The Quality Assessment Division has been assigned responsibility for reviewing and approving companies as eligible suppliers of porcine meat and meat products under the USDA Export Verification (EV) Programs. The EV Programs outline the specified product requirements for individual countries. The specified product requirements must be met through an approved Quality System Assessment (QSA) Program or Process Verified Program (PVP). The QSA and PVP Programs ensure that the specified product requirements are supported by a documented quality management system and is verified through independent, third-party audits conducted by the QA Division.
EV Program for Pork to the Russian Federation
There are three principal components of this Program:
- Pork must be free of tetracycline group antibiotics. Companies must evaluate and select suppliers based on their ability to provide conforming product.
- Slaughter facilities must implement a tetracycline group antibiotics testing program.
- Facilities approved for export to the Russian Federation must implement a microbiological testing program for generic Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and total plate count testing.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has designated the QA Division as the competent authority for providing verification that pork meets the specified product requirements outlines in QAD 1030V Procedure.
The following approved USDA EV Programs have been found in conformance with the requirements of the USDA EV Program for Pork to the Russian Federation and all criteria of their approved quality management systems. Final approval for export to the Russian Federation is granted through FSIS, and the Eligible Plants List, Pork – Russian Federation is located in the FSIS Export Library, Export Requirements for Russia, and can be accessed through the link below.
The QAD 1030 V Procedure outlines the specified product requirements for Porcine EV Programs.
PQA Plus Pork EV Program
The PQA Plus Pork EV Program provides verification for establishments that wish to supply pork and pork products to countries that require verification that the meat is derived from animals that were raised under the requirements of the PQA Plus Program.
The QAD 1008 Procedure outlines the specified product requirements for PQA Plus Pork EV Program.