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St Lucia Accepts US Cooked Poultry Products

by 5m Editor
4 November 2011, at 8:04am

ST LUCIA - St Lucia recently agreed to USDA's Export Certificates of Wholesomeness for Fresh, Frozen and Cooked Poultry and Poultry Products, which allows US fresh and frozen poultry products continued access to St Lucia and opens up the market for cooked poultry products.

St. Lucia imported approximately $10 million in poultry and poultry products from the United States in 2010, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Eligible Product include fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products, cooked poultry and poultry products and boneless beef and boneless beef products derived from cattle less than 30 months of age produced under an approved AMS Export Verification (EV) Less Than 30 (LT30) months of age programme.

To export eligible beef product to St. Lucia, the applicant must request, from AMS' ARC Branch, a Statement of Verification (SOV) for each shipment.

If FSIS inspection personnel become aware of concerns that an AMS approved LT30 establishment is not properly executing its Quality Control Programme, export certification should not be issued for the product in question and AMS should be notified.

Inspection personnel should include their immediate supervisor on messages to AMS.

Veal and veal products are not subject to the LT30 programme.

Fresh/frozen pork and pork products have been eligible since 8 July 2009.

Ineligible Product include poultry and poultry products raised, processed, or stored in states where low pathogenic or high pathogenic avian influenza has been reported and beef offal products.