Spanish requirements are posted on SENASICA’s website under the Modulo de Consulta de Requisitos Zoosanitarios para la Importacion (MCRZI). Previously, it was thought that Mexico would allow both the new and the previous versions of Letterhead Certificates through December 15, 2011. It is important to note that if a shipment of a relevant product was certified prior to November 22, U.S. exporters should inform USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in Mexico ( and Tel: +52 55 5080 2532) so that the office can work with SENASICA and facilitate the trade of these shipments. It is critical that industry know and understand that all shipments arriving on or after December 16, 2011, must be certified with the new documentation requirements. The U.S. Government is continuing to work with SENASICA to reach an agreement on appropriate language for Letterhead Certificates for additional meat and poultry and related products (specifically those for beef and multi-species products) so as to comply with the Hoja de Requisitos Zoosanitarios (HRZs). On December 1, 2011, SENASICA granted an extension to the implementation period for these additional products with the hopes that a final agreement can be reached before December 15, 2011. It remains in question as to what will happen to shipments of products without an agreed upon Letterhead Certificate after December 15, 2011. The FAS Offices in Mexico encourage all interested parties to be in compliance with the new documentation requirements by the stipulated dates so as to avoid any trade disruption, as SENASICA will maintain only a small number of technical staff in their offices when the Mexican Government shuts down activities on December 16, 2011, for the holiday season. SENASICA has reported that technical staff are neither authorized nor able to make decisions or rulings in the case of a non- compliance with the HRZs and shipments, therefore, will need to await the return of authorized staff on January 3, 2012. Government Certificate Legal Entry Requirements: A free translation of SENASICA’s official communication is provided. ************************************************************* Begin note The National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality Animal Health General Directorate Import and Export Directorate MX1092 New Meat and Poultry Letterhead Certificates Required Page 2 Memorandum B00. Mexico City, November 22, 2011 Daniel K. Berman Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs U.S. Embassy Mexico City Paseo de la Reforma 305 Colonia Cuauhtémoc CP 06500, Mexico City Phone: 5080 2000 Fax: 5080 2150 & 5080 2834 e-mail: Dear Minister Counselor Berman: As a follow up on SENASICA´s official communication B00., dated November 9, 2011, the teleconferences held with FSIS Dr. Juan Rodriguez and to the emails received at this Area Directorate containing the proposed models of FSIS Letterhead Certificates to comply with the Zoo sanitary requirements of the new HRZ system (MCRZI), I would like to inform you, once the analysis has concluded, that we have reached to the following conclusion: The guarantees established in the of FSIS Letterhead Certificates models for the import of Pork offal (other than organs); pork offal (organs); pork cooked or smoked bacon; pork fat and lard; raw poultry meat; poultry offal (other than organs); raw poultry offal (organs); ovine/caprine offal (other than organs); ovine/caprine offal (organs); thermally process poultry; poultry edible fats; pork, carcasses, raw meat; processed egg products; poultry dried meat; poultry cooked or smoked bacon and pork skin popping are considered acceptable. We will inform all personnel from the Phyto Zoo sanitary Inspection General Directorate, at the points of entrance, its immediate enforcement as follows: Letterhead Certificates Correspondent combination Pork offal (other than organs) Despojos porcinos 024-13-181-USA-USA Pork offal (organs) Visceras porcinos 024-13-120-USA-USA Pork bacon Tocino cocido o ahumado (porcino) 024-13-423-USA-USA Pork fat and lard Grasas porcinas 024-13-363-USA-USA Raw poultry (fresh) Carne avicola 004-13-87-USA-USA Poultry Offal (other than organs) Despojos avicolas 004-13-086-USA-USA Raw poultry offal (organs) Visceras avicolas 004-13-182—USA-USA Ovine/Caprine (other than organs) Despojos ovinos/caprinos 098-13-161-USA-USA Ovine/Caprine (organs) Visceras ovina/caprina 098-13-120-USA-USA Thermally processed poultry Carne avicola con proceso termico 004-13-89-USA-USA Poultry edible fats Grasas avicolas 004-13-383-USA-USA Pork, carcasses, raw, etc Carne porcina 024-13-116-USA-USA Processed Egg Products Huevo procesado o sus partes 004-13-53-USA-USA Poultry dried meat Carne deshidratada/avicola 004-13-185-USA-USA Poultry bacon Tocino cocido o ahumado de ave 004-13-424-USA-USA MX1092 New Meat and Poultry Letterhead Certificates Required Page 3 Pork Skin Popping Piel de cerdo con tratamiento termico 024-13-823-USA-USA It is important to note that, in compliance with what agreed in the teleconferences, the certifications issued previous to November 30, 2011 for the import of this merchandise will be accepted. However, starting on December 1, 2011, the only accepted certifications will be those ones previously agreed. Best regards, ********************************************************** End note Author Defined: Author Defined: For More Information FAS/Mexico Web Site: We are available at or visit the FAS headquarters' home page at for a complete selection of FAS worldwide agricultural reporting. Other Relevant Reports Submitted by FAS/Mexico: Report Subject Date Number Submitted MX1076 Mexico Eliminates Trucking Retaliation Tariffs Against Ag. 10/21/2011 Products MX1042 Market Concentration in Selected Agricultural and Food 5/25/2011 Subsectors MX1019 Mexico Consolidates Labeling Requirements for Milk and 3/16/2011 Hams MX0096 Mexico Announces 2011 Import TRQ for Dairy Preparations 12/20/2010 MX0095 Mexico Announces 2011 TRQ for Milk Powder Imports from 12/20/2010 WTO Members MX0084 Guidelines to Harmonize Import Inspection of Agricultural 11/15/2010 Products MX0076 New Mexican Regulation for Milk and Milk Products 10/18/2010 Useful Mexican Web Sites: Mexico's equivalent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (SAGARPA) can be found at, equivalent to the U.S. Department of Commerce (SE) can be found at and equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (SALUD) can be found at These web sites are mentioned for the readers' convenience but USDA does NOT in any way endorse, guarantee the accuracy of, or necessarily concur with, the information contained on the mentioned sites. 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Posted: 25 December 2011

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